Menale Kassie

Dr Menale Kassie

Menale Kassie received a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway). He has 14 years of research experience, with sound knowledge in impact assessment tools, project management experience, and leadership.

Currently, Kassie is a Principal Scientist and Head of the Social Sciences and Impact Assessment Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology. He has previously worked for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and for government organizations in Ethiopia. His research seeks to understand (a) the adoption and impact of multiple-agricultural interventions on farm household welfare, environment, and gender; (b) sources of gender gaps in agricultural technology adoption and food security; (c) how women’s empowerment impacts food security and performance of technologies; and (d) the role of insects in green growth, food security and nutrition, employment, and economic development.

He has published 78 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books listed in Google scholar with citations 7957 and h-index 45, and in Scopus with citations 2852 and h-index of 28. In recognition of his research and leadership, Kassie has received awards in his career. In 2020, he was nominated to receive the 2022 TWAS Siwei Cheng Award in Economic Sciences and elected an Associate Fellowship of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. He received icipe's 2019 outstanding professional staff award.