Core Team

The core team of ATLAS consists of senior experts with the highest qualification in the field of engineering, economics and management with 100+ years of cumulative experience working with industries, governments, academics, and international organizations at national, regional and international levels. Moreover, our experts are members of some of the leading regional and international scientific institutions and expert networks in their respective areas.

Desta Mebratu, Professor, Founder and CEO of ATLAS, Ethiopia

Desta Mebratu has more than 30 years of experience working for industries, government Desta Mebratu-2018agencies, universities and international organizations. A chemical engineer by background, he has a PhD of engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University, Sweden and an MBA in International Business from the American University of London. He worked for different United Nations Agencies including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) where he worked for more than thirteen years and served, among others, as Head of the global Business and Industry programme (2008-11) and Deputy Regional Director for Africa (2011-2016). He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and Handbooks, including co-Editing a Handbook on Sustainable Development Policy and Administration published by Taylors and Francis in 2008. He is currently an Extraordinary Associate Professor at Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, Stellenbosch University. He is Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) in South Africa and Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies in Sweden.

Salif Diop, Professor, University CAD of Dakar, Senegal

Salif Diop has been working at the United Nations, in particular at UNEP’s Division of DIOP New ID Photo Dec 2017Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA) as a Senior Officer for nearly 16 years. He is a water specialist with extensive experience in various aspects of coastal oceanography, freshwater assessment, aquatic and marine issues, sustainable management and development. He holds a 3rd Cycle Doctorate he defended in 1978 and a State Doctorate he defended in 1986 from University Louis Pasteur/Strasbourg/France. He is a member of various expert and working groups, including numerous scientific and research institutions. He has more than 40 referred publications with 6 books as main author and co-author and has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize Certificate – IPCC 2007. Other 140 publications can be added to his own list as technical documents, research work, monographs, thesis, abstracts, and book reviews. He is a University Professor, Vice-Chair of ILEC (International Lakes Environment Committee Foundation), since Nov. 2016, Member of the National Academy of Sciences and Techniques of Senegal since February 2006, Member of the African Academy of Sciences (ASS) and Member of The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Sciences in the Developing Countries (TWAS).

Gulelat Kebede, New School, New York

Economist by training, Dr Gulelat Kebede has over 25 years of professional experience at Gulelat Kebede- portrait (1)local, national and global levels. His most recent experience includes coordinating UN-Habitat’s global activities in urban economy and municipal finance, and prior to that in training and capacity building. During his long career with the UN, he authored or contributed to many publications and capacity development tools in the areas of urban economy, governance, finance, leadership, sustainable cities, climate change and green economy. His work in Africa includes coordinating and supporting urban projects on local economic development, environmental planning and management, housing and municipal finance and local leadership. Since 2016 he has been contributing to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s (UNECA’s) work on integrating urbanization into national development planning. He was the lead consultant for the Economic Report on Africa 2017, a flagship report on urbanization and industrialization. He was visiting scholar to Darmstadt Technical University (Germany), University of Rome, University of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh min, and University of Auckland and he is currently part time faculty at The New School, New York, and guest lecturer at School of University of British Columbia.

Toolseeram Ramjeawon, Professor, Environmental engineering, University of Mauritius

Toolseeram Ramjeawon holds a Diplome D’Ingenieur from the Ecole Polytechnique de Prof T.RamjeawonMontpellier (France) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Mauritius. Professor Ramjeawon has more than 28 years of experience working for academic institutions, government agencies, industries and international organizations and is currently a Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering, University of Mauritius. He held a number of senior management positions such as Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Mauritius. He also acted as Technical Adviser on Environmental Management to the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Mauritius and served as International and Regional consultant to a number of international organizations including United Nations Agencies and African Development Bank. He has more than 25 publications in refereed international journals and more than 35 publications in refereed International Conference Proceedings. Professor Ramjeawon was a Fulbright visiting research scholar Virginia Tech, USA.

Getachew Assefa, Associate Professor, Environmental Design, University of Calgary, Canada

Getachew Assefa is an Associate Professor of Environmental Design at the University of Getachew_profile_pic_uofcCalgary with a focus on sustainable development and design. He is the former Athena Chair in Life Cycle Assessment at the Faculty of Environmental Design. He has a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, MSc in Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure and a Ph.D. in Industrial Ecology from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. His research particularly focuses on the design and development of technical systems including energy systems, biofuels and bioenergy, waste management system, and buildings. He teaches courses in life cycle assessment, industrial ecology and sustainable development. His research has been published in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Journal of Building and Environment, and Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society. He has active teaching and research collaboration with three universities in Ethiopia.

Yacob Mulugeta, Professor, Energy and development policy, University College London, UK

Yacob Mulugetta is a Professor of Energy and Development Policy at the University Yacob MulugettaCollege London; and held an academic post at the Centre for Environmental Strategy, University of Surrey, UK.  He is a founding member of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) at the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where he worked as Senior Climate & Energy Specialist (2010-2013).  He has 25 years of research, teaching and advisory experience specialising on the links between energy infrastructure provision and human welfare. His research is focused on three interconnected areas: energy systems and development; energy systems and climate change; and political economy of low carbon development. He served as a Coordinating Lead Author of the Energy Systems chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report (Working Group III on Mitigation), a member of the core writing team for the IPCC synthesis report, Steering Committee member of UNEP’s Emissions Gap Reports (2015-2017), and lead author in the upcoming IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC.  More recently, he served in the drafting team of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), and continues to provide technical support for the initiative.  In 2017, Yacob Mulugetta was elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS).