Dr. Namdar Baghaei Yazdi is a member of the Coordinating Committee and spokesman for the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Phoenix Project Inc. and is responsible for coordinating the environmental research team in Qoqnoos, as well as a member of the Phoenix Energy Group.

Baghaei-Yazdi is a microbiologist and CEO of Biotech Consultants Ltd in the UK. He is a lecturer at the Universities of Westminster and Bedfordshire.

Dr. Baghaei was born in Tehran in 1959. After graduating from Alborz High School and spending a year at Tehran University School of Medicine, he emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1979. He received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from King’s College, London and later on obtained his doctorate degree in biotechnology from Imperial College London. He spent his postdoctoral fellowship at the same university on research into the production of ethyl alcohol at high temperatures using agricultural wastes. In 1993 he received the European Cereal Prize for his research achievements and at present he is trying to bring this research to commercialisation.

In the past, Dr. Baghaei has been researching microbial fermentation processes, salt water bio-desalination systems from oil sources at the Shell Oil Company and other research projects at British Gas Company and the British Atomic Energy Authority and the. He is the author of several scientific articles in international journals and specialized books, and his name has been registered on six patents. He also teaches biotechnology and environmental management at two UK universities and is an active member of the Society of Chemical Industry, the Microbiology Society and the Royal Society of Biology in England.

For the past twenty years, Dr. Baghaei has been one of the officials and trustees of the Library for Iranian Studies as the largest independent Iranian library outside of Iran and also serves as Vice-President of the Iranian Medical Association in the UK. He is also a member of the executive board of Kanoon Iran (a non-profit organization to preserve the Iranian culture), the British Institute of Persian Studies and the Iran Society.