Global Crop Diversity Trust

A Foundation for Food Security

Executive Office

Marie Haga, Executive Director Marie Haga joined the Global Crop Diversity Trust as Executive Director in March 2013.  She had previously been member and Deputy Chair of the Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board.

Ms. Haga has a background from the Foreign Service as a career diplomat, from politics and private sector.

She has held senior positions in the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York and in the Embassy in New Delhi. She has held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affaires, including head of Office for Asia and Latin America.

Ms. Haga has wide experience from politics and served as a Member of Parliament in Norway from 2001-2009. She was political advisor to the Minister for Development Cooperation from 1997-1998. She was Chairperson of the Centre Party from 2003 - 2008. Ms. Haga has held three Ministerial positions: Minister of Cultural Affairs (1999–2000), Minister of Local Government and Regional Development (2005–2007) and Minister of Petroleum and Energy (2007 – 2008).

Marie Haga has held the position as Director for Renewable Energy in the Federation of Norwegian Industries (2009–2011) and as Secretary General of the Norwegian Air Ambulance (2011-2013) - the biggest voluntary organization in Norway.

Ms. Haga has been on several boards, including as Chair of the Governing Board of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) (2009 – 2013) and Chair of the Governing Board of the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway (2010 – 2013)

Marie Haga has also published three books - one novel and two on Norwegian politics.

Paula Bramel, Deputy Executive Director Paula joined the Crop Trust from the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Nigeria, where she was Deputy Director General. At IITA she was responsible for the leadership and management of the Institute's research agenda, which has some 100 scientists and 250 support staff located in 12 African countries. She has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher and plant breeder in Africa, Asia and North America. This experience includes 11 years as a Tenured Associate Professor of Agronomy at Kansas State University, as a sorghum breeder, and 6 years at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India as Principal Scientist, Genetic Resources. 

Mary Ghira, Executive Office Assistant  Mary is the Assistant to the Executive Office. She is responsible for providing administrative support to the Executive Office and to the Crop Trust’s Executive Board. In addition, she supports the Crop Trust’s Senior Management Team and provides overall administrative support to Crop Trust staff.  Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration. In addition to longstanding experience in previous positions with the German civil service in which she provided general administrative support, Mary has significant experience in facilities management, finance and procurement. Mary is fluent in German and English and has a beginning knowledge of French.