Mesele Araya is a research associate with the RISE Ethiopia team. Prior to joining RISE, he worked as a researcher for several longitudinal studies, including the Early Learning Partnership (ELP) Systems Research programme, Young Lives at the University of Oxford, and Gender and Adolescence Global Evidence (GAGE) with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Specifically, he has been involved in the design and implementation of those large-scale programmes with the application of quantitative and qualitative methods. His research interests lie in the areas of early childhood education, inequality of learning in low-income settings, human capital formation, and school–to-work-transitions of young people from a gendered perspective. He has a number of publications on issues related to early childhood education, poverty, and learning inequalities, and received his PhD from the University of Bergamo (Italy).