Desta Mebratu

Extraordinary Professor

Field of research

  • Resource efficient and cleaner production
  • Sustainable energy systems
  • Sustainable development policies
  • Green Economy


Desta Mebratu is a chemical engineer by background and has a PhD of engineering in Industrial Environmental Economics from Lund University. He has more than 28 years of experience working for industries, government agencies, universities and international organizations. He worked for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for more than 13 years holding various positions including serving as the Deputy Regional Director for Africa (2011-2016). His main areas of expertise are: resource efficient and cleaner production, sustainable energy systems, sustainable development policies and Green Economy.

He has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books and conference reports. He is currently an Associate Professor (Extraordinary) at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) and coordinates the research and development programme on ‘Distributed Renewable Economy’ as a vehicle for Africa’s transition to an inclusive, low carbon and resource efficient economy. Professor Mebratu is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (FAAS), Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study and Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies.