Yitatek K. Yitbarek

Project Manager - Ethiopia

Sector Lead - Energy

Yitatek K. Yitbarek is passionate about current developments and global debates on climate change, renewable energy, and policy-research linkages. He has an interest in biofuel production and development in Ethiopia and the broader region. Prior to joining RSB, he was the Programs Coordinator and Policy Interaction and Communication Lead at the Environment and Climate Research Center (ECRC) at the Policy Studies Institute (PSI). ECRC is a centre established to backstop Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) strategy through research and knowledge.

He is also the Regional Facilitator (East Africa) for an International Training Programme (ITP) for Climate Change – Adaptation and Mitigation offered by the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) funded by Sida. In his previous experience, he was involved in project on Ethiopian Panel on Climate Change (EPCC) and produced and presented a Radio programme about renewable energy investments and current developments in Africa. He has experience and understanding the landscape of the bioethanol business environment in Ethiopia.

He has a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and is currently finalising MBA studies from Jimma University (Ethiopia).

At RSB he is a project manager in Ethiopia focused on developing an alternative aviation fuel roadmap and managing engagement with key local and regional stakeholders who will play a role in driving the development of the industrial bioeconomy. He also leads RSB’s work on bioenergy.

Phone: +25 193 895 8296 (Ethiopia)

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