Aklilu Hailemichael served as the Director General of the Federal Education Strategy Center in Ethiopia for three years. His mandate was to provide policy and strategy support to the Ministry of Education based on research and studies, in order to improve the quality and relevance of the Ethiopian education system. In this position, he initiated and managed a number of national and international research and development projects aiming at improving the ethiopian education system. Among others, he has been coordinating an on-going project for preparing the Ethiopian Education Development Roadmap for 15 years. He completed his PhD degree in technology and agrarian development in the Department of Social Sciences in Wageningen University and Research Centre of the Netherlands. He contributed to institutional building and development as a Vice President of Aksum University for more than four years. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the College of Development Studies in Addis Ababa University.