New Delhi, India

As the CEO and managing director for the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), the largest fertilizer manufacturer in Asia and one of the largest in the world, Dr. Awasthi oversees the cooperative’s general management and supervises relations with 40,000 member cooperative societies across India. He joined IFFCO as it managing director in 1993, and significantly expanded its urea production capacity. Under Dr. Awasthi’s management, IFFCO also experienced a dramatic increase in fertilizer sales. A recognized authority on development, Dr. Awasthi is on the boards of several Indian and overseas companies/institutions such as IFFCO-Tokio General Insurance Co. Ltd. (ITGI), IFFCO Chattisgarh Power Ltd. (ICPL), Kisan International Trading (KIT), and the Fertiliser Association of India. He is also the chairman of Industries Chimiques Du Senegal (ICS), IFFCO Canada Enterprise Limited, and deputy chairman of Jordan India Fertiliser Company (JIFCO). Dr. Awasthi has published over 25 technical papers and has co-authored the book Fertiliser Industry in India. Dr. Awasthi is also the recipient of many prestigious national and international awards.