Professor Albert Modi is currently the Deputy-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture Engineering & Science. He was the Dean and Head of School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences from 2011 – 2016. He was employed by the then University of Natal in 1996 and has been associated with UKZN since then. Before joining the University, he was provincial agronomist for PHI-Hibred International, a job that exposed him to agronomy and rural development issues.
He has also worked as a CEO of the Moses Kotane Institute for Science and Technology, which he established in 2008, while he was an adjunct Professor of UKZN. His agronomy research focuses on traditional/indigenous crops.