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Sayed Azam-Ali

Crops For the Future

After completing a PhD in Environmental Physics at the University of Nottingham, UK, Professor Sayed Azam-Ali worked as a Groundnut Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India, later returning to Nottingham where he became Professor of Tropical Agronomy and then Chair in Global Food Security. In 2008, he was appointed as Vice-Provost for Research and Internationalization at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia, and in 2011 became founding CEO of Crops For the Future Research Centre (CFFRC), the world's first centre for research solely on the world’s underutilised and forgotten crops. In 2020 he became CEO of Crops For the Future (CFF) based in Cambridge, UK. Sayed Azam-Ali is a past Chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture. In 2021 he was awarded an OBE for 'services to underutilised crops and increasing global food security' in the Queens New Year's Honours List and received his award from HRH The Princess Royal at an investiture ceremony in March 2022.

Sayed Azam-Ali is the author of `The Ninth Revolution; transforming food systems for good’ available at (

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