Ahmed Awad, PhD
President/Owner, Product Development International, LLC
Location: Paramus, NJ
Career Summary: Ahmed has over 40 years of experience in food product development and quality assurance. He received his PhD in Food Science & Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin before launching his career with companies that included Unilever, Domino Sugar Corporation, and Reckitt Benckiser, Inc. He has volunteered with IESC and other VEGA member organizations in Azerbaijan, Jordan, Kenya, Moldova, Tajikistan and Ukraine in addition to Morocco.
Area(s) of Expertise: New product development, quality assurance, HACCP certification, marketing
Education: PhD, Food Science & Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin
Language(s) Spoken: English, Arabic
Name of project: Engaging Venture Capital to Strengthen Agricultural Value Chains in Morocco
Volunteer Assignment and Impact: Sicopa, the company Ahmed worked with in Morocco, had a fairly advanced infrastructure but was in need of specialized advice. His assignment helped improve the productivity of Sicopa’s automated and manual production lines by providing an assessment of production techniques and developing an action plan for improvement in the production and storage of table olives.
“I was really lucky and blessed…so I want to give back some of the knowledge.”–Dr. Ahmed Awad