GHRU Team Members

Below you can browse team members by country in alphabetical order.


Professor Abebaw Fekadu Wassie

Co -Director – CDT Africa, Addis Ababa University

Dr Abe Fekadu is a Clinical Professor of Global Mental Health and Head of the World Bank Africa Centre of Excellence in Therapeutic Discovery (CDT-Africa) at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, where the BSMS is a knowledge partner. Abebaw is also an African Research Leader (the Medical Research Council/DfID, UK) and fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. In addition, he serves on various committees and advisory boards, including WHO, Lancet Commission and Journal editorial boards. Abebaw graduated in Medicine from Addis Ababa University and trained in Clinical Psychiatry in Cardiff and at the Maudsley (UK). He has obtained a certificate in clinical psychopharmacology (British Association for Psychopharmacology, UK), MSc degree (Cardiff University) and PhD (Umea University). His research interests are in clinical trials, complex interventions, mood disorders and knowledge translation. 

Dr Belete Adefris Legesse

Post Doctoral Research Fellow – CDT Africa, Addis Ababa University

Dr. Belete A. Legesse is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Head of Medicinal Chemistry at CDT-Africa. He is a Co-investigator of drug development for skin-neglected tropical diseases (Skin NTDs). He is a lead researcher for the bench-scale synthesis of active pharmaceutical ingredients to promote the local production of medicines. He also serves as NIHR Global Health Research (GHR) Training Programme Academy Member. He received his B.Sc degree in Applied Chemistry from Hawassa University and his M.Sc degree in Organic Chemistry from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He worked from 2005-2008 as a chemistry teaching assistant and from 2008-2009 as a lecturer of organic and physical organic chemistry at Arba Minch University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and Northeastern University, USA, and was a research scholar at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Belete’s Ph.D. research project focused on the preparation of organic nanotubes and metal nanoparticles for drug delivery and diagnostic applications. He is trained in organic nanochemistry at the National Institute of Nanotechnology, NINT-NRC Canada. Belete’s research focuses on drug discovery and development; the development of new synthetic methods for green and medicinal chemistry applications; promoting local production of medicines and nanotechnology for point-of-care diagnostic kit development.

Dr Asrat Mengiste

Co-Investigator – CDT Africa, Addis Ababa University

Dr Asrat Mengiste is n Ethiopian National specialized in general surgery at the Addis Ababa University, having attended numerous specialized reconstructive surgery trainings around the world, namely in the US, UK, India, Norway and South Africa. Asrat acquired a masters of Public Health Programme training at Addis Continental Institute of Public Health, Addis Ababa Ethiopia and has ten publications on peer reviewed Journals. He has over twenty years clinical experience in morbidity management and disability prevention of people affected by Echinococcosis, Trachoma, Buruli Ulcer, Leprosy, Podoconiosis and lymphatic Filariasis. Since July 2018 he has worked at CDT-Africa at the Collage of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia as Senior NTD Technical Advisor.

Professor Eyasu Makonnen Eshetu

Acadmic Supervisor – CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University

Prof. Eyasu Makonnen Eshetu started his academic carrier as Graduate Assistant at Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University (AAU) since August 1980 soon after his graduation with B. Pharm from AAU. Since then, he has gone through different academic ranks till, he became full professor of Pharmacology in February 2003. Currently, he is Deputy Head of the World Bank Supported Centre for Innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa), AAU, Ethiopia. He had served as Head, Department of Pharmacology, and as Coordinator, Biomedical Research and Training Program, Faculty of Medicine, AAU. He had advised and is still advising several MSc and PhD students. He has received several research grants from different organizations and published extensively. He has served as member in National Drug Advisory Committee of Ethiopia for six years. He serves as a member of editorial boards in several National and International peer reviewed journals. He has also served as member and vice president in different professional societies and national/international committees. He has served as member and Chairperson of National Health Research Ethics Review Committee. His research focuses mainly on clinical trials and phytotherapy. He is a fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Science.

Mersha Kinfe Lemma

Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator – CDT-Africa, Addis Ababa University

Mersha currently works as the Implementation Research Project Coordinator at CDT-Africa. Prior to this, he worked at the WHO as PST Project Manager at Addis Ababa University, College of Health Sciences and as WASH Advisor at Progynist head office in Addis Ababa. His education background includes a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH) from Haramaya University of Ethiopia and a Bachelors of Bachelor of science degree (BSc.) in Environmental Health science from Jimma University of Ethiopia. In 2004 he received his Diploma in Environmental Health from Haramaya University of Ethiopia.


Mesoud A.Bushara

Research Assistant – University of Khartoum

Mesoud is a Lecturer at the University of Khartoum, in the Faculty of Geographical and Environmental Sciences. His area of my research is geospatial analysis, disease mapping and environmental variability. He has been actively working in spatial information systems GIS, GPS, and remote sensing applications for more than five years.

Rayan Saif Eldin Yousif Ali

Post Doctoral Research Fellow – Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum

Rayan Ali is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum. She is working on host genetic susceptibility to mycetoma in Sudan. Her research interests include genetics of infectious diseases and population genetics.

Dr Sahar M. Bakhiet

Project Coordinator – Institute of Endemic Diseases, University of Khartoum

Sahar is currently the head department of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Endemic Diseases and the Research Coordinator at the Mycetoma Research Centre, University of Khartoum. She is involved in many research projects related to mycetoma with special emphasis on genetic susceptibility, biomarkers, diagnostics and immunology. She also works with the first double-blind clinical trial study on a new treatment for Mycetoma funded by DNDi. Dr Sahar is a project manager for NIHR Global Health Research Unit for Neglected Tropical Diseases (BSMS) projects in mycetoma. She is a member of many national, and international academic and scientific associations.

Kannan Ommer Ahmed

Public Engagement Officer

Kannan Omer Ahmed (B Pharm, MSc , PhD) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy University of Gezira, Wad Medani, Sudan.
He established the first multidisciplinary heart failure clinic in Sudan, now serving several heart failure patients in which the clinical pharmacist plays a pivotal role in the management process. He is currently in the role of Public Engagement Officer for GHRU Phase 2 in Sudan, working with the community.