In recognition of his efforts to transform Addis Ababa, Dr Arkebe was named Best African Mayor of 2006 by ABN and was a finalist for the World Mayor Award in the same year. He was recognised by the New African as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2016 and a “leading thinker on Africa’s strategic development” for his work on industrialisation and industrial policies, both theoretical and practical.
His research, which has been widely published, focuses on:
technological learning and catch-up;
sustainability and urban transformation;
China-Africa ties; and
emerging and developing economies, with a special interest in Africa.