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Dr. Aklilu Habte, an Ethiopian national, brings to his book, History of the Haile Selassie I University, authority realized through more than 35 years of relevant academic, managerial, national and international civil service experiences, consultancies, and Diaspora community volunteerism. Born in Addis Ababa in 1929, he himself was educated at University College of Addis Ababa—that would later become Haile Selassie I University—where he earned a Bachelor’s degree with distinction in 1954.  After earning a Bachelor of Education from the University of Manitoba, Canada, a Master of Education and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University, he returned to Haile Sellassie I University. There, from 1958 to 1969, he served successively as Lecturer in Education, Head of the Education Department, Dean of the Faculties of Arts and of Education, and Associate Academic Vice President. Lastly, Dr. Habte was President of the University from 1969 to 1974.  During this presidency, he received an Honorary D.H.I. from Ohio State University. He continued his service to Ethiopia in subsequent years, serving  3 years as Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs in the Government of Ethiopia.  Dr. Habte moved to the World Bank in 1977, serving first as Director of Education and Training for 10 years and then as Special Advisor on Human Resources Development to the Vice President of the Africa region for 3 years.  He was then seconded to UNICEF, where he served as Chief of UNICEF’s Education Division and Special Advisor to the Executive Director for 3 years. For additional details about these experiences and subsequent consultancies to World Bank, UNICEF, Association of African Universities, Forum for African Women Educationalists and other agencies, as well as his personal life and continuing involvement in international, national  and regional organizations concerned with education and with diaspora communities, read the more detailed Biography & Resumé.

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