Tigist Mekonnen Melesse is a Post-PhD Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA-EASST), University of California, Berkeley. She is also a development economist who worked with the World Bank on poverty analysis, regional integration, trade, and agriculture-industry linkages. Tigist holds a PhD in Economics from Maastricht University, Netherlands and an MSc in Agricultural Economics and BA in Economics from Haramaya University, Ethiopia. Tigist has experience in teaching at Maastricht University, Netherlands and Jimma University, Ethiopia. Currently, Tigist is extensively engaged in evidence-based decision-making.