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Dr. Amit Roy is the former president and chief executive officer of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC). He served in this position till the end of 2015. Currently he advices several countries on the input sector development in the context of agricultural development
Over the course of his career, Roy has been highly influential in shaping policy decisions, speaking before heads of state and ministers of agriculture. In 2008, he addressed the Hunger Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives and offered long-term strategies to ensuring global food security. He appeared on a roundtable at the FAO’s World Summit on Food Security in 2009. Roy played the pivotal role in the 2006 Africa Fertilizer Summit in Abuja, Nigeria. The summit, organized by IFDC on behalf of the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), led to the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizer for an African Green Revolution, a crucial first step in solving the continent’s hunger problems.
Roy conceived and 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 was invited by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) to co-lead the Global TraPs initiative (Global Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorous Management), 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 (GNMP) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Roy has been featured and interviewed in numerous international publications and appeared on television networks and programs. His lists of publications are extensive that includes chapters and editors of books. He serves on the Board of several international organizations. Roy received his B.Tech degree in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, India and his M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.