Cary Fowler, Special Advisor (former Executive Director) Prior to joining the Crop Trust as its Executive Director, Dr. Cary Fowler was Professor and Director of Research in the Department for International Environment & Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He was also a Senior Advisor to the Director General of Bioversity International. In this latter role, he represented the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in negotiations on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Cary's career in the conservation and use of crop diversity spans 30 years. He was Program Director for the National Sharecroppers Fund / Rural Advancement Fund, a US-based NGO engaged in plant genetic resources education and advocacy. In 1985 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (the "Alternative Nobel Prize") in a ceremony in the Swedish Parliament. In the 1990s, he headed the International Conference and Programme on Plant Genetic Resources at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which produced the UN's first ever global assessment of the state of the world's plant genetic resources. He drafted and supervised negotiations of FAO's Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources, adopted by 150 countries in 1996. That same year he served as Special Assistant to the Secretary General of the World Food Summit. During the negotiation process of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources, Cary chaired a series of off-the-record retreats with key delegates, sponsored by the Nordic countries. He is a past-member of the National Plant Genetic Resources Board of the U.S. and the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, and is currently Chair of the International Advisory Council of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. He holds a position as Associate Curator at the Memphis City Family of Museums.
Cary has been profiled by CBS 60 Minutes and the New Yorker, is the author of several books on the subject of plant genetic resources and more than 75 articles on the topic in agriculture, law, and development journals. Cary earned his Ph.D. at the University of Uppsala (Sweden), and in 2008 received an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University (Canada). In 2010, the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences awarded him the Vavilov Medal for his "exceptional contribution" to the cause of conserving plant genetic resources for present and future generations. He also received a 2010 Heinz Award for his “vision and efforts in the preservation of the world’s food supply”.
Geoff Hawtin, Advisor
Dr. Hawtin is a world renowned authority in the conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources. He was the founding director of the Crop Trust in 2004. Dr. Hawtin has also been Director General of two research institutes of the CGIAR: Bioversity International in Rome, Italy and International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). He is currently the vice Chairman of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture's (CIAT) Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is also Technical Advisor to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Anne Clyne, Advisor Anne joined the Crop Trust in November 2004 shortly after the Crop Trust was established as an international organization. She developed the finance department, drafting financial policies and procedures and establishing the financial systems required for the effective management of the Crop Trust’s finances. Committee of the Executive Board. Anne is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ICAI), having trained with KPMG in Dublin, and holds a BA in Accounting & Finance and an MBS in Accounting.
Lucy Harold, Consultant Lucy is an English qualified lawyer specialising in intellectual property issues. Prior to her work for the Crop Trust, she was a Partner at an international commercial law firm in London, UK, heading up its intellectual property practice. Lucy advises the Crop Trust on its contractual issues. She has a BA in Law from Cambridge University, UK and a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Bristol University, UK. As well as her work for the Crop Trust, Lucy is an external supervisor of undergraduates on the BA Law degree at Cambridge University.
Gerald Moore, Legal Advisor Gerald is an English barrister specializing in international law. He holds law degrees from Cambridge University (BA) and the University of California at Berkeley (LLM). He was Legal Counsel of FAO from 1988 until his retirement in 2000. Since his retirement he has worked as a consultant on international legal issues with a number of international organizations. Until recently he was also an Honorary Fellow with Bioversity International, dealing primarily with the implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. He now works part-time for WFP as Ethics Officer ad interim.