Professor Sayed Azam-Ali
Chief Executive Officer, Crops for the Future Research Centre
Professor Sayed Azam-Ali is the Chief Executive Officer of Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) the world’s first centre research on underutilised plants for food and non-food uses. He is also the Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham.
After his first degree in Plant Biology at the University of Wales, Professor Azam-Ali completed his PhD in Environmental Physics at the University of Nottingham in 1983. He then worked as a plant physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India, returning to Nottingham where he became Professor of Tropical Agronomy in 2006.
At Nottingham, Professor Azam-Ali co-ordinated three major EU-funded Programmes on Bambara groundnut and was a principal partner in two other EU programmes. He was also Principal Investigator for six UK DFiD projects. In 2008, Professor Azam-Ali was appointed as Vice-Provost (Research and Internationalisation) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus where he successfully secured the European Union funded MYEULINK programme that links major research universities in Malaysia with counterparts in Europe. He also co-ordinated the successful bid by the University of Nottingham to co-host the global Crops for the Future (CFF) organisation against stiff international competition.