Dr. Abera Demeke has more than 10 years of broad working experience in economic research, international development and teaching at the post-secondary level.
Dr. Demeke's academic background stretches back to his first degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Alemaya in Ethiopia, followed by a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the University of Goettingen in Germany and a PhD degree (magna cum laude) in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.
Recently, he also received a Master's degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver, Canada.
Dr. Demeke has been a research fellow at the University of Hohenheim and a research officer at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He actively participates in research and has published various articles in a range of areas, including food security, climate variability, risk management, technology adoption and the role of education in rural development in reputable scholarly journals.
He presented papers in different international conferences such as the International Panel Data Conference at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists at the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart. He is the author of a book entitled: "Weather Risk, Social Capital and Household Wellbeing in an Agrarian Economy: Empirical Studies on Ethiopian Smallholders", published by Margraf Publishers in 2011.
Dr. Demeke teaches economics, research methods, quantitative methods and business courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a full-time faculty at Douglas College, and he has taught a variety of courses at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Adler University and Acsenda School of Management.