Girum Wolde has over seven years of experience as an academic, examining the environmental impact of urban projects. Girum is a lecturer and project manager at Wachamo University where he focuses on initiating, developing, and implementing research and projects that aim to tackle the water and sanitation problems faced by communities in his region. He is also a founding member of Green Hossana, a volunteer group that promotes green and clean cities. Girum holds a master's degree in Urban Water and Sanitation from UNESCO-IHE. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Girum plans to continue his work to improve water and sanitation systems and promote circular economies, a system that minimizes waste and maximizes resources.