Name TH Bekele
FirstnameTesfaye Hailu

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DescriptionPhD candidate in public health nutrition
OrganizationDepartment of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences
Organization UnitHuman Nutrition & Health
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Tesfaye Hailu is born on June 19, 1985, in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Tesfaye studied his primary school in Medhanealem elementary school and secondary school in Addis Ketema secondary school. He joined Jimma University, Ambo College of Agriculture in 2003 and graduated in Applied chemistry in 2007. After he graduated, he joined Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI formerly known as Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute) in Food Science and Nutrition Research Directorate as a junior researcher. He served the institute as a laboratory quality office and different level of the research career. In 2011, he joined Hawassa University and studied his masters in applied human nutrition. After his MSc graduation, he served EPHI as director of food science and nutrition research directorate. Currently, he is a researcher in the area of human nutrition at EPHI and in October 2017, he joined Wageningen University and Research to study his Ph.D. in human nutrition.

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My Ph.D. research topic focus on developing and evaluating food-based dietary guidelines and a healthy eating index for Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is the second populated country in Africa suffering from different forms of malnutrition and diet-related diseases: acute and chronic undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity and diet-related diseases (including type II diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer). Globalization, urbanization, population grwoth, and changes in lifestyle have influence in the food system and a shift in dietary habits in Ethiopia. These changes highlight the need for consistent, simple and practical dietary guidance to enable populations to select healthy diets, prevent diet related disease and malnutrition. In addition, having a dietary guidline will support the country food system actors to set a clear goal twowards availablity, affordablity and accessiblity of healthy diet to all population.  

Thus, the aim is to have a context specific, science-based, positive messages on healthy eating and lifestyles to prevent malnutrition and deit-related diseases. Prof. Dr. Edith Feskens , Dr. Jeanne de Vries and Dr. Inge Brouwer from WUR are my promoter, daily supervisor and advisor respectively.


I had bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry from Jimma University in 2007 and master of science in applied human nutrition from Hawassa University in 2013. I started PhD in human nutrition in 2017, in Wageningen University and Research. In Addition, I took more than 20 different work related short courses in the past 10 years. 

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