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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 meeting at a time. The last meeting was arranged in Svalbard in October 2022. 

Members IAP 2022:

Yasmina El-Bahloul, Chair of the Governing Body to the ITPGRFA, INRA Morocco

Ana Maria Barata, Head of the Genebank, Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV), Portugal

Kristin Børresen, CEO Graminor, Norway

Axel Diederichson, Research Scientist and Curator at Plant Gene Resources Canada (PGRC), the Canadian national genebank for plant genetic resources

Lavern Gueco, University Researcher at University of the Philippines Los Baños, Institute of Plant Breeding College of Agriculture

Marie Noelle Ndjiondjop, Genebank manager, AfricaRice

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General of the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT