Fetene Masresha was elected as an AAS Fellow in 2015. As a fellow, Fetene Masresha 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.
Prof Masresha Fetene spearheaded the establishment of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, which he now leads as Executive Director. Prof Masresha served as Vice President for Research of Addis Ababa University (AAU) (2009 -2013). During this period he established the office of the Vice President for Research with three directorates, i.e., Research, University-Industry Linkage and Community Service and established three new research institutes: the Institute of Biotechnology, the Ethiopian Institute of Water Resources and the Institute of Development and Policy Research. He formulated research strategies and appropriate policies and procedures for successful implementation of the research vision of Addis Ababa University. He also initiated and oversaw the growth and expansion of graduate studies at AAU in the introduction of new programs (over 35 new masters and over 25 new PhD programs) and curriculum revision, in the growth of graduate student admission (e.g., PhD student enrolment from 360 to 1540) as well as in quality improvement programs such as visiting scholarship schemes and formation of consortia. Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc. Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences Founding member of the Biological Society of Ethiopia Research Fellowship, University of Bayreuth, German Research Foundation (1991-1992) UNESCO-ICRO - Short term Research Fellowship Award (Summer 1994) DAAD Short term Research Visit Award (Summer 1995 and 2003) Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (July 2000- September 2001)