Cary Fowler is the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a group in Rome that helps run the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a bunker...
Cary Fowler is the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, a group in Rome that helps run the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a bunker in the Arctic in Norway that contains hundreds of thousands of varieties, providing a sort of insurance policy against an agricultural Armageddon.
Dr. Fowler was born Morgan Carrington Fowler Jr.
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.