Habtemariam Kassa joined in 2005 and is based in Addis Ababa at the office of International Livestock Research Institute. Before joining CIFOR-ICRAF, Habte was employed by the Virginia Tech Consortium as an extension associate for a USAID-funded project. The project focuses about paradigm shift in agricultural research and extension in Amhara National Regional State of Ethiopia. Habte obtained his PhD in Rural Development Studies in 2003 from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He obtained his MSc in Rural Development Studies from the same university, as well as an MSc in Agriculture from Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique de Montpellier, France. His BSc is in Agriculture from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. His research is mostly based in Africa.