Dr. Dereje Teklemariam, born and raised in Shewa (Ethiopia), is an Associate Professor of Management and Development Studies. Dereje’s research combines mixed research methods, socio-economic and environmental assessment models to investigate the dynamics of interactions among business, investment, livelihood, environment and their ramifications for socio-economic and environmental sustainability. Among current projects, he is a lead investigator about valorization of ecosystem services from highland exclosures. More projects include large-scale land acquisition and socio-environmental repercussions, Inclusive land deal governance, and enhancing agribusiness value chains, and Agro-industrial investment potential assessment. He is highly involved in multidisciplinary areas of research such as land use land cover change (LULCC), flood risk assessment, effects and resilience models. At different universities, Dereje lectures postgraduate courses such as Project Management, International Business, Natural Resources, Land Management, Local and Regional Economic Development, and Research Methodology. Dereje received his PhD from Gent University (Belgium) in Transnational Investment Management (TIM) and his doctoral dissertation was on Large-Scale transnational Land Acquisition and Effects Environment and Livelihood in Western Ethiopia. He also holds MSc in Agro-forestry from Bangor University (UK), MSc in Agricultural Development from University of Copenhagen (Denmark), MA in Development Studies (Major in Environment and Development) from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), BA in Management from Mekelle University (Ethiopia).