Speaker's Profile 

Yusuf Zafar

Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC)

Yusuf Zafar is Chairman of the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) in Islamabad, Pakistan. 

He has 35 years of experience in the life sciences/biotechnology, and is involved in research and development (R&D) activities related to academics, R&D, and agro-biotech.

Zafar is founding member of the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) and School of Biotechnology, and the National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB), among other institutions.

He has a PhD in Bio Sciences from the QAU Islamabad, Pakistan/Hanover University Germany. He was bestowed the Best Scientist of the Year Award by ICAC, Washington DC, USA in 2012. Other awards include the Medal of Distinction (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) by the Government of Pakistan 23 March (2004) and Best Scientist by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (2000).

He has more than 200 publications in international reviewed journals with a high impact factor and is among the top 35 scientists whose works collectively account for over 1,500 citations. He holds the position of Visiting Professor at the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE)/Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, Pakistan, and at NIGAB/PARC, Islamabad.