Muluneh is Program and Research specialist in WRI’s Water Program. He works on programs, research, and stakeholder engagement aspects for the program from the Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Muluneh has extensive experience in WASH, irrigation, and community development from the perspective of a climate resilience and partnership approach.

Prior to WRI, he worked for international NGOs based in Addis Ababa, including Plan International and ActionAid, as the WASH program lead, focusing on partnership building, networking, and fundraising. He has also held leading roles in the coordination and implementation of gender-transformative WASH and infrastructure programming.

Previous to this INGO work, Muluneh worked in the Amhara region with the Amhara Design and Supervision Works Enterprise, supporting regional growth development corridors, land use mapping, and suitability studies to assess surface and groundwater resources of the region’s sub-basins and micro-watersheds. Through SWAT and GIS-based modeling, they assessed water supply and agriculture investment potential.

Muluneh earned a Masters in hydraulics and hydropower engineering and a BSc in water resources-irrigation engineering from Arbaminch University.

His fieldwork has exposed him to all corners of Ethiopia and helped him enjoy and learn about different regions and cultures.