International Advisory Panel

International Advisory Panel standing in front of Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
The current members of the IAP after an inspection of Svalbard Global Seed Vault at their last meeting in February 2020.

Every other year, the International Advisory Panel (IAP) to Svalbard Global Seed Vault is gathered for a meeting. The panel members represent genebanks, plant breeders, state officials and others in the field of plant genetic resources.

The IAP’s mission is to provide advice and recommendations regarding the operations of the Seed Vault to the three partner organizations; NordGen, Crop Trust and the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. They also provide transparency for depositors and others interested in the Seed Vault.

The members of the IAP are appointed for one year at a time. The last meeting was arranged in Svalbard in February 2020. 

Members of IAP at the last meeting:

NordGen Personel 1

Yasmina El Bahloul

Morocco

Chair

NordGen Personel 2

Ahmed Amri

ICARDA

Member

NordGen Personel 3

Rosa Lia Barbieri

EMBRAPA

Member

NordGen Personel 4

Külli Annama

ESTONIAN CROP RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Member

NordGen Personel 5

Juan Lucas Restrepo

ALLIANCE BIOVERISTY AND CIAT

Member

NordGen Personel 6

Godfrey Mwila

ZAMBIA

Member

NordGen Personel 7

Kristin Børresen

GRAMINOR

Member

NordGen Personel 8

Stefan Schmitz

CROP TRUST

Observer

NordGen Personel 9

Grethe Helene Evjen

NORWEGIAN MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD

Observer

NordGen Personel 10

Lise Lykke Steffesen

NordGen

Secretary