Desta Mebratu

Visiting Professor, Stellenbosch University

Desta Mebratu is a chemical engineer by background and has a PhD of engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University and an MBA in International Business from American University of London. Dr. Mebratu has more than 28 years of experience working for industries, government agencies, universities and international organizations.

He worked for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for 13 years holding various positions including serving as the Deputy Regional Director for Africa (2011-2016). His main areas of expertise are: Resource efficient and cleaner production, sustainable energy systems, sustainable industrial development policies and Green Economy. He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference reports. He is currently an Extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the African Academy of Science (AAS), Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (Stias), South Africa, and Visiting Fellow of Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies, Sweden.