Biography:  Dr. Hailu’s current work focuses on energy policy research, policy outreach, institutional capacity development and regional consensus building to mitigate energy sector challenges in fourteen member States in Eastern Africa. Prior to joining the UN system, Dr. Hailu worked at Michigan State University (MSU) and West Liberty University in different capacities. At MSU, he was Associate Director of Research at the Land Policy Institute co-leading policy research initiatives in areas of land policy, energy policy and economic development. In 2010, he joined the faculty in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics as Visiting Assistant Professor where he pursued energy and natural resources policy research, the latter focused mainly on Africa. Before joining MSU in 2007, he was Assistant Professor of Economics at West Liberty University.

Dr. Hailu has published in various peer-reviewed journals including Energy Policy, Natural Resource Policy Research, Agricultural and Resource Economic Review, Journal of Income Distribution, Food Distribution Research and Land Use Policy, among others. He has also authored and co-authored several book chapters and reports. He is WVU alumnus who completed his Master’s and Ph.D. program at the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Finance from the University of Asmara, Eritrea. He has a work experience in Eritrea and is an expert on energy policy issues in Eastern Africa