Abrhaley Gebrelibanos, Research Assistant for Tigray region, joined LIVES in September 2013. Abrhaley holds an MSc degree in Rural Development & Agricultural Extension and a BSc in Agricultural Extension, both from Haramaya University. Prior to joining LIVES/ILRI he worked as a Rural Development and Agricultural Extension Researcher in Mekelle University. Abrhaley is based at the Tigray Agricultural Research Institute (TARI) office.

Amenti Chali, Regional Expert – Irrigated Agriculture for Oromia region, joined LIVES in April 2014. Amenti holds an MSc in Agronomy from Hawassa University and a BSc in plant science from Alemaya University. Before joining LIVES/ILRI he worked as an Assistant Researcher in Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (OARI) – Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center and agronomy and as an Irrigation Officer in the international Development enterprise (iDE). Amenti will be based in OARI in Addis Ababa.

Abule Ebro (PhD), Regional Coordinator for Oromia region, joined LIVES in March 2013. Abule holds a PhD in Grassland Science from University of Orange Free State, an MSc in Animal Production from Alemaya University and a BSc in Animal Sciences from Addis Ababa University. Before joining LIVES/ILRI, he worked as a Senior Researcher in the Oromia Agricultural Research Institute (OARI) – Adami Tulu Agricultural Research Center. Abule will be based in OARI in Addis Ababa.

Beamlak Tesfaye, Knowledge Management and Communications Expert, joined LIVES as of August 2015.  She is a graduate in Political Sciences and International Relations and Print Journalism respectively from Addis Ababa University (AAU). In addition, she did her MSc in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University, Sweden. She has been working as a Development Outreach and Communications Specialist for USAID Agribusiness and Trade Expansion Program (USAID ATEP). She has also been involved with the Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement (ADVANCE) project of ACDI/VOCA in Northern Ghana and an Environmental NGO, Afrika Kontact based in Copenhagen.

Parmilia YeshitellaProgram Assistant, joined LIVES in January 2013. Parmilia has an MSc in Business Information Technolgoy and a post graduate diploma in human resource management from University of Mysore, India. Prior to joining LIVES/ILRI Parmilia was working in the ICT center of excellence at the Addis Ababa University.

Muluhiwot Getachew, Programme Coordinator, joined LIVES in 2013. Muluhiwot holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Towson State University and an MBA in International Business from the University of Baltimore, Maryland. She has worked in various organizations in different capacities and has diversified experience in administrative support and financial management. Prior to joining LIVES/ILRI, she worked in the IPMS project as a Programme Management Officer.