In recognition of his efforts to transform Addis Ababa, Dr Arkebe was named Best African Mayor of 2006 by ABN and was a finalist for the World Mayor Award in the same year. He was recognised by the New African as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2016 and a “leading thinker on Africa’s strategic development” for his work on industrialisation and industrial policies, both theoretical and practical.
His research, which has been widely published, focuses on:
- structural transformation;
- technological learning and catch-up;
- industrial policy;
- sustainability and urban transformation;
- China-Africa ties; and
- emerging and developing economies, with a special interest in Africa.
His most recent publications include: Made in Africa (2015), The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy (2019), How Nations Learn: Technological Learning, Industrial Policy, and Catch Up (2019) and China-Africa and an Economic Transformation (2019). He is a Research Associate at the Centre of African Studies, University of London, and holds a PhD in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London.
In 2018, Dr Arkebe was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan.