School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Prof Albert Thembinkosi Modi


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. 

Research interests

  • Agronomy 
  • Crop Science 
  • Seed Science 
  • Plant Physiology 
  • Field Crop Management 
  • Underutilized Neglected Crops 
  • Sustainable Agriculture 

Research profiles