Tsegay Wolde-Georgis

Tsegay Wolde-Georgis

Research Associate


  • PhD: University of Denver, 1993

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-7842


Climate and its interaction with society, focusing on early warning, food security, innovative rural technology, and capacity building.


Tsegay Wolde-Georgis joined the CCB (at the National Center for Atmospheric Research) at the end of December 2007. Before joining CCB he worked at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University as a coordinator of the Africa Program (2003-2007). Tsegay was also an Advanced Study Program Post-Doctoral Fellow at NCAR and a lecturer at the Universities of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa) and Asmara (Eritrea). He has more than a decade of experience in African issues, which included as the head of the Non-governmental and Government relations at the Embassy of Ethiopia in Washington, DC. Tsegay continues to work to maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the development of CCB projects relating to climate and society, especially in Africa.

Tsegay has been taking the lead in the following activities:

  • Collaboration with Mekelle University in Ethiopia to establish a Climate Affairs degree program for capacity building.
  • A demonstration project on victory gardens for climate change adaptation in Africa using appropriate technologies.
  • On the role of the African Diaspora for climate change adaptation and development in Africa.
  • Developing an Africa Program in Integrated Risk Governance project in collaboration with Chinese researchers.
  • Advising the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency on climate smart agricultural transformation.


  • 100 Ideas to save the Planet (Finalist), The World Bank Development Market Place, 2009




Gebru, A. A., Alemea, A., Habtu, S., Tsegay Wolde-Georgis, Teka, D., Martorano, L. G. 2018: Evaluating water productivity of tomato, pepper and Swiss chard under clay pot and furrow irrigation technologies in semi-arid areas of northern Ethiopia. International Journal of Water, 12(1): 54-65. DOI: 10.1504/IJW.2018.10011180 Preprint (353 KB)

Alfredo, K., Montalto, F. A., Timothy Bartrand, T., Tsegay Wolde-GeorgisLall, U. 2016: Using a participatory stakeholder process to plan water development in Koraro, Ethiopia. Water, 8(7): 275. DOI: 10.3390/w8070275

Tsegay Wolde-Georgis, Hadgu, K. M., Abreha, A. Z., Habtu, A. 2010: Climate change adaptation and impact mitigation: A case study of Abraha Wa Atsebaha village in Tigray, northern Ethiopia. Journal of the Drylands, 3(1): 150-157. Reprint (6 MB)

Tsegay Wolde-GeorgisMickey Glantz 2009: Biofuels in Africa: a pathway to development?. Boulder, Colorado: International Research Center for Energy and Economic Development, Occasional Paper 43.