Chief Executive Director

Mekuria Haile Teklemariam


Meet PSI's, Chief Executive Director

H.E Mekuria Haile, Ph.D. was appointed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Director of Ethiopian Policy Studies Institute on 6 October 2020.
H.E Mekuria Haile, Ph.D. served as a Minister, for Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction of Ethiopia and he has been a member of the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives.
Mekuria, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Addis Ababa University (AAU) and has obtained his Master’s degrees in International Business Management and Business Administration from Universities in Ireland and England respectively. His first post in the public sector was the Trade, Industry and Urban Development Bureau of the Southern Region and cabinet member of Southern Regional State. He then moved to Ethiopia Capital City, Addis Ababa chief Executive officer of the Municipality services.
He has received Degree of Doctor of Information and Telecommunication Technology Management from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea University on 2020.
Mekuria, Ph.D. has been in different Public office from 1992, he is posted as Chief Executive Director of Policy Studies Institute, a government policy research think tank.

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Business management. September 1987 to14 July 1990 Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa Ethiopia
  2. Master of Business studies: International business. September 1999 to spring 2001, Dublin University Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
  3. Master of Business Administration. Spring 2007 to 31 December 2011, the open University, Chartered University, London, United kingdom.
  4. D. In Information & Telecommunications Technology management, spring 2020. KAIST
  1. Expert 4 years’ experience in public service commission. Sept. 1990 to Sept. 1995
  2. Chief Executive Director, 7 years' leadership experience in wondo trading public Business Company. Sept. 1995 to Sept. 2002.
  3. Bureau Head, 7 years strategic leadership experience of Trade, industry and urban Development Bureau in southern Regional Government of Ethiopia. Sept. 2002 to May 2008.
  4. Municipality service Chief Executive officer, 2 years strategic leadership experiences in Addis Ababa City Administration, May 2008 to Sept. 2010.
  5. Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Construction Ministry, 6 years’ experience. Sept. 2010 to Sept. 2016
  6. Minister Rank Advisor on Urban and Housing Affairs for the prime Minister of Ethiopia 4 years Sept. 2016
  7. Chief Executive Officer on policy studies institute since September 2020 up to date
  1. M., & Kwon, Y. (2017) Investigating the influence of bridging the digital divide on economic growth and corruption control: Case of East Africa, 14th ITS Asia-pacific Regional Conference Kyoto.
  2. Teklemariam, M., & Kwon, Y. (2018) Improving broadband subscriptions in developing countries; A more compressive analysis 22nd ITS Biennial Conference Seoul.
  3. Teklemariam, M., & Kwon, Y. (2020) Differentiating mobile broadband policies across diffusion stages: A panel data analysis. Published in telecommunications policy journal, 44 (8).

  1. Developing tailored strategy for mobile applications adoption across diffusion levels: A panel data analysis, in publication process.
  2. Exploring main policy drivers of sustainability: A cross-cities analysis. In progress.


1. Good Governance and Civil service Reform model institution Award
was given to the ministry June 2015, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Civil Service Ministry, His Excellency the prim-Minister, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2. Un- public service Award
in Integrated Housing and Development program was given to the ministry 23 June 2015, United Nations Departments of Economic and social Affairs, Medellin, and Republic of Colombia.

3. The 2014 prestigious UN –Habitat Scroll of Honor Award Was given to the Ministry in youth job opportunity creation in Ethiopia Cities, UN-Habitat, 11 April 2014, Medellin, and Republic of Colombia

4. Best Award of collaborative spirit: In recognition of the achievement in collaboration and networking demonstrated during your years with ITTP, KAIST. August 24, 2018.

5. Distinguished award of collaborative spirit: In recognition of the achievement in collaboration and networking demonstrated during your year with ITTP, KAIST. February 21, 2018.

6. Award of Outstanding Research Achievement: in recognition of the outstanding research findings and publication in Korea Advanced institute of science and (University) August,2020

7. Award of Academic Excellence with gold medal: In recognition of the outstanding academic performance in Korea Advanced Institute of Science and technology (University), August, 2020.

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