Nature versus food production
by Ann Tutwiler
Ann Tutwiler is the Director General of Bioversity International, an international research for development organisation that is a member of the CGIAR Consortium. As the Director General, Tutwiler is responsible for leading Bioversity International, forging effective research partnerships and overseeing the organisation’s strategic priorities and research agenda.
Ann has almost 30 years of experience in agricultural policy and development working in the public and private sectors. She was formerly the Special Representative of the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) in Geneva. She served as Deputy Director General, Knowledge, at FAO from January 2011 through November 2012, where she coordinated the development of cohesive Rome food agency positions on Rio+20.
From June 2009 to January 2011, Ann worked for the Secretary for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), leading and coordinating USDA’s participation in the President’s ‘Feed the Future’ initiative and developing USDA’s international research strategy. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor of International Affairs for the US Agency for International Development. She created and managed the agricultural markets programme at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2006 to 2009. Tutwiler was Government Relations Director for a multinational agribusiness firm for ten years and co-founded a global think tank in agricultural trade policy.