Lemma Senbet is the The William E. Mayer Chair Professor Finance, University of Maryland; Immediate Past Executive Director of African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), former Director of Center for Financial Policy and is member of the Distinguished Advisory Board of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and serves on the advisory council of the Ethiopian Diaspora Trust Fund. He is platform member of INCLUDE. Prior to Maryland, Lemma was a distinguished professor at the University of Wisconsin, US, and held the Charles Albright Endowed Chair. Lemma has received an honorary doctorate from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. In 2012, he was awarded the Ethiopian Diaspora (SEED) award for exemplary life-time achievements and community service.