Dr Nahdy graduated with a PhD in Agriculture in 1995 at The University of Reading, UK and undertaken several training in R&D, leadership, strategic planning and partnership building. He holds An MSc in Entomology from Khartoum University (Sudan) and a BSc in Zoology and Botany from Makerere University (Uganda).
He comes to AFAAS with a wealth of experience gained in a career spanning over 30 years and embracing university teaching, scientific research in crop post-harvest systems, as well as planning and managing national agricultural research and advisory services. He led the team that designed the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) of Uganda which he subsequently led as the Executive Director for a period of 10 years. Prior to taking up the NAADS post he was the Director of Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute - one of the Uganda's premier research institutes.
During his tenure at NAADS he was at the forefront of efforts to mobilise agricultural advisory services (AAS) in Africa for purposes of sharing experiences, seeking common voice in agricultural development forums, and influencing national, regional and international policy agendas for enhancing the effectiveness of AAS.
Dr Nahdy was the inaugural Chairman of the Governing Board of the Sub-Saharan African Network of Agricultural Advisory Services (SSANAAS) in 2004 and continued to serve as Chairman through its transformation into AFAAS in 2006. Through his efforts, both SSANAAS and AFAAS were hosted and resourced by NAADS until funding was provided by the European Union to establish institutional and organisational structures in May 2010.
Dr Silim Nahdy is currently a Steering Committee member (from 2009 to Present ) and former Chairman (until 2011) of the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS), the global body that brings together practitioners of AAS from all over the world.
His key expertise, skills and experience are the following:
Developing Policies, Strategies and Plans for rural development with special focus in agricultural innovations, in a demand driven, decentralised, privatised and market oriented Research and Development Services. Providing leadership and contributing to an evolving agricultural advisory systems in Africa and globally based on lessons and good practices. Implementing Collaborative initiatives, partnerships and linkages with National, Continental and International Institutions and Programmes, and with Private Sector, NGOs, and the Donor community for Rural Development focusing on Extension Agricultural Advisory Services. Playing advocacy role for Rural Development focusing on Extension Agricultural Advisory Services.