Habtu Lemma has more than 25 years of working experience in different government offices with more than 10 years in the food security sector. He began working with Agriteam in 2011, as the SNSF Regional Facilitation Team Leader for the Tigray region. Prior to that, he worked as a Safeguard Specialist for the Agricultural Growth Program, employed by the UNDP. One of his primary roles was to provide training on implementation and monitoring safeguards for staff of implementing agencies at various levels. He worked for five years as Regional Food Security Project Coordinator (World Bank and CIDA) and was responsible for overall project planning, implementation and monitoring and capacity building. He also worked at Melkassa Research Center as a Technical Assistant (four years) and the Bureau of Finance and Economic Development as Population and Environment Expert, and later as Department Head (10 years), responsible for planning and streamlining population and environment activities in the region.