Professor Fekadu Beyene was appointed Commissioner for the Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission (EFCCC) of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) in October 2018. He was previously Minister of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and State Minister of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Resources. He holds a PhD in Dairy Technology from the Agricultural University of Norway and a MSc in Animal Production from Alemaya University. He was the founding President of Wollega University from 2009-2016 and served as President of the Ethiopian Civil Service University in 2016. He also served as President of the Consortium of Ethiopian Public Universities from 2014-2016. He has a long career in higher education, working at several universities in Ethiopia in higher level roles for over 40 years. He has been a member of many national steering committees and taskforces as well as a coordinator in international bilateral and multilateral projects.