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Prof. Sebsebe Demissew Woodmatas

Sebsebe Demissew Woodmatas

Prof. of Plant Systematics and Biodivesrity
Addis Ababa University
ORCID Identifier:
Sebsebe Demissew. Prof.

Employed by Addis Ababa University, 1997/8. Obtained PhD in Systematic Botany from the Institute of Systematic Botany, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, 1985. Seved as a Dean, Faculty of Science 1996-2000.
• Area of Interest: Biodiversity and Environment. Biodiversity - Worked over three decades on the documentation of the plant resources of Ethiopia and Eritrea and contributed to biodiversity studies in Cameroon; Ghana; Namibia; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania: and Uganda.
• Engaged in understanding the causes and effects of changes in the environment with main focus on the natural resources.
• Foreign Member of the Royal Society, Aug. 2018; Co-Chair of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) for the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). (2013-2018); Fellow of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Tianjin, China, from 18 September 2012; Member of the Council of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy for the period 2011-2017; Fellow & Board Member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, since April 2010 (Board member 2010-2017); Received Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Nottingham, UK in July 2010; Special Professor of Biodiversity in the School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham since June 2010; Member of the Royal Danish Academic of Sciences and Letters since 10 April 2008; Honorary Research Fellow of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK since Dec. 2002.
• Published four books and over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals
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Global assessment-Review editor
Sustainable use-Bureau task force/expert group member
Africa Assessment-MEP task force/expert group member
Bureau-Bureau member
Guidance for IPBES national focal points-Bureau task force/expert group member
Conceptual framework-Bureau task force/expert group member
Capacity-building 2-Bureau task force/expert group member