Dr. Amitava Roy is the Board Vice Chair of the Sasakawa Africa Association and former president and chief executive officer of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). Currently he advises several countries in Africa south of the Sahara on agricultural sector development.

Dr. Roy has helped to develop fertilizer and agricultural sectors in low- and middle-income countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. He played a pivotal role in the 2006 Africa Fertilizer Summit, which led to the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for an African Green Revolution.

Roy created IFDC’s Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC) in 2010. The VFRC looks to be the cutting-edge global research initiative coordinating the creation of the next generation of fertilizers and production technologies. He co-led the Global Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorous Management initiative, a multiple case study research project. In 2014, Roy co-edited Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap, published by Springer. In 2012, Roy was appointed to the steering committee of the Global Nutrient Management Project of the United Nations Environment Program.

Roy received a B.Tech. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA,

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