F.M. Safiul Azam
Climate change and biotechnology expert
Fardous Mohammad Safiul Azam is an academician and passionate researcher in the fields of biotechnology, plant tissue culture, plant breeding, crop production, biofortification, climate change and adaptation, nutrition and health, environmental bioremediation, medicinal plants, and biodiversity conservation. Mr. Azam has completed Ph.D. studies from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and worked on maize functional genomics for folate (Vitamin B9) metabolism and its bio-fortification. Since 2008, he has been extensively engaged in research and teaching, both in Bangladesh and China. Throughout his academic career, he maintained a wide-ranging attachment to research, working with his student groups and collaborators both in Bangladesh and abroad. His immense interest and fascination with sustainable agriculture have resulted in numerous scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, conferences, and workshops. Mr. Azam is the Bangladesh Representative of YPARD (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development), which is a global youth-led networking movement. Moreover, he is also enjoying his journey as a liaison and partnership officer at YPARD Asia and Pacific. In this regard, his team is working on creating a networking platform among youths in Bangladesh and developing new channels for partnerships to create new opportunities for young professionals and empower them with leadership skills. Interesting programs that he is involved in are developing nutrition awareness among youths and schools, promoting home gardening and school gardening, and advocating for climate change, food security, and food safety. In addition to this, working with the British Council Bangladesh as the International Climate Champion 2010, he has played an influential role in his efforts to address climate change in sustainable agriculture in Bangladesh.