Dr Menale Kassie
Dr. Menale Kassie is a prominent development economics scientist in Africa, recognized for his exceptional contributions in the field. He has been ranked among the top 2% of scientists globally in the 2021 Sanford University survey and identified as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate in 2023. His research has primarily focused on addressing knowledge gaps and establishing a research agenda for inclusive and resilient development in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly within the context of agricultural development interventions. One of his key contributions lies in developing innovative methodological and scaling approaches emphasizing gender-inclusive socio-technical bundles for sustainable intensification. Through his work, he has advanced the measurement and evaluation of the adoption and impacts of multiple sustainable agricultural intensification technologies and practices on social, economic, and environmental sustainability (SEES).
Dr. Kassie's research has extended beyond theory and into practice, as he has been instrumental in designing holistic scaling approaches aimed at systematically improving agricultural production, health, and resilience to climate change. With a strong publication record comprising over 95 articles, his work has garnered significant recognition and has accumulated more than 14,290 citations (H-index 57) according to Google Scholar. He has also contributed to various book chapters and policy documents, effectively disseminating his expertise and findings to a broader audience. Beyond his research endeavors, Dr. Kassie actively engages in resource mobilization, policy advocacy, and outreach efforts. He has played a crucial role in mentoring numerous young researchers and postgraduate students, served as an evaluator for research grants, and provided valuable academic editorial and reviewing services.
Dr. Kassie's remarkable scholarly pursuits have garnered him national, regional, and international acclaim. His outstanding contributions have been recognized through prestigious accolades such as TWAS Siwei Cheng Award in Economic Sciences and his ranking among the world's top 2% of scientists. He has also received distinction as a highly cited researcher by Clarivate in 2023. Furthermore,
Dr. Kassie has been appointed Chief Editor for Insect Economics, reflecting his expertise and leadership in the field. His achievements extend further as an elected fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and an associate fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, solidifying his esteemed status within the academic community.
He is the Principal Scientist and heads the Social Sciences and Impact Assessment Unit at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). Before joining icipe, he assumed positions at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway).