H.E Afework Kassu Gizaw (Prof.) is State Minister of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since October 2018. He is leading the science, and higher education academic and research issues of the MoSHE.
Before joining MoSHE he served as State Minister of Foreign Affairs (May 2018 – Oct 2018) where he led political diplomacy activities of Continental Affairs 2 (the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania, and International Organizations Affairs and International Legal Affairs). He also was State Minister of Science and Technology (Oct 2015 – May 2018) where he led Quality and Regulatory Affairs of the Ministry.
He also served as Director General for Higher Education Research and Academic Affairs at Federal Ministry of Education from January to October 2015 where he played critical leadership role in higher education research and academic affairs. He served University of Gondar in different capacities from May 1994 to September 2014, including as vice president for Research and Community Services. He has been transferred to Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences of Addis Ababa University since October 2014 and serving as Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.
Prof. Afework was trained as a biologist and an applied microbiologist at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia and earned BSc and MSc degrees in 1993 and 2001, respectively. He holds PhD in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Tokushima, Japan in 2007. He also conducted postdoctoral studies at University of Colorado Denver, USA from 2008 to 2010. His broader research involvements include the epidemiology, immunology and molecular biology of infectious diseases with emphasis on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, intestinal parasitoses, sexually transmitted infections and other bacterial infections, etc, as demonstrative in over 140 peer reviewed scientific publications in peer reviewed journals in Ethiopia and elsewhere in the world. Prof. Afework has been serving as anonymous reviewer for large number of national and international peer reviewed journals publishing articles in the areas of infectious diseases, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, public health, health services, etc. Prof. Afework is a member of several professional bodies including Ethiopian Public Health Laboratory Association, Ethiopian Society of Tropical and Infectious Diseases, Ethiopian Medical Association, Biological society of Ethiopia, Ethiopian Space Science Society, American Society of Microbiology, and Japanese Society for Bacteriology. He is a Life Member of Ethiopian Public Health Association, Ethiopian Red Cross Society, and Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia.
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