Director, Thriving Resilient Cities, WRI Africa; Representative of WRI in Ethiopia
Aklilu Fikresilassie is the Director of Thriving Resilient Cities at WRI Africa and Representative of WRI in Ethiopia.
Aklilu has more than 16 years of professional leadership and technical experiences in the field of Urban Development and Management as well as managing non-governmental programmes. Prior to joining WRI, Aklilu spent 7 years at United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) as a Programme Manager, representing the agency in Ethiopia. while working with the UN-Habitat, Aklilu has successfully represented the agency in the United Nations Country Team and played a key role in position the urban agenda in the UN joint programmes and supported the Ethiopian Government’s endeavor towards Sustainable urbanization. He also worked with UNDP in South Sudan as Planning Specialist and team leader. Further, Aklilu led the bureau of Finance and Economic Development where he managed the government and NGOs, bilateral and multilateral programmes.
In addition to his managerial and technical role, Aklilu is a researcher on thematic areas such as urbanization, environment, water resources and common pool resources.
Aklilu is a qualified Urban and Development planning, monitoring and evaluation specialist with a Master of Arts degree in Urban Management and Development (specialization: Urban and Regional development strategies) from Erasmus University, the Netherlands (2006).
Creating Thriving, Resilient Cities in AfricaVisit Project
WRI Africa influences policy and provides decision-makers with data and evidence to help create cities that are good for people and the planet.Part of Cities
Urban Water Resilience InitiativeVisit Project
Building sustainable, adaptive, resilient urban water systems.Part of Water
Water for Sustainable Development in EthiopiaLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
WRI is working with partners in Ethiopia to better understand water risk, improve water-wise planning, and advance integrated water resources management toward a more sustainable and resilient development path.Part of Water