The Director General

His Excellency Professor Beyene Petros


H.E Prof. Beyene

His Excellency Prof. Beyene Petros, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, was appointed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) as the 5th Director General of FDRE Policy Studies Institute (PSI) starting January 6, 2022. Professor Beyene was born in 1950 in Hadiya Zone Southern Ethiopia. He earned his BSc degree from the former Haile Selassie I University in 1973. He then moved to the United States to continue his higher education. In 1977, he earned his MSc degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, and his PhD (specializing in Tropical Diseases and Public Health) from Tulane University, USA, in 1986, after completing his dissertation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, USA.

Professor Beyene Petros is a prominent politician, educator, and researcher at Addis Ababa University where he has trained and advised dozens of graduate and doctoral students. Prior to his appointment as Director General of PSI, he served in various public institutions, academic societies, and national and international professional associations. Professor Beyene began his academic and research career as Chairman of the Department of Biology at Addis Ababa University from 1986 to 1991, and was also the founder and President of the Biological Society of Ethiopia from 1989 to 1991.

Professor Beyene served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Health and Development, WHO /AFRO, from 1997 to 2000, and as Scientific Secretary of the Ethio-Soviet Biological Expedition from 1987 to 1991. Similarly, he served as Chair of the Ethiopian Bioethics Initiative (ETBIN) from 2002 to 2014 and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pan African Bioethics Initiative (PABIN). In 2013/2014, he was also a visiting professor at Governors State University, Chicago, USA. He also conducted research on the molecular biology of malaria as a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Prof. Beyene has also led the thematic research projects on Malaria and other parasitic diseases at Addis Ababa University. In addition, he has chaired and served on advisory boards and conference organizing committees of many international, continental and national professional associations.

Apart from the academic circle, Professor Beyene is revered as the most conspicuous political figure in Ethiopia. Since 1992, he pioneered the formation and leadership of opposition political parties that have worked for good governance and sound democracy in Ethiopia. Accordingly, he served as Vice Minister of Education in the Transitional Government of Ethiopia, from 1991 to 1993 and as a member of the FDRE House of Representatives from 1991 to 1993 and from 2000 to 2010.

Professor Beyene Petros has won many international and national awards and gold medals for his public engagement, academic achievements, and research leadership. He has published nearly 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a very popular book on Basic Principles of Biology.

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Journal of Vaccines & Vaccination

National Library of Medicine


BMC BioMedCentral 

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