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Arega Alene is an agricultural economist IITA based in Malawi and leads research programs on impact evaluation and strategic analysis of R&D investments and priorities. He started his career in 1992 at Alemaya University of Agriculture in Ethiopia as a lecturer in agricultural economics upon earning his B.Sc. in agricultural economics (with distinction) from the same university. Arega joined IITA in October 2003 as a postdoctoral fellow with the impact, policy, and systems analysis program. He has published over 40 research papers, with over 30 of these in peer-reviewed journals, namely, Agricultural Economics, Food Policy, World Development, Empirical Economics, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Developing Areas, Agricultural Systems, Agricultural Economics Review, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture, Outlook on Agriculture, Journal of Agricultural and Food Economics, and South African Journal of Agricultural Economics. An Ethiopian national, Dr Alene holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His research interests include R&D impact evaluation, productivity analysis, agricultural policy, and international development.