Abebe Shimeles is currently Manager of Development Research Division, African Development Bank. Previously Mr Shimeles has worked for The World Bank, UNECA, ACTIONAID, and Addis Ababa University in different capacities. His recent research interest includes labor market integration, migration issues in Africa and impact evaluation of policy interventions. He holds a PhD in economics from University of Goteborg, MSC from Delhi School of Economics and undergraduate degree in economics from Addis Ababa University.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2011.