Mr. Mitiku Kassa Gutile

portrait of Mr. Mitiku Kassa Gutile

Mr. Mitiku Kassa Gutile was appointed as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement in December 2019. Born on 03 December 1963 in Yirgalem, Ethiopia, he attended his primary and secondary education in his home town and went on to earn a BSC degree in Agriculture in 1987 from Alemaya University of Agriculture in Ethiopia and an MSC degree in Aquaculture from Wageningen University of Agriculture in the Netherlands in 1998. Mr Gutile started his professional career as Junior expert in the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development in which he progressed to become a senior expert of Pastoral Area Policy Affairs and Head of Program Monitoring. He later became the Head, Department of Food Security Works Co–ordination in the South Nations, Nationalities and People Regional State and, from August 2008 to December 2015 was the State Minister for Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. Since 11 December 2015, he has been Commissioner for the National Disaster Risk Management Commission of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. In this capacity, Mr Gutile has played a leading and remarkable role in implementing the country’s Disaster Risk Management Policy and Strategy including combating the El Nino – induced drought that ravaged the country in 2016, the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) induced drought in 2017 and, since 2017, the problems and challenges of internal displacement across the country. In addition to his day today responsibilities at the National Disaster Risk Management Commission, Mr Gutile also coordinates all the humanitarian and resilience - building efforts of the line Ministries and Partners.