Adamu Addissie, PhD
He is a medical doctor with specialties in Public Health (Epidemiology) and Global Health (Bioethics). For the past 20 years, he served at various levels within the Ethiopian Health System and Higher Education System as a clinician, public health practitioner, academician, and researcher. He is currently working as an associate professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. He is a firm believer in teamwork, multidisciplinary engagement, integrating capacity building in all academic and research undertakings and an advocate for resilience and quality of care. He successfully initiated and led a post-graduate program in Field Epidemiology at AAU (2009) which for its success was replicated to 7 other universities across the country. He helped in the initiation and establishment of the first cancer registry in Ethiopia since 2011 regularly contributing longitudinal data to IARC-WHO’s Global Cancer Observatory (GLOBOCAN). He established and led a NCDs and Cancer Research Working Group at Addis Ababa University which solicited major interest from the Ministry of Health and international collaborators. Recently I initiated its establishment and led the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at College of Health Sciences and Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (TASH). He have authored/co-authored about 100 peer-reviewed publications in internationally accredited journals including book chapters; have led/co-led over 20 multidisciplinary collaborative grants and generated a total of about 15 million USD in funding. He have collaborated with international partners (funders, universities, and research collaborators) such as Martin-Luther-University (Germany), the American Cancer Society, the African Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET), Human Heredity and Health Africa (H3Africa), Pan-African Christian AIDS Networks (PACANet), African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) and Global Initiative in Neuropsychiatric GenEthics (NEUROGEN). He Served as honorary and guest faculty at Martin Luther University (MLU, Germany), MUHAS (Dar, Tanzania), Charte University (Berlin, Germany) and University of Kwazulu Natal (UKZN, South Africa).
Girma Taye Aweke, PhD
He completed his MS at the University of Ready, UK, and PhD at the University of Kuazulu Natal, South Africa. He is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. He is currently heading the Department of Preventive Medicine. His research focuses on identifying, characterizing, and modeling vulnerability to health services among urban populations; strengthening the use of HIMS for better decision making; developing and expanding the use of statistical methods suitable for studies related to NCD, longitudinal studies, complex survey data analysis; handling data from heterogeneous populations; improving health services data quality and use; modeling and assessing the course of COVID 19; studies on the effect of climate change on health which basically require handling large data sets and data from different sources, combining and analyzing in order to come up with reasonable prediction; synthesis of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDs; and improving monitoring and evaluation systems for health and related studies. Dr. Girma has extensive experience working with statistical software such as SAS, STATA, R, and others. He has led or participated in projects related to health vulnerability, urban health, HIV/AIDs, improving health information systems, NCD, and data use in health. Currently, Dr. Girma is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University.
Mitike Molla Sisay, PhD
Completed her PhD in Public Health from the Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Norway in 2009 and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in 2011 from Emory Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, USA. Dr. Mitike served Addis Ababa University at different levels since 2002 and currently, she is the VP for Research and Technology Transfer. Focusing on the continuum of adolescent, maternal, and child health, she has published more than 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Mitike is an Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Addis Ababa University. Apart from her regular teaching and research work, she is participating in different community services where she was the President of the Ethiopian Public Health Association and is currently chairing several academic boards. She is also a fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.
Awoke Misganaw Temesgen, PhD
Awoke Misganaw Temesgen (PhD) is currently Senior advisor for the National Data Management and Analytics Center (NDMC), Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) which focuses on continuously gathering data available at research institutes, academics and agencies in Ethiopia; store, manage, share, analyze and synthesize available data; and timely disseminate and facilitate use of evidences including burden of disease estimates for public health impact by Ministry of Health and its Partners. Dr. Awoke is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington. In this role, he leads subnational burden of disease collaborative initiative between IHME and EEPHI. He is Global Burden of Disease Scientific Council Member. Dr. Awoke is a PI for IHME and EPHI subnational burden of disease Ethiopia project funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, $12 M, 2019 – 2024. Dr. Awoke interests are sub-national burden of disease analysis, causes of death, non-communicable disease and their risk factors, data science and system in resource poor settings and build data system and analytic capacity, networking and collaboration, and translating evidence to health policy. Dr. Awoke has been lecturer at School of Public Health and Researcher at Addis Ababa Mortality Surveillance Program, Addis Ababa University and he has worked at different levels in the Ethiopia health Care System. He was Research Advisor at Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University.
Afework Kassu Gizaw, PhD
A senior professional with very extensive range of experiences in high level government leadership positions, university, diverse governance boards, councils and steering committees in Ethiopia. He demonstrated strong leadership, management and governance skills. He earned reputations and proven track record of achievements in the performance of duties by introducing policy measures, proclamations, strategies, directives, guidelines, and capacity building initiatives. For example, led the design and implementation of: National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy and strategy; Science, Higher Education, and TVET policy and strategy; National research strategy and priority areas; Differentiation of higher education system of Ethiopia; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) framework; Research Priority areas on COVID-19; Ethiopian Professors Council, etc. He contributed to science culture enhancement and in the building and promotion of research culture in Ethiopia. Assumed different responsibilities to ensure that research, technology transfer and community services at universities contribute to development needs of the country by conducting applied and problem-solving research, by technology adoption and transfer, and rendering need-based services to the community. He Led/Contributed to Ethiopian Diplomatic and/or Technical Delegation in multiple multilateral and bilateral engagements. For example: 73rd UNGA meeting in New York, 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris; 7th TICAD Ministerial Meeting for African Foreign Ministers in Tokyo; UNCTAD meeting in Geneva on Science and Technology; Oslo Forum on peace negotiations; etc. Most of these were connected with resource mobilizations for capacity building. He Conducted various epidemiological, biomedical, clinical and health service researches. Published over 140 scientific papers in various reputable journals and also presented the findings in various scientific conferences
Sudip Chakraborty, PhD
Dr. Sudip Chakraborty is a Doctorate in Chemical Engineering from University of Calabria, Italy. He is currently holding Full Professor (ASN) in Chemical Engineering in sector – ING-IND 24 at Laboratory of Transport Phenomena and Biotechnology, University of Calabria, Italy. He was also a visiting researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA. His major fields of interest are membrane separation, Pharmaceutical contamination, plasmonic nanoparticle, composite materials. Dr. Chakraborty with h-index-62 published more than 140 research publications in international SCI indexed journals/book chapter as well as many conference proceedings. Dr. Chakraborty is also serving as Chief Editor/Associate editor in many scientific international journals published by Elsevier, Springer-Nature as well as Wiley-Gmbh
Teshome Gebre Kanno, PhD
Dr. Teshome Gebre began his career in public health after graduating from the then Gondar Public Health College, Addis Ababa University in Environmental Health. Currently, Teshome holds M.Sc. in Global Health Policy and PhD in Health Care Management. After serving for 18 years at the Ministry of Health-Ethiopia in various capacities, Teshome joined The Carter Center in 1995 and established the Ethiopia Country Office in Addis Ababa and worked for 17 years as its founding Country Director. Dr. Gebre is a global public health expert with extensive experience in managing various disease control and eradication programs. Since June 2011, he has been working as Regional Director for Africa employed by the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), a program of The Task Force for Global Health (TFGH). He has organized and led several nation-wide surveys, clinical trials and operational research projects. Dr. Gebre has authored/co-authored more than 95 publications in peer reviewed international journals including contributions to four book chapters. He has also been active member of the WHO/AFRO Regional Program Review Group (RPRG) that is tasked with providing principal programmatic guidance for the control and elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Africa since 2013. Teshome has been working as a reviewer and member of editorial boards of several highly reputable international scientific journals. He is also one of the International Board of Directors for Amref Health Africa since 2016. Teshome has membership and leadership roles in several professional societies like the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA), American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH) and International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID). Teshome has received several prestigious awards in recognition of his outstanding professional contributions including Gold Medal & Certificate of Distinction from Ministry of Health-Ethiopia and Gold Medal & Certificate of Merit from the Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA).
Alemnesh Mirkuzie, PhD
Completed her graduate studies in Sweden in 2004 and her PhD from the University of Bergen in Norway. With extensive experience in clinical care, and public health research she has published more than 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is a PI and Co-PI of several types of research and has secured competitive grants from Meltzer Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the World bank. She has also received several research awards. Currently, Alemnesh Hailemariam Mirkuzie is a senior public health researcher and coordinator of the National Data Management Center for Health at the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). She is also an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington and a research associate at the University of Bergen in Norway.
Samson Gebremedhin Gebreselassie, Ph.D
Dr Samson holds a PhD and Master’s degrees in Public Health from School of Public Health (SPH), Addis Ababa University (AAU). He has served in the academia for nearly 20 years. Currently he is an Associate Professor at SPH, AAU. His area of research is in Maternal and Child Nutrition and diet-related NCDs and he extensively published in those areas. He also has rich experience in consulting international and national organizations. He served as editorial board members of multiple reputable journals including PLOS ONE, BMC Public Health, BMC Pediatrics, and Ethiopian Journal of Health Development. He is also a member of the FAO/WHO expert group on nutrient requirements for children and Ethiopian Public Health Association’s Food Security, Food Safety and Nutrition Technical Working Group (FFN TWG).
Kidist Sahlu holds a BA in Journalism and Communication from Addis Ababa University. She also has a Diploma in Secretarial Science. She is pursuing her MA Degree in Human Resource Management at Addis Ababa University. Currently, Kidist serves as an Administrator, Copy Editor of the Ethiopian Journal of Health Development as well as secretary of the board.