Alebel Weldesilassie is a research fellow at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI), a think tank that conducts policy-relevant research and advises the Government of Ethiopia on economic development. He also acts as a Director of the Poverty and Sectoral Research Directorate of the EDRI, as well as an assistant professor at the Addis Ababa University School of Economics. In the past, he has worked as a research assistant at the International Livestock Research Institute and International Studies on Childhood Poverty Program in Ethiopia. He has also served as a water resource economist in the Ministry of Water Resources. He did his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Hohenheim University, Germany. He obtained his MSc. in Economic Policy Analysis from Addis Ababa University and BSc. in Agricultural Economics from Alemaya University.