Gebisa Ejeta currently holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Crop Science Society of America, and of the American Society of Agronomy. He graduated from Purdue University earning a Masters and a PhD in Plant Breeding & Genetics. In 2011 he was appointed by President Obama to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and appointed US Government Presidential Science Envoy and Special Advisor to the USAID Administrator. The same year he received the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award from the Society of Ethiopians in Diaspora. He is a Henry Bennett Fellow from the School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University. In 2009 he was awarded the World Food Prize.