Mr. Belete is an Ethiopian national and a development professional with over 20 years of experience in Asia and Africa. He is currently the Practice Manager for the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice for the East Asia and the Pacific Region based in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Prior to this he was the Sector Manager for the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Department in Indonesia responsible for the investment portfolio and policy dialogue in the following core sectors: agriculture, energy, infrastructure, transport, urban services, water resources, environment, and disaster risk reduction, among others. From 2011-2012, he was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Sector Leader for the Sustainable Development Department to Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, and Somalia, as well as the Global Center on Conflict, Security and Development. Prior to that he was based in the World Bank’s offices in New Delhi (2008-2011) and Beijing (2004-2007) with responsibilities for managing investments in agriculture and rural development, among others. Before joining the World Bank in 2000, he held various positions in Washington and throughout Africa with World Vision and UNICEF. Mr. Belete’s area of expertise is in rural development.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and a Master Degree from Cornell University’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences in New York where he was an Institute for African Development Fellow.