GEOHealth Hub Co-Investigator | Addis Ababa University

Associate Professor
Physics Department
College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Addis Ababa University

Currently Araya Asfaw is advising government and non government institutions and the private sector on sustainability and resilience in Africa. He initiated the Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network  (HoAREC&N, a unique network of higher learning institutions, endogenous civil society and community based organizations in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Kenya, when he was the Dean of Science at Addis Ababa University ( in 2006. He served as the founding Director of HoAREC until 2017. He secured $9 million from the Netherlands to establish HoAREC&N and Gulele Botanic Garden ( a joint initiative of Addis Ababa University and Addis Ababa City Government covering nearly two thousand acres. During his tenure at HoAREC&N, he initiated and implemented transdiciplinary, transformational and transboundary projects leading to sustainability and resilience in the region funded by the  Netherlands, European Union, UKAID, SIDA, AFD, World Bank many others. Some of these projects include:

  1. Sustainable Development of the Rift Valley and Gambella Landscapes,
  2. Establishment of Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (, a World Bank initiative),
  3. Ethiopian Panel Climate Change (
  4. Supporting Addis Ababa join the 100 Resilient  Cities, a Rockefeller initiative (

During his deanship at the Faculty of Science of Addis Ababa University, Araya initiated a number of multi-disciplinary graduate programs including Environment Science, Biotechnology, Food Science, Material Science, Computational Science and Natural History and paleoanthropologie. He also facilitated the transformation of one of the oldest geophysical observatory to Institute of Geophysics, Space Science and Astronomy (

Araya received his PhD in Physics, ME and BS  in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, Washington DC. He was a guest scientist at National Institute of Standard and Technology where he did his PhD research. He also worked as guest scientist at Centre for Advanced Microstructure and Devices in Baton Rouge, LA, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Nova laser facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Araya’s professional and research accomplishment are available on  ( carrier and research accomplishment) and ( ).