Prof. Tenalem Ayenew received his B.Sc. degree in Geology in 1987 from Addis Ababa University, a Post graduate Diploma in Hydrological Engineering in 1991 from UNESCO-IHE and an M.Sc. in Water Resources Surveying in 1993 from the International institute for Aerospace Survey and Geoinformation Sciences (ITC) in the Netherlands. Soon after graduation he joined the Department of Earth Sciences of Addis Ababa University. He received a PhD in Hydro-geology from the Free University of Amsterdam in 1998.
Prof. Tenalem has published over seventy-five scientific papers in international journals and has authored a number of books. He has won prestigious international research grants from a number of institutions and foundations, such as: the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), Alexander Von Humboldt Humboldt Foundation, the African Young Scientists grant from STaRT, and was an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow at the University of Bochum. Currently, he is coordinating research projects and consulting on national water resources and road development projects and environmental impact assessment studies across Africa.
Prof. Tenalem’s research interests include: applications of numerical models for hydrologic and hydrogeological system analysis, development of decision support tools for groundwater management, evaluation of the groundwater and surface waters links using isotope and hydrochemical techniques, effects of neotectonism and climate change on the Ethiopian lakes, assessment of the mechanism of fluoride enrichment and water pollution. He is also interested in the conservation of the fragile Ethiopian rift lakes and other endangered wetlands of Ethiopia.