Nafees Meah

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Nafees Meah

Nafees works with governments of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, including Nepal, Bangladesh, and India to represent and coordinate IRRI’s programs regionally. He also leads the development of a regional strategy and supports the development of individual country strategies for IRRI’s research, outreach, training, and resource mobilization activities in consultation with key universities, civil society organizations, and international donors and organizations.

Prior to joining IRRI, Nafees served as director of the UK Research Councils (RCUK) India from 2012 to 2016. During his time there, Nafees developed a program of activities to deliver the organization’s strategy for deeper research and innovation engagement with India. He is also a recognized expert on sustainable agriculture, food security, and climate change.


  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Food security
  • Energy and climate change
  • Chemistry
  • Food science
  • Risk assessment


  • LLB (Hons), Law, First Class, Birkbeck College, University of London (1997)
  • PhD in Chemistry, University College London (1986)
  • MSc in Chemistry, University of Toronto, Canada (1983)
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Upper Second Class, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (1981)


  • Director of RCUK India Office, Research Councils UK (October 2012-September 2016)
  • SCS: Head of Science, Science and Innovation Group, DECC (September 2008-September 2012)
  • SCS: Head of Food Security Team, Food and Farming Group, DEFRA (March 2008-August 2008)
  • SCS: Head of FMD Review Team, Food and Farming Group, DEFRA (September 2007-March 2008)
  • SCS: Head of Sustainable Farming Businesses Division, Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Directorate, DEFRA (June 2004-August 2007)
  • SCS: Head of Arbitration Division, Legal Directorate, DEFRA (October 2003-June 2004)
  • Pupil Barrister, Champers of Robin Purchas QC 2 Harcourt Buildings (September 2002-October 2003)
  • SCS: Regional Operations Director Leeds Disease Emergency Control Centre, State Veterinary Service, DEFRA (August 2001-August 2002)
  • Grade 6: Training and Development Strategy Manager, Personal Division, MAFF (March 2000-July 2001)
  • Grade 6: Head of Food Science Unit, Chief Scientist’s Group, MAFF (July 1996-Feb 2000)
  • HSO/SSO/Grade7, Chief Scientist’s Group, MAFF (October 1998-June 1996)
  • Post-doctoral Research, University of Cambridge (October 1986-September 1988)


  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Member of Inner Temple

Nafees Meah

Nafees Meah
IRRI Representative for South Asia

IRRI-India Office,
1st Floor, National Agricultural Science Complex (NASC),
DPS Marg, Pusa Campus,
New Delhi -12, India