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Getachew Alemu is an intellectual property (IP) expert, who studied IP at the University of London, and has made impact in strengthening the IP regime and promoting the use of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity and enhancing development in Africa for many years. He has initiated and/or implemented projects that demonstrate the significance of the IP system in strengthening local creative and innovative activities; meeting socio-economic developement goals and defeating the erroneous perception that protection of intellectual property is not in the interest of developing countries. Mr. Getachew served as an adjunct lecturer and professor at Addis Ababa University School of Law and other Colleges. He authored or co-authored over 20 works on Intellectual Property and related topics published in books, well-known international journals, and conference proceedings.