Sitotaw Erena | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award

Ms. Sitotaw Erena | Environmental Science | Best Researcher Award


Dr at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Sitotaw Haile Erena, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Food Security Studies, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, specializing in environmental planning. His expertise lies in mitigating urban and peri-urban flood hazards through flood mapping, vulnerability assessment, and landscape-based management strategies. With a robust academic background from Ethiopian and international universities, he has conducted extensive research and published numerous papers on flood risk analysis, urban flood vulnerability, and environmental management. Sitotaw also leads impactful projects in environmental and social compliance audits, demonstrating his commitment to sustainable development in Ethiopia.





PhD in Environmental Planning Mitigating and Adapting to urban and peri-urban flood hazards through flood mapping, vulnerability assessment and landscape based management strategies

đŸ’ŒWork Experience

March 24, 2023 – Present Assistant Professor Center for Food Security Studies (CFSS), College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia Teaching and Research. March 2019 – March 23, 2023 Assistant Professor Haramaya University, Ethiopia Teaching and Research. August 10, 2010 – October 2013 Haramaya University, Ethiopia Teaching and Research Lecturer High school teacher Gute High School, East Wollega zone, Wayyu Tuka Woreda, Ethiopia Teaching


🎓Education and Training

October 2013 – March 2019 Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Planning Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building, construction and City Development (EiABC), Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. September 11, 2008 – July 22, 2010 Master of Art in Geography and Environmental Studies Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. September 11, 2000 – July 29, 2004 Bachelor of Education in Geography Dilla University, Ethiopia

🧑‍🔬Research Experience

  • Detailed list of research projects and publications available upon request

Publications Top Notes📝


  • Title: Impacts of Land Use/Land Cover Changes on the Hydrology of the Fafan Catchment Ethiopia
    Authors: Amare, M.T., Demissie, S.T., Beza, S.A., Erena, S.H.
    Year: 2024
    Journal: Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis
    Volume: 8(1)
    Article Number: 10


  • Title: Flood vulnerability mapping and local mitigation strategies: The case of Adama City, Ethiopia
    Authors: Erena, S.H., Reddy, R.U., Wodnimu, M.A., Mohamed, A.
    Year: 2024
    Journal: Urban Climate
    Volume: 55
    Article Number: 101906


  • Title: Land Cover Change Detection and Prediction in the Fafan Catchment of Ethiopia
    Authors: Amare, M.T., Demissie, S.T., Beza, S.A., Erena, S.H.
    Year: 2023
    Journal: Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis
    Volume: 7(2)
    Article Number: 19


  • Title: Customers’ satisfaction towards Addis Ababa City’s minibus taxi service
    Authors: Deyas, G.T., Woldeamanuel, M.G., Erena, S.H.
    Year: 2023
    Journal: Heliyon
    Volume: 9(11)
    Article Number: e22102


  • Title: Spatiotemporal trends of NDVI and its response to climate variability in the Abbay River Basin, Ethiopia
    Authors: Hussien, K., Kebede, A., Mekuriaw, A., Beza, S.A., Erena, S.H.
    Year: 2023
    Journal: Heliyon
    Volume: 9(3)
    Article Number: e14113


  • Title: Determinant factors hinder urban structure plan implementation: The case of Nekemte Town, Ethiopia
    Authors: Negeri, M.D., Guta, M.S., Erena, S.H.
    Year: 2023
    Journal: Heliyon
    Volume: 9(3)
    Article Number: e13448


  • Title: Modelling spatiotemporal trends of land use land cover dynamics in the Abbay River Basin, Ethiopia
    Authors: Hussien, K., Kebede, A., Mekuriaw, A., Asfaw Beza, S., Haile Erena, S.
    Year: 2023
    Journal: Modeling Earth Systems and Environment
    Volume: 9(1)
    Pages: 347–376


Tammi Jonas | Political ecology | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Tammi Jonas | Political ecology | Best Researcher Award

Experienced Agroecologist and President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, leading Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths since 2011. Specializes in heritage breed livestock and operates a Primesafe-licensed butcher shop. Educator in butchery and meat literacy. Lecturer at Southern Cross University, former Senior Risk Analyst at TEQSA, and past leadership roles in various agricultural and educational organizations. Holds a PhD in Agriculture & Environment, a Certificate IV in Meat Processing, and postgraduate degrees in Cultural Studies and Education. Advocates for smallholders at international forums, promoting agroecology and food sovereignty



Education 🎓

PhD in Agriculture & Environment, University of Western Australia (2024) đŸŒ±Dissertation: Australia’s New Peasantry and the Rise of Agroecology: Biodiverse, Decolonial and Non-Capitalist Praxes on Small-Scale FarmsInvestigating the biodiverse, non-capitalist, and anti-colonial values and practices of small-scale livestock farmers, and how to build an agroecological state.Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety) (2022) đŸ„©Meat InspectorTo undertake inspection in future Meat Collective @ Jonai Abattoir.PhD (non-completion) in Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne (2006-2014) 📚Dissertation: Eating the Vernacular, Being Cosmopolitan: Melbourne Culinary EconomiesPostgraduate Diploma in Arts (Cultural Studies), University of Melbourne (2005) 📜Postgraduate Bachelor of Education, Deakin University (1996) 🎓CTEFLA, RSA/Cambridge Certificate, Holmes College (1993) 📚Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California, San Diego (1993) 🧠

Relevant Experience 📚

Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths (2011-present) đŸŒŸ

Agroecologist🐖 Farm heritage breed Large Black pastured pigs & Dairy Short Horn cattle.đŸ„© Operate a Primesafe-licensed on-farm butcher’s shop producing fresh cuts, smallgoods, and charcuterie under HAACP since 2014.đŸ‘©â€đŸ« Teach workshops on butchering, salami making, and meat literacy.đŸ—ïž Recently attained development approval to build a collectively governed on-farm micro-abattoir for approximately 15 smallholders.

Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) (2014-present) 🌍


🌟 Represent smallholders at local, state, national, and international levels, including across processes of FAO, the CBD, the ITPGRFA, the CGRFA, ASEAN, and the CSIPM.🌐 AFSA is a member of:the IPC for Food Sovereignty (coordinator of Asia Pacific regional committee and the working group on agricultural biodiversity),La Via Campesina, andUrgenci: the international network for community-supported agriculture.

Publications Top Notes 📝

1. Eating the Vernacular, Being Cosmopolitan

Journal: Cultural Studies Review 19 (1), 117-137, 2013
Citations: 23

2. Health Before Medicine: Community Resilience in Food Landscapes

Authors: RG Wallace, R Alders, R Kock, T Jonas, R Wallace, L Hogerwerf
Source: One Planet, One Health: Looking After Humans, Animals and the Environment, 2019
Citations: 13

3. Industrial Agricultural Environments

Authors: RG Wallace, A Liebman, D Weisberger, T Jonas, L Bergmann, R Kock, …
Journal: Routledge Handbook of Biosecurity and Invasive Species, 194-214, 2021
Citations: 12

4. Peoples’ Solutions to Food Systems Transformation in Asia and the Pacific

Journal: Development 64 (3), 295-298, 2021
Citations: 7

5. Developing a Critical Writing Pedagogy: A Discontinuous Narrative

Authors: B Kamler, K Cousins, T Jonas, B Lawson, D Linden
Journal: English in Australia, 24-42, 1997
Citations: 5

6. Regenerative Agriculture and Agroecology—What’s in a Name?

Journal: Food Ethics 24 (6), 2021
Citations: 4

7. The Research Education Experience: Investigating Higher Degree by Research Candidates’ Experiences in Australian Universities

Authors: T Jonas, CA Croker
Year: 2012
Citations: 3

8. Agroecology for Structural One Health

Authors: T Jonas, B Trethewey
Journal: Development 66 (3), 238-244, 2023
Citations: 1

9. Responsibility to Country: Decolonizing Agriculture with Agroecology in Australia

Authors: T Jonas, A Wessell
Journal: Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability 8 (2), 254-260, 2020
Citations: 1

10. What’s Natural About Capital? Agroecology as Resistance to the New Frontier of Colonial Capitalist Carbon Farming

Journal: Capitalism Nature Socialism, 2024

Elycée TINDANO | Ecology | Best Researcher Award

Assist Prof Dr. Elycée TINDANO |Ecology| Best Researcher Award


ElycĂ©e Tindano, a BurkinabĂ© national, is an experienced educator and researcher specializing in Botany and Phytoecology. He holds a Doctorate in Botany and Phytoecology from UniversitĂ© Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo (2016). Currently a MaĂźtre-Assistant at UniversitĂ© Thomas Sankara, Tindano is a member of the university’s Performance Contract Operational Committee and has a history of significant academic and administrative contributions. His research focuses on vegetation dynamics and biodiversity conservation. He has participated in various international capacity-building programs and received several prestigious scholarships, including the ClimapAfrica and TWAS_DFG Cooperation Visits Programme.


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🎓Educational Background

Doctorate: Botany and Phytoecology, Université Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo, 2016, DEA: Botany and Phytoecology, Université de Ouagadougou, 2010, Maitrise: Plant Biology and Physiology, Université de Ouagadougou, 2008, Licence: Biological Sciences, Université de Ouagadougou, 2007, DEUG: Chemistry-Biology, Université de Ouagadougou, 2006, Baccalauréat: Series D Mathematics and Natural Sciences, 2004, Oupela

📄Theses and Dissertations

Doctoral Thesis: Title: Etat et dynamique de la vĂ©gĂ©tation et de la flore des inselbergs du Burkina Faso, Year: 2016, Institution: UniversitĂ© de Ouagadougou, Length: 237 pages. DEA Dissertation: Title: Etude de la vĂ©gĂ©tation des formations rocheuses de Kollel et de Tin-Edjar dans la rĂ©gion de la mare d’Oursi (Province de l’Oudalan/Burkina Faso), Year: 2010, Institution: UniversitĂ© de Ouagadougou, Length: 60 pages

🏆Professional Experience

2021-Present: Member, Operational Committee, Performance Contract, Université Thomas Sankara, Oct 2020-Present: Assistant Professor in Plant Biology and Ecology, UFR-ST, Université Thomas Sankara, 2018-2021: Baccalauréat Exam Jury President, Nov 2017-Oct 2020: Assistant in Plant Biology and Ecology, Université Thomas Sankara, 2016-2017: Practical Work Monitor in Plant Biology, UFR/SVT, Université de Ouagadougou, Sep 2017-Nov 2017: Team Coordinator for Phytosociological, Dendrometric, and Edaphic Data Collection, WASCAL Research Stations, Oct 2016: Participant in Permanent Plot Inventory, Grazing Ecology, WASCAL, Bolgatanga (Ghana), Nov 2012-Feb 2013: Participant in Permanent Plot Inventory, BKF015-IFN2 Project, Expert in Herbaceous Plants

🌿Areas of Expertise

  • Plant Biology
  • Systematic Botany
  • Ecosystem Biodiversity Conservation
  • Functional Ecology
  • Agro-sylvopastoralism
  • Ethnobotany

📈Capacity Building

Jul 2020: Higher Education Teacher Training on Production of Educational Resources for Distance Learning, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Dec 2018: Training in Higher Education Pedagogy, Ethics, and Deontology, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Sep 2014: Urban Tree Inventory Method Training, BKF/015-IFN2 Project. Mar 2014: Training on “Fighting Climate Change through Technical Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer in The Agro-forestry Sector” (FCC-TECKTAFOR), Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Mar 2013: Research Project Writing Training, UniversitĂ© de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Feb 2012: Homepage Updating Training, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Effect of artisanal gold mining on woody plant diversity in Western Burkina Faso
    • Year: 2024
    • Authors: Tindano, E.; Ganame, M.; Bongoungou, S.; Bayen, P.
    • Source: Scientific African, 24, e02221
  • Plant communities on inselbergs in Burkina Faso
    • Year: 2024
    • Authors: Tindano, E.; KaborĂ©, G.E.; Porembski, S.; Thiombiano, A.
    • Source: Heliyon, 10(1), e23653
  • Effects of abiotic factors on the flora and vegetation of inselbergs in Burkina Faso
    • Year: 2023
    • Authors: Tindano, E.; KadĂ©ba, A.; TraorĂ©, I.C.E.; Thiombiano, A.
    • Source: Environmental Advances, 12, 100378
  • Inselbergs: potential conservation areas for plant diversity in the face of anthropization
    • Year: 2023
    • Authors: Tindano, E.; LankoandĂ©, B.; Porembski, S.; Thiombiano, A.
    • Source: Journal of Phytology, 15, pp. 70–79


  • Ecology and drought adaptation mechanisms of Caralluma adscendens N.E.Br. in western Burkina Faso
    • Year: 2023
    • Authors: Tindano, E.; Traore, A.; Ouoba, P.
    • Source: International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences, 17(6), pp. 2412–2428


  • An overview on desiccation-tolerant mat-forming monocotyledons on tropical inselbergs
    • Year: 2021
    • Authors: Porembski, S.; Rexroth, J.; Weising, K.; Rabarimanarivo, M.N.; de Paula, L.F.A.
    • Source: Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 285, 151953


  • Sahelian inselberg vegetation in Burkina Faso
    • Year: 2015
    • Authors: Tindano, E.; Ganaba, S.; Sambare, O.; Thiombiano, A.
    • Source: Bois et ForĂȘts des Tropiques, (325), pp. 21–33


  • Geographical patterns of woody plants’ functional traits in Burkina Faso
    • Year: 2013
    • Authors: Schmidt, M.; TraorĂ©, S.; OuĂ©draogo, A.; Hahn, K.; Zizka, G.
    • Source: Candollea, 68(2), pp. 197–202


Raja Timilsina | Sustainability | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Raja Timilsina | Sustainability | Best Researcher Award

PHD at the Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan

Raja Rajendra Timilsina, Ph.D., an Economist at the Asian Development Bank Institute, specializes in development economics, behavioral economics, and mechanism design. With a Ph.D. from Kochi University of Technology, he focuses on sustainability, agriculture, and economic behaviors. Timilsina has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and research projects, showcasing his expertise in education, health, and cultural sustainability. Fluent in Japanese and English, he holds multiple awards and scholarships, including the ADB-JSP Scholarship for Masters. With extensive teaching experience and professional activities, he continues to influence policy and research in economic development and sustainability.

🔬 Experience

Economist-consultant, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), July 2023-Current Assistant Professor (Project based), Kochi University of Technology, April 2021-March 2022 Research Associate, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), April 2022-June 2023 Research Associate, Research Institute for Future Design, April 2018-March 2021 Plus various roles prior


Ph.D. in Economics, Kochi University of Technology, 2015-2018 Research Interest: Development economics, Experiment and Behavioral economics, Mechanism design Dissertation Title: Social design and sustainability of environmental resources: Learning from field experiments Masters in International Development Program (Economics), International University of Japan, 2009-2011 Bachelors of Business Administration (Finance), Tribhuvan University, 2003-2007

Awards and Scholarships

Multiple awards and scholarships including the ADB-JSP Scholarship for Masters

Research Interests

Education, Health, and Nutrition Agriculture, Climate Change, and Livelihood Economic Behaviors and Preferences Cultural Change and Intergenerational Sustainability Experimental and Development Economics

Publications Top Notes 📝