Girma Taye Aweke

Full Name

Girma Taye Aweke
Academic Rank/Status Associate Professor of Biostatistics
Working for AAU since Since 2014
Administrative  Positions held if any/ past and present Current Responsibilities

  1. Biostatistics unit Head since September 2016
  2. Member of School APC since 2017
  3. Member Department REC (Preventive Medicine), since 2017

Previous employment and positions held

  1. Employer: Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization

Last position: Director for Biometrics, GIS and Climate Change Research Program.

  1. Employer: Tulane University (of USA) Technical Support Program – Ethiopia (TUTAPE)

Position: Head of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department (including GIS).

  1. Employer: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), Addis Ababa and Harare (Zimbabwe):

Position: Scientists

  1. Employer: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nigeria

Position: Head of Biometrics and Statistics Unit

Education attended
  • Higher Diploma in Pedagogy (HDP) for Teaching in Higher Learning Institutes, AAU, 2017,
  • PhD, Biometry: University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 2006
  • M.Sc. Biometry : University of Reading, UK, 1992
  • B.Sc. Statistics (with economics): Addis Ababa University, 1986

Major Short term Training

  • GxE interaction modeling, Egerton University, Kenya, 1997.
  • Policy analysis in Africa. United Nations African institute for economic development, May-July, 1999, Senegal.
  • Advanced Biostatistics methods, International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Area (ICARDA), Syria, December 2000.
  • Application of GIS to agriculture, 2000, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Monitoring and evaluation, Jima University, 2008
  • Advanced methods in Survival and longitudinal studies, 2003, Mekerare University, Uganda (organized through international biometric society).
  • Modeling disease prevalence and cross-sectional data, 2007, Kumasi, Ghana.
  • Leadership and change management, 2007, Management Institute, Addis Abeba.
  • Advanced categorical data analysis, GIS, Systematic Review and Meta analysis, Survival Analysis,  Use of R for data analysis; Johns Hopkins University, 2016
Awards & recognitions
  • In recognition of contribution as an external evaluator of under graduate program in Statistics at Addis Ababa University, 1999, 2000.
  • In recognition of scientific contribution to the Ethiopian Statistical Association, 2000
  • In recognition of contribution to research development at Plant protection research centre of Ethiopia, 2002.
  • In recognition of contribution to the Ethiopian Agricultural Research and training project of Ethiopia, 2002.
  • in recognition of contribution to the teaching and practice of biostatistics in Africa (awarded by American Statistical association), 2006.
  • Member of International biometrics society (secretary of Ethiopian group, 1997-2002, 2006-2012).
  • Member of Ethiopian Statistical society. (Secretary, 1995-1997)
  • Associate Editor for the Journal of Ethiopian Statistical Association
  • Associate Editor of Ethiopian journal of Natural Resources,
  • Reviewer of articles for several national and international journals
Publicity: Journals, editorials roles, initiatives, etc. Contribution to Peer-reviewed journals and related

  1. Associate editor – Journal of environment, 1999 – 2007

  2. Associate Editor, Ethiopian of Journal Health Development, since 2016
  3. Ethiopian Statistical association: secretary and journal editorial team member
  4. International Biometric Society: Council member 1997- 2016

Reviewer of several journals

Research interest/ not more than hundred words Special interest and ongoing projects

  1. Identifying, Characterizing, and Modeling Vulnerability to services among urban population
  2. Effect of Climate change on Communicable and non-communicable diseases
  3. Modeling burden of HIV and its consequences
  4. Expanding and popularizing use of Systematic Review and Meta Analysis among health professionals,
  5. Strengthening use of HIMS for better decision making
  6. Developing Statistical methods suitable for studies related to NCD
  7. Improving Monitoring and Evaluation Systems for health and related studies
Publications on reputable journals PUBLICATIONS Journal Articles

  1. Girma Taye (1995). Application of comparison of regression in modelling effects of grass height on milk yield. Journal of Ethiopian Statistical society (JESA). Vol. 4.
  2. Girma Taye (1995). Application of multivariate dimension reduction method to the agro-economic survey. JESA, Vol. 5.
  3. Girma Taye (1997). Application of multivariate dimension reduction methods to agro-economic data, the case of Cyprus (part b). JESA. Vol. 7, 9-18.
  4. Girma Taye, Amsal Tarekgn and DG Tanner (2000). Estimation of optimum plot dimensions and replication number for wheat experimentation in Ethiopia. African Crop Science Journal, vol. 8, No.1, pp. 11-23.
  5. Girma Taye, Tesfaye Getachew & Geletu Begiga (2000). AMMI adjustment for yield estimate and classification of genotypes and environments in Field pea (Pisum Sativum L.) Journal of Genetics and Breeding, vol. 54, 183-191.
  6. Fufa Hundura, Hailu Tefera and Girma Taye (2000). Grain yield stability analysis in late maturing genotypes of Teff [Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter ]. Journal of Breeding and Genetics, vol., 54, 13-18.
  7. Girma Taye & Fufa Hundura (2000). Use of AMMI for yield estimate and classification of genotypes and environments in Teff [Eragrostis tef]. Journal of tropical Forest Vol. 15, no.2.
  8. Girma Taye, Yohannes Tilahun and Gebremedhin W/Giorgis (2003). Optimum plot and block size and effect of plot and block shape on significance tests in Potato. JESA, Vol. 12.
  9. Getachew Agegnehu and Girma Taye (2004). Effect of plant hormones on the growth and nutrient uptake of maize in Acidic soils of the humid tropics. SINET, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 17-24.
  10. Getachew Desalegn, Wubalem Tadesse, Worku Fekadu, Gemechu Kaba, Demel Teketay and Girma Taye (2003). Effectiveness of protection measures on 32 timber species against subterranean termites and fungi at Zeway research station, central Ethiopia. Eth. J. Biol. Sci., Vol 2 No 2, 189-216.
  11. Girma Taye and Peter Njuho (2007). An Improvement on Papadakis covariate to account for spatial variation. Journal of Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Statistics, Volume 12, Number 3, September 2007 , pp. 397-413(17)
  12. Taye and P. Njuho (2008). Monitoring Field Variability Using Confidence Interval for Coefficient of Variation. Communications in Statistics:
    Theory and Methods, Volume 37, Issue 6, 2008
  13. Girma Taye, Peter Njuho (2008). Smoothing fertility trends in agricultural field experiments. Statistics A: Journal of Theoretical and Applied Statistics, Volume 42 Issue 3, 275.
  14. Dibaba and Girma Taye (2010). Spatial analysis of variety trial data. EJSA,
  15. Demeke Lakew and Girma Taye (2010). Application of Mixed model to incomplete block. EJAS.
  16. Meaza Demissie and Girma Taye (2011). Use of AMMI to model GxE. SINET.
  17. Tilahun Ferede, Girma Taye and Yohannes Yebabe (2012). Multilevel Modelling of Modern Contraceptive Use among Rural and Urban Population of Ethiopia. American Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, Vol. 3, No. 1.
  18. Asnake Worku Negash, Henry Mwambi, Temesgen Zewotir and Girma Taye (2013). Additive main effects and multiplicative interactions model (AMMI) and genotype main effect and genotype by environment interaction (GGE) biplot analysis of multi-environmental wheat variety trials, African Journal of Agricultural research, vol., 08, No.12, pp.  1033-1040 DOI: 10.5897/AJAR2012.6648
  19. Worku Biadgilign and Girma Taye (2016). Genotying and Mulecular data modelling in Maize, EJSA, 2016 (in press)
  20. Girma Taye eta l. (2015). Modeling effect of climate variability on malaria in Ethiopia, . EJHD 29, N(3),
  21. Mirgissa Kaba, Girma Taye, Muluken Gizaw & Israel Mitiku. (2016). Vulnerability to HIV infection: Places and Persons in Urban Settings of Ethiopia, EJHD, vol 30, N(1).

Technical publication

  • Tesfaye Zegeye, Girma Taye, D. Tanner, H. Verkuijl, Aklilu Agidie, and W. Mwangi. 2001. Adoption of Improved Bread Wheat Varieties and Inorganic Fertilizer by Small-Scale Farmers in Yelmana Densa and Farta Districts of Northwestern Ethiopia. Agricultural Research Organization (EARO) and International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
  • Impact Evaluation of Ethiopia’s national response to HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 2008. Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Lemma W, Moreira Dos Santos Elizabeth; Ali Jemal; Taye, Girma, Kifle Yibeltal. Evaluation of Reproductive Health/Family Planning Project of Oromia Development Association (ODA): 2000–2008. David and Lucile Packard Foundation. May 2010.
  • District Health Services Census Report. 2008. Tulane University Technical Support Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Impact assessment of Global fund projects. 2010. Ministry of Health, Addis Ababa

Book or Books Chapters

  • Gima Taye (eds.) (2005). Proceeding of the 9th Sub-Saharan Africa Network of the International Biometric Society Conference.
  • Belay Simane, Wakgari Deressea, Abera Kumei, Adugna Wakjira, Mirgisa Kaba, Girma Taye, Getachew Berhane (2017). Health Vulnerability and Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change in Ethiopia. Book chapter in a book “Climate Change Adaptation in Africa”, Part of the seriesClimate Change Management pp 169-183.


Community Services Memberships of Research bodies

  • CO-PI for the project ‘Identifying vulnerable section of Addis Abana
  • A Principal Investigator of the project “Vulnerability to health and related services among urban residents: People ,and places” funded by JSI
  • A co-PI for a project ‘ Know your endemic and you’re your response to HIV” funded by the HIV Prevention and Control office ,

Partial List of Community Services


  • Frequently provide training to researchers from all agricultural research institutes in the country.
  • Trained African researchers  on ‘Experimental design, Database management, analysis & statistical computing’ organized by International centre for dry land agriculture (ICARDA) and ILRI for two consecutive years, 1994 & 1995, in ILRI campus Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Provided on-job training to Haromaya, Ambo, and Jimma University academic staff members on design and analysis of data using SAS, STATA and SPSS in 2000, 2006, 2008.
  • Provided training to agricultural researchers from regional Agricultural Research Institutes on design and analysis of data using SPSS, MSTATC, SAS, STATA. I conduct such training almost every year.
  • Provided training to development agents from Ministry of Agriculture in 2000 and 2006 at five locations on data collection and management and use of excel.
  • Provided training to experts from various NGOs on survey methods, data collection, questionnaire development, field activities, data management, and analysis and reporting, 2000-2011.
  • Provided training on Experimental design and analysis for crop and animal researchers in Ethiopia sponsored by ICARDA, 14-19 December, 2013
  • Organized and presented a half-day workshop for CASCAP project members selected from Ethiopian Universities.
  • Provided training to academic staff of Bahir Dar University Institute of Technology on designing studies and analysis of data using SAS software in 2014

Studies, and database systems development

  • Database management and statistical analysis consultant for ILRI, 1993-2000;
  • Amhara Regional State statistical and information system and database development, management and analysis consultant to Sida, 1997.
  • Survey design, Data management and analysis consultant to several NGOs and firms (Oxfam-UK, save the children USA, DANCHURCHAID – Rural development project, Adiss Anteneh & associates). Designed surveys, managed data collection and entry process, data cleaning and analysis and reporting of results.
  • Served as Contract Research manager for Forestry research, 1994. FAO/UNDP project. million dollar was distributed to competent researchers and I was involved in reviewing proposal before award, monitor progress after launching, and review the termination report and approve payment.
  • External Evaluator for program review of Addis Abeba University, August, 1997. I have evaluated performance of the BSc Statistics program and provided recommendations. In 2013 I was appointed as external reviewer of MSc Statistics program.
  • Participated in Enset need assessment project for University of Florida and SPRG, May 1997. Designed the study, guided collection of data, analyzed and reported.
  • Involved in the District Integrated Development plan, lot 8, Addis Anteneh and associates (for ERA), December 2005-March 2007. My duty was to design data collection methods, involve in the team for data collection tool, supervised data collection process, acquired and cleaned the data, made analysis and reported.
  • Designing studies, manual development and training for research methods, health and climate change, etc.. (2013-  )
  • Impact of climate change on health outcome, 2015, funded by WHO. This is part of a project that covers 7 African countries. The main objective of the project was to assess impact of climate change on burden of selected major diseases and forecasting for the next 5 years.
  • Health Vulnerability of residents in urban setting, AAU and JSI, 2015. This project assessed resident’s vulnerability to HIV and Maternal Health services in six selected cities.
  • Served as a team members for a that Explore the friendliness of reproductive health services that meets the national standards in terms of quality and comprehensiveness sponsored by CORHA/CCRFA, 2016
  • Member of Fogerty Implementation research, collaborative research between Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University and SPH of AAU, 2016-2017
  • Currently working as a PI for a project “Risks and Vulnerability to Related Health outcome”. This is a national study that covers over 30 major cities in the country and sponsored by JSI, 2017.


Address Addis Ababa University, School of Public Health, Department of Preventive MedicineTele: +251911769926;

Box: 16450