Afaf Kamal-Eldin

Afaf Kamal-Eldin was born 1962 in Sinnar, Sudan. She is a professor of Food Science specialized in the area of food composition and analysis with particular emphasis on bioactive components and their nutritional benefits. Prof. Afaf earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in chemistry in 1986 and 1990 from the University of Khartoum, Sudan and in 1993, she received her Ph.D. degree from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden. She has edited 6 books and published more than 200 original papers, review articles, and book chapters on the subject. Prof. Kamal-Eldin has supervised 17 PhD and 19 MSc theses. In 2009, Prof. Afaf was recognized as one of 400 leading researchers in Life Sciences in Stockholm-Uppsala (Sweden) and in 2010, she received the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Silver Medal for great achievements. Prof. Afaf was a member of the reference group of the International Program in Chemical sciences (IPICS) at Uppsala University (2003-2010) and since 2003, she is an advisor for the Food Science program at the International Foundation of Science (IFS), Stockhom, Sweden. After 20 years at SLU, professor Afaf joined the United Arab Emirates University in AlAin, UAE, in 2010. At UAEU, she served as chair for the Department of Food Science (2010-2016) and as acting Dean for the College of Food & Agriculture (2015-2016).

Most research interests for a scientist

Currently, she is focusing on research on bioactive components of camel milk and date fruits and her research group includes 6 PhD students and 5 MSc students. She is a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) since 2010 and the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) since 2016.


  • Camel milk and dairy products
  • Dietary fiber and phenolic compounds in date fruits
  • Food composition, structure, and properties
  • Food for Health