FSS is a membership organization and democratically governed, with decision-making shared among the General Assembly, the Board of Advisors, and the Management Committee. The General Assembly meets once a year to review and approve the broad policies of the organization. The Board, elected by the General Assembly and which meets more frequently, is responsible for drawing up the policies and strategies of FSS, monitoring the work of the executive, approving research priorities, and reviewing and approving the finances. Of the nine members in the Board four are women. The day-to-day work of the organization is led by the Executive Director, who is appointed by the Board and serves for a maximum of two 4-year terms. He/she is assisted by the Management Committee and the general staff.
Starting 1st June 2010, Dr. Meheret Ayenew has been appointed as the new executive director replacing Professor Bahru Zewdie, who has gone on a research leave after serving one term. Dr. Meheret, who is FSS’ third executive director, has been a member of FSS since 1999. He served as a member of its Management Committee until 2004. He has also served as Deputy Chair of the FSS Board since 2004. He was an active participant in many of the programs of FSS engaging in a number of research projects and coordinating the Poverty Dialogue Series in 2000-2002.
Dr. Meheret, who has a Ph.D in Public Policy from the State University of New York at Albany, comes after a long and distinguished academic service at Addis Ababa University. Aside from his teaching commitments, he has served as Assistant Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Program Director of the Graduate Studies in Regional and Local Development Studies at the Faculty of Business and Economics. He had published on a wide variety of subjects, including urban development policy, decentralization, international support for elections, poverty and poverty policy, and civil service and good governance. In addition, he has rendered various consultancy services to a range of national and international institutions, including the Ethiopian House of Federation, the Ministry of Federal Affairs, the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, CIDA, SIDA and GTZ.
Members of the Board of Advisors
1. Dr. Aklilu Kidanu, Chairperson
2. Ms.Tiruwork Tizazu
3. Dr. Ayalew Gebre
4. Dr. Mulumebet Zenebe
5. Dr. Kassahun Birhanu
6. Mr. Ezana Amedework
7. Dr. Meheret Ayenew, Executive Director, Secretary (non-voting)