Prof. Aberra Mogessie is an Austrian citizen of Ethiopian origin working at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Graz, Austria. He is a graduate of the Addis Ababa University (B.Sc.), University of Minnesota (USA), M.Sc., University of Innsbruck (Austria), Dr. rer, nat., and University of Graz (Austria), Dr. Habil. He is the 2011 recipient of the NMGS (Nigerian Mining and Geoscience Society) Award in Gold and a Plaque in honor of Prof. O. Oyawoye of Nigeria as a hard rock African Geologist; and a recipient of the Luis Federico Leloir Prize for International Cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation from the Argentinian Minister of Science and Technology in November 2012. In 2015, he was elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America as well as Fellow of the Africa Academy of Sciences. Prof. Mogessie was President of the Geological Society of Africa (2008-2012 and 2012-2016). He has served as Vice President (2011-2013) and President (elected in January 2014) of the Austrian Mineralogical Society (one of the oldest in Europe). He is a Fellow of the African Science Institute (ASI), elected member of the International Committee of the Geological Society of America, an elected Board Member of the Earth Sciences Matters Foundation, a senior advisor to the International Association of Geoethics (IAGETH), and President of the Geological Society of Africa. Recently, he has been working with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Africa Union Commission (AUC), and the UNDP, to facilitate the implementation of the Africa Mining Vision. He has worked with the African Minerals Development Center in Addis Ababa as its principal geoscience and minerals information system strategy consultant (2016). Prof. Mogessie is a reviewer of scientific papers for several international journals, reviewer of scientific proposals for funding Agencies, and member of the editorial board of the International Geoscience, African Journal of Earth Sciences, Ethiopian Journal of Science, SINET, etc. He has authored and co-authored over 250 research papers in reviewed journals and conference proceedings in the different fields of Earth Sciences. Prof. Mogessie has been awarded a number of research grants by the Austrian Science Foundation for his research projects in Argentina, Austria, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania and the USA.