CEESP Regional Vice-Chair - East and Southern Africa
Mersie Ejigu is Founder and President of Partnership for African Environmental Sustainability (PAES) and Senior Vice President for Africa and Latin America of Sun-Earth-Wind-Water Energy. His background includes: Senior Fellow for the Foundation for Environmental Security and Sustainability (FESS), Visiting Professor, UN University for Peace, Department of Environmental Security and Peace, Assistant Director General for Programmes and Policy of IUCN- the World Conservation Union, Gland, Switzerland, Regional Director-IUCN Eastern Africa. He has also worked as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, Department of Economics.
In his home country, Ethiopia, Mersie served as Minister of Planning and National Development, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Director General of the National Statistical Bureau and Director of Macroeconomic Planning.
For the multilateral financial and development institutions, Mersie has consulted UNDP various bureaus, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Sustainable Development Division), IMF, The World Bank, UNICEF, UNECA in areas of strategic planning, finance and development policy, environmental security, bioenergy and program formulation and evaluation. He has led interdisciplinary study, program formulation, and evaluation teams to: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Vietnam, Laos, Nepal, Mozambique, Sudan, Swaziland, and Libya.
His recent global appearances include keynote speaker at the International Conference on Energy and Meteorology, Gold Coast, Australia, 2011; speaker at the African Development Forum (ADF VII) on climate change and security; the 2008 IUCN World Conservation Congress, Barcelona on sustainable bioenergy; 2006 European Green Week on biodiversity conservation and development cooperation; Yale University on climate change and energy, 2009; UNCSD on strategic planning for sustainable development; and the WTO Tenth Anniversary Symposium (2005) on rethinking the energy paradigm in Africa. He has chaired and facilitated several regional and global conferences including in the late 1980’s serving as President of the Council of Ministers of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
Trained at Alemaya College of Agriculture, Ethiopia, and University of British Columbia, Canada in agricultural economics and development economics, respectively, Mersie Ejigu has extensively written on wide ranging issues, including on sustainable development strategies, poverty and environment, environmental security, and bioenergy.