Zemede Asfaw

Dr Zemede Asfaw

Full Name Zemede Asfaw Woldemariam
Academic Rank/Status Professor, Just retired
Working for AAU since August 1978 – August 2018 = 41 years at AAU
Administrative positions held if any/ past and present Principal Coordinator, Aklilu Lemma Fund for Scholarships and Research Grants, May1997-Present

Chief Registrar  of Addis Ababa University, May 2003-Jan. 2006

Dean of the Faculty of Science, AAU,  May 1994 – May 1996

Assistant Dean of Faculty of Science, AAU,  May 1992 – May 1994

Academic Advisor of Graduate Students of Biology Department, AAU, 1991-1993

Coordinator of Freshman Biology, AAU,  1980-1983

Education attended Higher Diploma (HDP) of Teaching Profession, AAU, June 2017

PhD, Uppsala University, Sweden, November 1989

MSc, AAU, Ethiopia, July 1980

BSc, AAU, Ethiopia, July 1972

Awards & recognitions Fellow of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, 27 March 2014-Present

AAU award for distinguished services to the University & the University community, 2010

Member of  College of Research Associates of the United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU/INRA),  1998

Awarded Research Grant by the United Nations University, Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU/INRA), AAU, European Commission (EC), WHO, Christensen Fund, IDRC/Canada, IPGRI/Bioversity International, the McKnight Foundation most of them for graduate research.

Memberships of International bodies

Board member of the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) and representative of the African group, 2016-2018, elected at the 15th Congress of the ISE in Kampala (Makerere University), Uganda.

Member of the International Society of Horticultural Sciences, 2009-2011

Member of the Journal of Economic Botany, 2016-2018.

Publicity: Journals, editorial roles, initiatives etc. Associate Editor: SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science: Ethiopian Journal of Educational Research, Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology,

Reviewer: SINET: Ethiopian Journal of Science (AAU); Ethiopian Journal of Educational Research (AAU); Journal of Ethiopian Studies (AAU):, Ethiopian Journal of Biological Sciences (Biological Society of Ethiopia); Ethiopian Journal of Natural Resources Conservation (EIAR); Momona: Ethiopian Journal of Science (Mekelle University); International Journals: Economic Botany; Journal of Ethnobotany Research & Applications, Journal of Ethnobiology & Ethnomedicine, Frontiers in Ethnopharmacology, Journal of Biodiversity & Conservation; Plant Genetic Resources Bulletin; African Journal of Agriculture and many other journals.

Research interest/ not more than hundred words

Indigenous and modern international knowledge on Ethiopian plants, homegardens, farming system, ethnobotany of useful plants (wild edible plants, medicinal plants, cultivated plants, other useful plants), agrobiodiversity

Standing interest in the field of biological sciences and a special passion for botany including its teaching.

Publications on reputable journals 110  (Few in local journals, others in many international journals)
Community Services such as board membership etc.

Council member, Ethiopian Seed Industry Agency,1993-1998

Board member, Ethiopian Seed Industry Agency, 1999 – 2002

Board member, Fana Educational Services Share Company (2000-20012)

Board Chairman, Fana Educational Services Share Company (2009-2012)


Department of Plant Biology & Biodiversity Management, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Addis Ababa University (AAU),

P.O. Box 3434, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;

    Private P.O. Box 31885 A.A., Ethiopia

Tel.: 0251-1-011-18959215/011-1239472 (Office);

Cell phone: 0251 967-286080; 0251 911-959903;

                Care of W/o Etenesh Demissie: 0251 911-247540

E-mail: zemede.asfaw@aau.edu.et and zasfaw49@yahoo.com