Mr. Zhongxin Chen is a senior IT officer at Digitalization and Informatics Division at United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Now he is leading the development and operation of FAO’s Hand-in-Hand Initiative Geospatial Platform, agricultural applications of cutting-edge technologies including artificial intelligence (AI) and geospatial IT. He is Co-Chair of the Geo-AI Working Group of UN Open GIS. Before his joining FAO in 2019, He was a research professor at Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), and the director of Department of Remote Sensing and Digital Agriculture at IARRP. He was honored ‘National Outstanding Agronomist’ by the Ministry of Agriculture of China in 2015. He has engaged in promoting agriculture benefit using data science, AI, geospatial IT including remote sensing and GIS since 1999. His main research interests include agricultural digitalization, agricultural geospatial information platform and infrastructure, IT applications development, agro-informatics, and so on. He has been PI for more than 50 national, ministerial and international scientific research projects. He has published more than 200 papers, books, book chapters, and reports. He has been honored in three National Science and Technology Advance Awards from Chinese Government (2012, 2014 and 2016) and one Newton Prize from UK Government (2019).
Since 2019, he has been leader of the Agro-informatics Unit in FAO’s Digitalization and Informatics Division. He was awarded as one of 100 Best FAO Staff 2020.