Amit H. Roy
President and CEO
Dr. Amit Roy has been the president and chief executive officer of IFDC since 1992. Under his leadership, IFDC’s programs have broadened to help create sustainable agricultural productivity around the world, alleviating hunger and poverty and ensuring global food security, environmental protection and economic growth.
Roy joined IFDC in 1978 as a chemical engineer and special projects engineer. He contributed to IFDC’s successful efforts to reinvigorate Bangladesh’s agricultural sector and to prevent a humanitarian crisis in that country. He is now directing the expansion of IFDC’s successful fertilizer deep placement (FDP) technology from Bangladesh to sub-Saharan Africa.
Under Roy’s leadership, IFDC developed a working and vibrant market for agricultural supplies and products in Albania where none existed previously. Earlier in his career at IFDC, Roy was involved in research and development of new and modified fertilizer materials as well as processes using indigenous fertilizer raw materials, particularly phosphate rock. In addition, he participated in team studies of fertilizer industries in developing countries and provided technical assistance in fertilizer technology and processes and production-related environmental problems.
Roy was instrumental in organizing the Africa Fertilizer Summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2006. The Summit brought together heads of state and governments of more than 40 African nations and more than 1,100 international policymakers and agricultural experts to address Africa’s soil fertility crisis. In 2008, Roy spoke before the Hunger Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives about the role agro-inputs such as fertilizers and seeds have in providing long-term solutions to global food security. Roy founded the Virtual Fertilizer Research Center in 2010 to facilitate the development of the next generation of fertilizers and production technologies. In 2012, he was appointed to the Steering Committee of the Global Nutrient Management Project of the United Nations Environment Programme. He co-led the Global TraPs project with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft of Germany. In 2014, Roy co-edited Sustainable Phosphorus Management: A Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap.
Roy regularly meets with donors, government officials and development organizations. He has been published extensively and presented papers and keynote addresses at numerous international events and meetings.