Bachelor of Science, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1985. Master of Science, University Reading, 1994. Doctor of Philosophy, University Natural Resources & Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, 2001.
Postdoctoral fellow United Nations University Institute Advanced Studies, Yokohama, Japan, 2003—2005. Researcher Ethiopian Institute Agricultural Research, Addis Ababa, since 1986, head, biosafety & intellectual property biotechnology, since 2008.
Married Zena Ermyas, May 25, 1997. Children: Walande, Natnael, Phoebe.