Diploma, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1982. Master of Science, Mendel University, Czech Republic, 1989. Doctor of Philosophy, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany, 1998.
Technical assistant Addis Ababa University, 1983-1985, senior lecturer, 1989-1991. Researcher Awassa (Ethiopia) College, 1989-1992, assistant professor, 1997—1998. African Highlands Initiative senior research fellow International Center Tropical Agriculture, Soddo, Ethiopia, since 1999.
Technical advisor SOS Sahel, Wollo, Ethiopia, 1992. Member German Society Plant Nutrition, New York Academy of Sciences, International Plant Nutrition Society.
Married Hibret T. Belay, March 5, 1999. 1 child Lealem Tilahun.