Our Executive Council

Befikadu L. Wubishet

(PhD, MSc, MPH, BPharm)

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Digsu Koye

(PhD, MPH, BSc)

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Fisaha Haile Tesfay

(PhD, MPH, BSc)

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Wubshet Tesfaye

(PhD, MSC, BPharm)

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What We Do

Our work is independent and apolitical and focuses on three main areas

The Network Has Four Main Working Groups


Epidemiology (EPI)


Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences (PBS)


Health Economics, social wellbeing and data science (HDS)


Health system science (HSS)

Latest Research


May 19, 2021

ABReN Annual Research Symposium: 2021

Health and Welfare in Contemporary Ethiopia: Progress, setbacks, prospects
May 19, 2021

ABReN Seminar Series

ABReN’s Seminar series features research presentations on topical issues and current research findings from members of the association. The Seminar is a monthly event and conducted virtually and open to the public.
May 19, 2021

ABReN Workshop Series

ABReN’s Workshop and short-term training series is a demand-driven capacity development initiative organized and delivered by the association to benefit its members. We conduct workshops/training in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, economic/program evaluation and evidence appraisal. Occasionally these workshops are open for partner organizations.

Contact Us

  • Yohannes Kinfu

    Yohannes Kinfu (Ph.D., MPHIL, MA, B.Econ) is an Associate Professor of Global Health and Health Economics at the University of Canberra, Australia, and holds academic positions at the University of Washington and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. His research interests are in health care economics, health system performance, and the statistical and mathematical modeling of disease patterns, risk factors, and population processes in a global context. In 2020, Yohannes was listed among Australia’s 66 leading researchers in the Health and Medicine discipline and named Australia’s Research Leader in his field. Currently, he serves on the Scientific Council of the Global Burden of Disease at the Institute of Health Metrics, USA. Dr. Yohannes is a graduate of the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

  • Kefyalew Addis Alene

    Kefyalew Addis Alene (Ph.D., MPH, BSc) is a spatial epidemiologist working on infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries. He is currently a Research Fellow at Curtin University and a Director of the Tuberculosis Spatial Epidemiology Team at the Telethon Kids Institute. He is a recipient of the 2020 Emerging Leadership Investigator Grant from the Australia National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Dr. Kefyalew was listed among the top 5 young Australian researchers in the Health and Medical Sciences and selected as a rising star and the leader of the future in Australia. He was working as a visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University, and an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Gondar, Ethiopia. He received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 2019.

  • Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema

    Azeb Gebresilassie Tesema (MPH, BSc) is a Scientia Ph.D. Scholar in Health System Sciences at the George Institute for Global Health, UNSW, Sydney. Before resuming her Ph.D., she was an Assistant Professor and researcher at Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Her current research interests are on strengthening primary healthcare systems to provide non-communicable disease services in Africa. Azeb is the 2020 Emerging Voices for Global Health program Fellow. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders from the State Department, USA, and was Yale University’s Fellow for Senior Leadership.

  • Dr Befikadu Legesse Wubishet

    Dr Befikadu Legesse Wubishet (PHD, MPH, MSC, BPharm) is a Phramcisit and Health Economist with teaching and research interest in the economics of health care, Pharmacoeconomics, health outcomes measurement, and health technology assessment. He is particularly interested in chronic disease models of care and keen to use health economics methods and tools to a wide range of research areas and inform practice. Dr. Wubishet holds a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Newcastle and a Master’s degree in Health Economics, Policy and Management from Karolinska Institute (Sweden). He is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Health Economic Research and Modeling Unit, Centre for Health Services Research, The University of Queensland.

  • Digsu Koye

    Dr Koye (PhD, MPH, BSc) is currently a postdoctoral researcher fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is an experienced clinical epidemiologist with a strong biostatistical background in the design and analysis of clinical and pharmaco-epidemiological studies in the fields of metabolic and chronic diseases. He completed his PhD in clinical epidemiology at Monash University and has published over 30 articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals.

  • Fisaha Haile Tesfay

    Dr Fisaha Haile Tesfay (PhD, MPH, BSc) is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Deakin University, holds an academic position at Flinders University and has worked as an assistant professor of Public Health at Mekelle University in Ethiopia. He is an experienced early career researcher with a strong public health background and interested in studies with mixed methodologies. His research interests include non-communicable diseases, HIV and nutrition, volunteer community health workers, and social determinants of health. Dr Fisaha completed his PhD at Flinders University.

  • Dr Wubshet Tesfaye

    Dr Wubshet Tesfaye (PHD, MSc, BPharm) is a pharmacist, pharmaceutical scientist, and early career researcher. Subset completed his Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania and was recruited as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Canberra in early 2020.