Professor Seifu Kebede Gurmessa obtained PhD from the University of Avignon, France in 2005. He served Addis Ababa University and many other international organizations before joining the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2019. He authors more than 60 peer reviewed scientific articles in various hydrology topics and a book on groundwater. He is currently serving as vice president for the SSA region of the International Association of Hydrogeologists. In his capacity as groundwater expert, he supports pan African Groundwater programs and initiatives.
His research interest rests in tracer hydrology and geochemistry as applied to water resources management, surface water groundwater interaction studies, and open water evaporation studies. He has been involved in research activities related to the multifaceted dimensions of groundwater including -rural water supply, groundwater irrigation, and human health.