Tekeste is an Associate Scientist in Coproducts for the AURI Coproducts Lab in Waseca, Minnesota. He previously worked at the University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center lab as a nutrition lab tech. Tekesta has experience in quality assurance and is also certified in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control points (HACCP), FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) as a Preventive Control Quality Individual, and has his certification in Sanitation for Food Safety.

Tekeste has education and extensive experience in livestock production, animal nutrition, animal health, agricultural development projects, and dairy and swine farming. He was previously the head and instructor in the department of animal science at the Hagaz Agro Technical Institute in Eritrea, Africa. He also has several abstracts and publications in swine and ruminant nutrition. Tekeste has extensive knowledge conducting various research projects and analytical procedures.

Tekeste has an M.Sc. degree in Sustainable Livestock Production from the University of Asmara in Eritrea. He also has done postgraduate studies in Agricultural Sciences at the University of Hohenheim in Germany.