Chilot Yirga has a Ph.D. in Natural Resource/Environmental Economics from University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is a Lead Researcher and the Deputy Director General for Administration and Capacity Building at Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR). He received several grants from BMGF, USAID, etc. and led the preparation of Ethiopian Agricultural Research System Roadmap and National Barley Research. He has over thirty-one research publications in the form of journal articles and book chapters.