Dr. Berhe Gebreegziabher Tekola

Dr. Berhe Gebreegziabher Tekola is currently Director of the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Dr. Tekola, a national of Ethiopia, holds a Doctor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Camaguey, Cuba, a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science from l’École nationale vétérinaire de Toulouse, France and a PhD from l’Institut national polytechnique de Toulouse, France.

In 1986, Dr. Tekola started his professional career as Field Veterinarian and Head of the Veterinary Section for the District of Ginnir, in Bale Province, Ethiopia and, in 1987, he became Head of the Chilalo Awarja Veterinary Section in Arsi, Ethiopia. From 1989 to 1992, he served as Leader of the Animal and Fishery Resources Development Team of the Bale Administrative Region, Ethiopia.

Dr. Tekola joined the National Veterinary Institute (NVI) of Ethiopia in 1992 as a Junior Research Officer. He became the Acting Head of the Quality Control Laboratory in 1994 and, subsequently, was appointed Manager of the Institute’s Research and Technical Department in 2001. In 2003, Mr Tekola became General Manager of the Institute, a position he held until 2007.

In 2007, Dr Tekola was appointed Director, Animal and Plant Health Regulatory Directorate within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Ethiopia