Professor Cheru "teaches African and Development Studies courses in the International Development Program. Originally from Ethiopia, Cheru is a leading expert in African development, with field experience in more than 20 African countries. He currently serves as a member of the UN Secretrary-General's Panel on International Support for the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) as well as Convenor of the Global Economic Agenda Track of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy. He has served both as an advisor and consultant to a number of governments and donor institutions, including the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), UNDP, UN-Habitat, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Norwegian Development Agency (NORAD), among others. Cheru also served as the UN's Special Rapporteur on Foreign Debt and Structural Adjustment for the UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva from 1998-2001.
"Among Professor Cheru's well known publications include, The African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization (2002); The Silent Revolution in Africa: Debt, Development and Democracy (1989); Ethiopia: Options for Rural Development (1990); Underdevelopment and Unemployment in Kenya (1987); The Not So Brave New Worldd: Rethinking Regional Integration in Post-Apartheid Southern Africa (1992). A co-edited book on Mobilizing Resources for the Millennium Development"  Cv
- Director, People's Movement for Human Rights Learning
- Editorial Advisory Board, South African Journal of International Affairs 
- Editorial Board, Journal of Peace and Development, American University
- Member, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition 
Resources and articles
- Co-editor, Millennium Development Goals: Raising the Resources to Tackle World Poverty, ZED Books with Colin Bradford