Agricultural Research and Development
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture
Meklit Tariku Chernet, an Ethiopian, is a data scientist with expertise in agronomy, design of experiments, statistics, database management and developing web based tools. Prior to joining IITA-Kenya as a Postdoctoral fellow, she had been working at universities and research companies in Ethiopia and Belgium. She has BSc in plant sciences from Alemaya University, Ethiopia where she also worked for two years teaching and coordinating a participatory plant breeding research program. As a researcher, she was responsible for designing and conducting field experiments which triggered her interest in statistical computing and providing digital solutions for data visualization. During her M.Sc and PhD studies at Gent University, Belgium, Meklit specialized in spatial statistics, GIS and Remote Sensing techniques. After her PhD, she had been working for BASF research company as data analyst being responsible for maintaining and improving SQL database, computer programming for statistical analysis, build a standardized and automated analytical tools and provide interactive web based tools for data visualization and reporting. Before she left BASF, she has been leading a team of statisticians and proved to be capable of priority setting, resource planning and making clear agreements with several stake holders.