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Mr. Abebe Haile-Gabriel, a national of Ethiopia, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia; a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. in Development Studies (Agricultural and Rural Development) from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, the Netherlands.

Deputy Regional Representative: Abebe Haile-Gabriel

Mr. Abebe has extensive work experience in the agricultural sector, having worked with higher learning institutions in Ethiopia and the African Union Commission in various capacities.

He started his professional career in 1986 as a member of the faculty teaching and undertaking research in Agricultural Economics at the Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia. He also served in a number of managerial positions within the same university, until he was appointed in 2000 as the Academic Vice President at the Ethiopian Civil Service College, a higher learning institution that caters for capacity development of the public sector in Ethiopia.

Over the last ten and a half years, he worked with the African Union Commission (AUC) with the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture in various progressive capacities including from 2005-2008 as Director of Semi-Arid Food Grains Research and Development (AU/SAFGRAD) based in Burkina Faso; from 2008-2010 as Head of Division of Rural Economy; and from 2011-2015 as Director of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture Division (DREA), where his portfolio included Agriculture, Food Security, Rural Development, Environment, Climate Change, Water and Land Management.  As Director of AU-DREA, he was responsible, among others, to coordinate the formulation and implementation of policies and strategies for the development of African agriculture, the rural economy, and sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.

Mr. Abebe is also the FAO Representative in Ghana.