Kefena Effa

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Staff picture Full name Kefena Effa
Position National Program Coordinator for African Dairy Genetic Gains (ADGG)
Telephone +251 911 74 83 81


Kefena Effa (PhD) was graduated in BSc in Animal Production and Rangeland Management from the then Awassa College of Agriculture in 1998, with MSc and PhD in Animal Genetics and Breeding in 2004 and 2012, respectively from Haramaya University. 

Before he joined ILRI, had been working for the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Holetta Agricultural Research Center (HARC) in various positions. He served as a junior researcher from 1999 to 2002 and as team leader of Animal Genetics and Breeding from 2004 to 2008. He also worked as a National Dairy and Equine Research Commodities Coordinator between 2014 and 2016 and demonstrated excellent managerial skills in project management and coordination. Kefena also pioneered sport horse breeding and genetic improvement program in Ethiopia.

Kefena has also track records and indeed acknowledged for supporting the establishment cattle conservation and research activities for some of the critically endangered cattle breeds of Ethiopia.

Kefena has extraordinary contribution not only to agricultural research and project coordination and management, but also play great roles in Academia. He is one of the Founding Members of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences. He currently serving as an Executive Committee member of the Academy. He is also an Editor-in-Chief of the Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP). He also serves as a rapporteur for high level meetings for the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences (EAS). He is also a Co-PI and National Coordinator of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded regional project entitled “Towards improving Dairy Productivity in Smallholder Systems: Developing Tolls and Frameworks for Data Acquisition, Analysis and Decision Support got Smallholder Dairy Producers in East Africa”. He is also a member of Borlaug Fellowship Program of the USDA, USA.

Kefena published more than 20 peer reviewed and high quality research papers in national and some of prestigious international journal publishers.

He joined the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) on September 8, 2016 and currently work for ILRI as a National Program Coordinator for African Dairy Genetic Gain (ADGG) at ILRI Addis Ababa.

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