M. Ann Tutwiler is the Director General of Bioversity International, a global research-for-development organization focused on using and safeguarding agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security.
Ms Tutwiler 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 Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Geneva, and served as FAO Deputy Director General for Knowledge. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Hewlett Foundation and a multinational agribusiness firm. In 2002, she co-founded a global think tank in agricultural trade policy. She holds a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College.