Dr.Charudatta Digambarrao Mayee, Chairman of the Board of Directors of AFC, holds a Doctorate degree from Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi and Post-Doctoral from University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany). He did his Post-Doctoral, Alexander von Humbolt Fellow from University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart (Germany) and also holds membership of many scientific committees.
Dr. Mayee served as the Chairman of Indian Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) and also as Agricultural Commissioner in the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Govt of India. Prior to this, he also had a stint as Director of ICAR’s Central Institute of Cotton Research (CICR), Nagpur and Vice Chancellor of Marathwada Agriculture University, Parbhani.
Dr.CD Mayee is a renowned cotton scientist currently serving as President of South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and Vice President of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), New Delhi. He has done extensive research in Plant Pathology, Epidemiology and Management, Human Resource Development, Cotton Improvement and Biotechnology. He has also been chosen as a Member, African Biosafety Network Expertise, Burkina Faso and International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA). He has done extensive research in Plant Pathology, Epidemiology and Management, Human Resource Development, Cotton Improvement and Biotechnology.
In view of his outstanding contributions, Dr.Mayee has been conferred with various awards and honours - Prof. M.J. Narasimhan Academic Award, 1974, V.P. Gokhale Award, 1998, Vasantrao Naik Krishi Award, 2002, Outstanding Team Research Award, 2003, Dr. B.Vishwanath Award, 2005, Life Time Achievement Awards, 2008, 2011, 2012, Lekhiram Memorial Award, 2009, Doda Raghav Reddy Award, 2010, Leadership Award 2010, Amit Prabudh Manishi Award, 2012, IPS Recognition Award, 2012, Sasya Suraksha Mahajani Award, 2012, D.Sc.(Honoris Causa), Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa Samastipur(Bihar), 2009, OUAT, Bhubaneshwar(Orissa), 2010 and Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat(Assam), 2010. Honoured with two civilian awards for social, cultural and scientific activities in the city of Nagpur, viz. Global Nagpur and Sarathi Awards.Sheti Sanman Puraskar by ABP Maza Marathi Channel, 2016, Annasaheb Shinde Puraskar, 2017 for contribution to agriculture, DR A.P. Misra. Life Time Achievement Award , 2017 by IIPS, New Delhi, Padma bhushan Dr Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil National Award, 2017 by Rayat Shikshan Santha ,Satara.