Lemma Senbet is the William E. Mayer Chair Professor of Finance, 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 was executive Director of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), Kenya and 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.