Ruth Bekele started her PhD in 2021 in the Farming Systems Ecology Group (FSE) at Wageningen University and Research (WUR). She has been working as a researcher in Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) in Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate (FSNRD). It has always been her passion to contribute for the development and transformation towards sustainable food system in Ethiopia. Currently she is doing her PhD titled "Circular food systems for a healthy diet and planet: The Ethiopian case", under the supervision of Dr. Hannah van Zanten, Dr. Jeroen Groot and Dr. Inge Brouwer.
Ruth received her BSc in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (2011) from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. She then served as an assistant lecturer at Ambo University in agricultural engineering courses. In 2013, she was granted a scholarship and studied Food Processing Technology and Renewable Energy at Anand University, India. Ruth specialized in food processing technology, nutritious food product development, farm mechanization, postharvest handling, renewable energy sources and agribusiness. Ruth is known for her efficiency, planning and organizing, communication skills and most importantly determined to success.