Press Release

Crop Trust Announces New Board

ROME, ITALY (16 February 2007) — The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced today the confirmation of eight new Board members, representing the highest levels of the corporate, academic and political worlds. Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai is among those who will serve on the Crop Trust’s highest body.

Until now, the Crop Trust has reported to an Interim Panel of Eminent Experts, which acted as the Executive Board. The new Executive Board will meet for the first time in April. The Trust’s Board is comprised of four members nominated by the Donors’ Council, and four members nominated by the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.

In addition to the eight members listed below, Prof. Cary Fowler, Executive Secretary of the Crop Trust, will serve in an ex officio capacity, and the Director General of FAO and the Chair of the CGIAR will also shortly nominate two further, non-voting, members. The Trust’s Executive Board meets for the first time in April, and will be able to choose two further members to supplement the experience and background already represented.

Cary Fowler, Executive Secretary of the Trust, said: “The world has taken notice of the challenges facing agriculture, such as climate change, and this has raised awareness of crop diversity and its importance to food security. Over 100 countries have been represented in the selection process for our Executive Board. The quality of the Board is a demonstration of the importance of the issues, as well as a cause for optimism that crop diversity, through the Trust, will soon be secured forever.”

Executive Board Profiles

Dr. Margaret Catley-Carlson

  • Chair, Global Water Partnership
  • President, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
  • Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF (rank of Assistant Secretary General – UN)
  • Member, UN Secretary General’s Task Force on Water
  • President, Population Council
  • Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Welfare, Canada

Mr. Lewis Coleman

  • President, DreamWorks Animation
  • Founding President, Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
  • Vice Chairman, and Chief Financial Officer, Bank of America
  • Head of International Banking, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Board Member, Northrup Grumman and Chiron Corporations
  • Pioneered debt-for-nature swaps

Sir Peter Crane

  • Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Member, The Royal Society
  • Foreign Associate of US National Academy of Sciences and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • Director, Field Museum
  • Professor, University of Chicago

Amb. Jorio Dauster

  • Ambassador of Brazil to European Union
  • Chief Negotiator of Brazil’s foreign debt for Ministry of Economy, Planning and Finance
  • President of the Brazilian Coffee Institute
  • Coordinator of the Project for Modernization of Brazil’s Patent System
  • Chair of Board, Brasil Ecodiesel
  • Chair of Board, Arnaud & Co.

Prof. Adel El-Beltagy

  • Director General, ICARDA (Syria)
  • Chair, Global Forum on Agricultural Research
  • Under Secretary of State for Land Reclamation (Egypt)
  • Director/Board Chair, Agricultural Research Center (Egypt)
  • Fellow, Third World Academy of Sciences

Prof. Cary Fowler (ex officio)

  • Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust
  • Professor and Director of Research, Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Drafted FAO’s State of the World’s Plant Genetic Resources, and Global Plan of Action

  • Chair, international committee for planning of Svalbard Global Seed Vault

CGIAR Representative in negotiations for International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources

Prof. John Lovett

  • Professor Emeritus, University of New England
  • Chair, Cooperative Research Centre for National Plant Biosecurity
  • Managing Director, Grains Research and Development Corporation
  • President, Australian Agronomy Society
  • Chair, Oilseeds Research Council

Prof. Wangari Maathai

  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2004
  • Member of Parliament (Kenya)
  • Assistant Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Founder, Green Belt Movement
  • Recipient, Right Livelihood Award, Global 500 Roll of Honor, Goldman Prize, Edinburgh Medal, Africa Prize, Sophie Prize, Legion d’Honneur.

Mr. Karl Erik Olsson

  • Minister of Agriculture (Sweden)
  • Member of Parliament (Sweden)
  • Member, European Parliament
  • Farmer



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