Menale Kassie was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2020. As a fellow, Menale Kassie contributes to the development of the Academy’s strategic direction through participation in AAS activities and governance structures. . This gears the Academys vision of transforming african lives through science.
Menale Kassie is a Principal Scientist and Head of the Social Sciences and Impact Assessment Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. Before joining icipe, Menale worked for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and for a government organization in Ethiopia. Dr. Menale Kassie holds a Ph.D. in Development and Resource Economics from the School of Economics and Business, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. He has 16 years of research experience with sound knowledge in impact assessment, project development and management experience, and leadership. Menale Kassie has published 88 articles in scholarly journals in impact assessment, one heath economics, and gender analysis. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including:- The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Siwei Cheng Award in Economic Sciences (2020). Listed in the world's top 2% of Scientists List created by Sandford University (2021). Ranked among the top 5% of authors in the field of Economics in IDEAS, the largest bibliographic database dedicated to the discipline. Appointed as a Specialty Chief Editor of the Insect Economics section of the Frontiers in Insect Science Journal (2020). Elected as an Associate Fellow to the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (2020). Received the icipe outstanding professional staff award (2019). Research Committee Member of the Environment for Development (EfD) initiative at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, (2018–2022)