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Celebrating achievement: Julie Ojango and Tadelle Dessie promoted

Celebrating Julie Ojango’s and and Tadelle Dessie’s recent promotion

Julie and Tadelle cut the cake marking their promotions announced on the same day. Both were employed by ILRI in the same year, 2006. Photo by: Grum Gebreyesus(ILRI)

Two researchers in the Animal Sciences for Sustainable Productivity (ASSP) team Julie Ojango and Tadelle Dessie have been promoted to the position of Scientist. The appointments were made at the beginning of April 2013.

Both Julie and Tadesse joined ILRI in 2006 and it is interesting that they have been promoted at the same time.

Julie joined ILRI based Nairobi, on a part time basis to lead a project on Capacity building for sustainable use of animal genetic resources.  At the time, she was a senior lecturer in animal genetics and breeding (AGB) at Egerton University, Kenya.

In academics, she holds a PhD degree in AGB from the University of London in the UK, and an MSc in the same field from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.  She is well versed in dairy and small ruminant production systems found in developing countries, and skilled in livestock data management and quantitative genetic analyses. She has strong knowledge sharing skills, and strives to impart information to transform the livestock sector and develop a next generation of scientists to help change the management and use of animal genetic resources in developing countries.

Tadelle on his part has 20 years of research and development experience in various national and international research and development organizations.  In the period leading to his new appointment, he was group leader for Biotechnology Group based in ILRI-Ethiopia and is involved in the areas of knowledge management and capacity building. He is well versed with projects addressing research for development concentrating on understanding and improved utilization of animal resources to contribute for enhanced livelihoods of poor livestock keepers. Tadelle has rich experience and understanding of livestock production systems in Africa, livestock science, animal health, and interactions between people, livestock, and the production environment.

He holds a BSc in animal Sciences (1990, Alemaya University, Ethiopia), MSc in Sustainable Tropical Animal Production Systems (1996, Swedish University of Agriculture) and a PhD in Animal Genetics and Breeding (Dr. Sc. Agr., Doctor of Agricultural Sciences) (2003, Humboldt University of Berlin in Germany).

On Friday 17th May, the ASSP team based in Addis Ababa took time to celebrate Julie and Tadesse. Congratulations and the entire team wishes them well!

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