Dr. Amare Ayalew
Dr. Amare Ayalew is the Program Manager of PACA. Dr. Amare has researched the occurrence, epidemiology, and management of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins as well as plant health for over 20 years. Prior to joining PACA, he had served as Associate Professor of Plant Pathology and Head of the School of Plant Sciences at Haramaya University, Ethiopia. He had also led the Crop Protection Section and the Crop Protection Research Program at the same university. He has supervised 54 post-graduate students including 10 PhD graduates. He has published on mycotoxins, plant health and other challenges to agriculture and is author/co-author of over 50 publications including 35 peer reviewed journal articles. Dr. Amare received a PhD (summa cum laude) in plant pathology from the University of Goettingen, Germany, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Haramaya University in Ethiopia. He holds certificates in project management, evidence-based policy making, higher institution leadership, SPS and pest risk analysis, among others. He has been a USDA fellow and visiting professor at Texas A&M University, USA (2008) and had five separate research stays at the Bavarian State Research Center in Munich, Germany, studying mycotoxigenic fungi, mycotoxins, and biorational plant disease control between 1993 and 2012.