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Prof. Dr. Adel El-Beltagy is currently Chair of the International Dryland Development Commission (IDDC), Professor, Arid Land Agricultural Graduate Studies & Research Institute (ALARI), Ain Shams University, Egypt, Chair of the Food and Agriculture Research Council at the Egyptian Academy of Science &Technology, President of the Agriculture Committee of the Supreme Council of universities, Egypt. Member of the Advisory Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Board member of the Regional Action for Climate Change (RACC), Science and Technology in Society forum (STS), Kyoto, Japan (2010-till now).

He has served as President of the Governing Board of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) (2010-2015), Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (2014-2015), Member of the Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (2006-2012), Chair of the BA Executive Board (2015-2018). Member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) (2014-2018). Member of the High-Level Task Force on Resource Mobilization (Benefit –Sharing Fund) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2013-2016), Board member of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (2009-2013), Board Member of the Supreme Council of Science & Technology, Egypt (2008-2011), Chairman of the Agricultural Research & Development Council (ARDC), Egypt, Vice Chair/Member of the board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) (2007-2011), Member of the CGIAR change steering team (2007-2008), Council member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) (2006- 2011), Chair of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) (2006-2010), Member of the FAO High-Level Committee addressing the implementation of the UN millennium development goals (MDGs) (2006-2011), Member of the European Action on Global Life Sciences (EAGLES), Member of the CDC ICWG - Climate Change (2004-2006), Board Member of the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Board (2004-2005), Chairman of the CDC Integrated Natural Resource Management Committee (INRM) (2003-2005), Chairman of the Center Directors Committee (CDC) for the International agricultural research centers of the CGIAR (2002-2003), Chair of the Global Consortium to Re-build Agriculture in Afghanistan (2002-2006), Chairman of CDC Task-Force for Central West Asia and North Africa (CWANA) (1999-2006), Chairman of the CGIAR consortium for Sustainable Agricultural Development in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC) (1996-2006), Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) (1995-2006), Member of the CGIAR Genetic Resources Policy Committee (1994-1999), Chairman of the Scientific/Technical Council of the International Sahara and Sahel Observatory (SSO) (1993-2002), Director/Board Chairman of Agricultural Research Center of Egypt (1991-1995), Chairman, Executive Board, Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) (1989-1994), First Under-Secretary of State for Land Reclamation of Egypt, (1986-1991) and Vice Chairman of Tropical and Subtropical Committee (North Africa) International Horticultural Society (ISHS) (1986-1990).

Agriculture Development Programs and Human Resource Empowerment:

-     Chair of the team for developing North Sinai Reclamation Project with the World Bank. This effort produced 18 volume study on land use for 400,000 Feddan. (Funding requirement 1.45 billion L.E./250 million US$) (1988-1991).

-     Acted as focal point between the sector of Agric., and Land Reclamation and Int'l organizations (i.e., FAO, WB, WFP/WFC and IFAD) (1988-1991).

-     Coordinated training& scholarship programs in different Agric. domains for Africa, Asia, Latin America & the Arab World participants (approx., 650 trainees/year) (1988-1991).

-     Through the NARP project funded by USAID, ARDF and EU, more than 90 PhD, 250 MSc., and more than 2150 scientific visitation to the USA & Europe (1991-1995)

  • •    2018, Ain Shams University Prize for Scientific Merit in Agriculture Science, Egypt.

  • •    2018, Leaders of the Decade in Agriculture, presented at Women Economic Forum, New Delhi, India.

  • •    2015, The Golden Medal of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in recognition of enhancing the Agriculture Development in the Mediterranean.

  • •    2014, Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit, in recognition to his efforts in the International Agriculture Development, particularly in the Mediterranean countries, Government of France.

  • •    2011, Certificate of recognition from the board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.

  • •    2010, Certificate of recognition from The Association of Agriculture Research Institutions in Near East & North Africa AARINENA.

  • •    2009, The Sultan Qaboos 'First Class' Order for Culture, Sciences and Arts for his contribution to the development of agriculture in the dry areas, Oman.

  • •    2009, "2008 State Recognition Prize in Sciences", Egypt.

  • •    2006, Degree of Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Khartoum, Sudan.

  • •    2006, Golden Medal Award for achievements in agriculture, Republic of Armenia.

  • •    2006, The Academic Status Award for contribution to the development of international cooperation in Agriculture from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

  • •    2006, Certificate of recognition from the Central Asia and the Caucasus Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (CACAARI).

  • •    2006, Certificate of Plaque of Appreciation from The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI).

  • •    2005, Certificate of Plaque of Appreciation from The Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions (APAARI).

  • •    2005, Al-Istiklal Medal by His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan.

  • •    2004, Academic Status of Honorable Professor of the Scientific Council of Azerbaijan Agricultural Academy.

  • •    2003, Sahel & Sahara Observatory (OSS) Honorary Medal.

  • •    2002, Academician (Foreign Member) of the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the field of crop science.

  • •    2001, Honorable Academician of the Kyrgyz Agrarian Academy.

  • •    1999, Foreign Member of the Georgian Academy Agricultural Sciences, Tbilisi.

  • •    1999, Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Moscow.

  • •    1994 FAO Silver Medal of the World Food Day, in recognition for efforts related to the issues of water as a source of life "Water for Life".

  • •    1993, FAO silver medal in recognition for outstanding efforts and support to biological diversity, sustainable development of natural resources and agricultural development.

  • •    1993, Fellow of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, U.K.

  • •    1992 FAO Silver Medal of the World Food Day, in recognition for efforts related to the issues of "Food and Nutrition".

  • •    1992, Received Certificate of Recognition for contributions to agricultural development in Egypt and the Shield of the University during the celebration Anniversary of Alexandria University.

  • •    1992, Received Certificate of Recognition of the Highest Honor and the University Shield during the celebrations of the golden Anniversary of Ain Shams University.

  • •    1991, FAO silver medal of "Trees for life" for supporting Agro-forestation in Egypt specially in Arid Lands.

  • •    1990, FAO silver medal of World Food Day, in recognition for efforts related to the issues of ecological degradation.

  • •    1989, FAO silver medal commemorating the theme of the 1989 Food and Environment in recognition of the support to agricultural policy planning through contributions made to the national programme for New Land Reclamation, vertical agricultural expansion, and appreciation for efforts to support all agriculture development projects in the country.

  • •    1982, Golden Pen of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).


Founding Member of the British Plant Growth Regulator Group. Member of the Egyptian Society for Horticultural Science and the Arab Water Council (AWC). Former Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), International Plant Growth Substances Association, International Society of Horticultural Science, American Society for Horticultural Science, Society for Experimental Biology (SEB), UK, and International Water Resources Association (IWRA).

Civil Societies:

•    The Human Foundation, (2011-Present)
•    Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, (2001 –Present).

He has authored/co-authored more than 199 scientific publications.

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