Crop Trust Advisors - Cary Fowler in Svalbard Global Seed Vault


The Crop Trust is fortunate to be supported by great advisors.

External advisors and specialists also assist the Crop Trust.

Cary Fowler, former Executive Director 2007-2012

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.

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.  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.

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 Global Crop Diversity Trust in 2004 . He has also been Director General of two research institutes of the CGIAR: Bioversity International in Rome, Italy and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture’s (CIAT) in Colombia, and was Deputy Director General of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA). He is currently the Vice Chairman of CIAT’s Board of Trustees, serves on the Board of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is Senior Technical Advisor to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

Peter Werner, Pre-breeding Advisor

Dr. Werner is a consultant plant breeder who has had a long and distinguished career as a barley pre-breeder with KWS UK Ltd. He completed a PhD in quantitative plant genetics at Birmingham University and held post-doctorate positions researching onions and Brussels sprouts at the National Vegetable Research Station in Wellesbourne. He then moved into commercial plant breeding with Cambridge Plant Breeders which later became KWS. As an advisor to the Crop Trust he provides expert advice on pre-breeding projects and supports connections with the private sector.

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.