Zinabu Samaro Rekiso


Zinabu Samaro Rekiso is a development economist with particular interest in late-development and industrialization, economic integration, financing economic development, international political economy of development and trade and industrial policies. He obtained PhD in Technology Governance (Development Economics) from Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia) in 2018. The topic of his PhD dissertation is “Economics of Late Development, Industrialization and Economic Integration” He obtained BA and MSc degrees in economics from Addis Ababa University in 2001 and 2006, respectively. 

His academic publications include: 

  • Zinabu Samaro Rekiso, 2020. “Trade deficits as development deficits: Case of Ethiopia,” Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 344-353. 
  • Zinabu Samaro Rekiso, 2019. “Economics of Late Development and Industrialization for an African Setting: Putting Gebrehiwot Baykedagn (1886-1919) in Context”, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Volume 43, Issue 1, Pages 223–248)
  • Zinabu Samaro Rekiso, 2017 “Rethinking Regional Economic Integration in Africa as if Industrialization Mattered”, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics Vol.43 (2017, pp. 87-98)
  • “Education and Economic Development in Ethiopia: 1991-1917”, in Cheru, Cramer and Oqubay (eds.), Oxford Handbook on the Ethiopian Economy, Oxford University Press, 2019.
  • F. Cheru and Zinabu S. Rekiso (2019), “Ethiopia’s ‘economic diplomacy’ and regional integration” in Cheru, Cramer and Oqubay (eds.), Oxford Handbook on the Ethiopian Economy, Oxford University Press, 2019.

He is currently working as an economist for the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Ethiopia. Prior to assuming this post, he worked for UN HABITAT for three years as Research and M&E Officer. From 2001-2008, he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia in different capacities. He worked for UNDP South Sudan from 2009 – 2012 as Economist. To date, he has consulted dozens of business organizations, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as international organizations such as UNCTAD, ITC and COMESA.