Dr Azage Tegegne Wolde

2013 College Recipient, College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Dr Azage Tegegne Wolde is a senior scientist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the only livestock research institute among the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) centres.

Based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he also serves as Deputy Representative to the Director General in Ethiopia and currently manages an action research project called Livestock and Irrigation Value Chains for Ethiopian Smallholders, one of the biggest projects in ILRI, which deals with livestock and irrigation value chains and touches the lives of millions of smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

Dr Tegegne has more than 25 years of extensive experience in university teaching, research, development and consultancy services.  He has authored or co-authored more than 280 scientific and professional articles in journals, proceedings, and book chapters, and has supervised and coached more than 65 PhD and MSc/DVM students.

A founding member of the Ethiopian Society of Animal Production and a founding fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, Dr Tegegne serves on a number of Boards including the Ethiopian Meat and Dairy Technology Institute and the Ethiopian Association for Organic Agriculture as well as various professional and welfare associations.

The recipient of numerous certificates of merit, gold medals and diplomas from various national and international organisations, in 2012 Dr Tegegne was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Sciences (Honoris Causa) by Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia in recognition of his significant contributions to science, society and humanity at large.

Earlier this year, he was selected as an Ambassador for the Australia Awards Ambassador Initiative of AusAID to help better bridge development efforts between Africa and Australia.

Dr Tegegne was conferred with a PhD by James Cook University in 1990.  He also holds B.Sc. and MSc degrees in Animal Sciences from Alemaya College of Agriculture, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.