Brief Biography

For Arabic Biography click here    

For Detailed Biography click here

Prof. Dr. Adel El-Beltagy is currently Chair of the International Drylands 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. Member of the Advisory Board of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Member of the Governing Board (RACC) Regional Action on Climate Change, STS Forum, Japan, Member of the Board of Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT).

He has served as Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation (2014/2015), Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Bib Alex (2015/2018), President of the Governing Board of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) (2010/2014), Member of the Board of the Bib Alex (2006/2012).

Has also served as Board Member of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Member of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Board Member of the Supreme Council of Science & Technology (2008-2011), Chairman of the Agricultural Research & Development Council (ARDC), Egypt (2007-2011), Vice Chair/Member of the board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) (2007-2011), Member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) change steering team (2007-2008), Council member of the 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), Chairman of the Center Directors Committee (CDC) for the International Agricultural Research Centers of the CGIAR (2002-2003), 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), 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 of Executive Board, Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD) (1989-1994) and the First Under-Secretary of the State for Land Reclamation of Egypt (1986-1991), Vice-President (North Africa) of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) (1987-1990). He established the Arid Land Research Laboratory in 1981 at Ain Shams University The Central Laboratory for Computer Expert Systems 1989, The National Agricultural Genetic Engineering Laboratory (NAGL) 1990 at Agriculture Research Center, The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, and the National Committee for Protected Agriculture 1987.


Award of Leaders of the Decade in Agriculture- Women Economic Forum, 2018, the Golden Medal of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) in recognition of enhancing the Agriculture Development in the Mediterranean (2015). Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit, in recognition to his efforts in the International Agriculture Development, particularly in the Mediterranean countries (France, 2014). Certificate of recognition from the board of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (2011) and the Association of Agriculture Research Institutions in Near East & North Africa AARINENA (2010), The Sultan Qaboos 'First Class' Order for Culture, Sciences and Arts for his contribution to the Development of Agriculture in the Dry Areas (2009). The 2008 State Recognition Prize in Sciences, Egypt. Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Khartoum Sudan (2006). The Golden Medal Award for achievements in agriculture from the Republic of Armenia. 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). Elected as a member of L'INSTITUT D'EGYPTE (founded in 1798). Certificate of recognition from CGIAR. Certificate of recognition from Asia-Pacific Association of Agriculture Research Institutions. The Al-Istiklal Medal by His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Hussein of Jordan (2005). Honorable Professor of the Scientific Council of Azerbaijan Agricultural Academy (2004). Honorary Medal of the Sahel & Sahara Observatory (OSS) (2003), Academician (Foreign Member) of the Tajik Academy of Agricultural Sciences (2002). Honorable Academician of Kyrgyz Agrarian Academy (2001). Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1999). Fellow of the University of Wales (1993). Five FAO silver medals (1989-1993) for his contribution to sustainable agriculture development & natural resource management, Golden Pen of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) (1982).


Founding member of the British Plant Growth Regulator Group. 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, Egyptian Society for Horticultural Science, World Water Council (WWC), Arab Water Council (AWC) and International Water Resources Association (IWRA).

Agricultural Strategy:
  • Co-Chairman, Government of Egypt led mission with World Bank, UNDP, FAO, UNEP and World Food Program, to develop "An Agricultural Strategy for 1990's". Document of the World Bank. Report No. 11083-EGT-September 1992.
  • Chairman of the team to develop Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy in Egypt 2030. (Arabic and English versions)
  • Chairman of the team to develop Sustainable Agricultural Development Strategy in Egypt "Business Plan 2017".

He has authored/co-authored 196 scientific publications.

top of the page