Managing Director

Goitom Gebreluel (PhD) is the Managing Director of HPR. He has over a decade of experience from academia, government and in consulting. He has in the past worked for Norwegian and Ethiopian government agencies and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in foreign policy and diplomatic studies at the University of London and University of Mekele. 


He obtained his PhD in political science from the University of Cambridge and MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His publications and commentaries have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Washington Quarterly, and The Washington Post.

Areas of expertise: Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, security, political economy and foreign policy.


Affiliated Analyst

Teemt Bekele is a political scientist. Her research focuses on governance and religious dynamics in East Africa. She has in the past served as an analyst for peacebuilding programs led by IGAD and USAID in Ethiopia. Teemt holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and is finalizing her PhD in War Studies Department at Kings College London’s.

Areas of expertise: governance, religious conflict, terrorism, countering violent extremism.


Affiliated Analyst

Keni Karuiki (PhD) has a background in political economy and law. He has previously worked as a legal advisor for the African Union and GIZ in Ethiopia. His academic work has focused on political economy and agricultural policy, which was the focus of his doctoral studies at SOAS, University of London. Keni has also taught courses in political economy at SOAS.

Areas of expertise: Kenya, Ethiopia, agriculture, political economy, legal practice and analysis.


Affiliated Analyst

Amund Tallaksen (PhD) is a public policy specialist. He has researched and taught courses on drug policy and organised crime at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a PhD and MSc from Carnegie Mellon University in history and public policy.

Areas of expertise: crime, public policy, quantitative data analysis.