Bioversity International: research for development in agricultural and tree biodiversity

Honorary Council

Bioversity International has brought together an Honorary Council, comprising a distinguished and highly influential group of individuals who act as advocates and ambassadors for the organization. The role is voluntary in nature, and this important group comprises individuals who share the same interests and ideals, and who are genuinely interested in the issues we seek to address.
In this new initiative, we are honoured to welcome the following Honorary Council members:

Ismail Serageldin

Director of the Library of Alexandria, Chairman of the Executive Council of the World Digital Library,  Ambassador of the Alliance of Civilizations and Former Chairman of the CGIAR from 1994 to 2000. Serageldin has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development and for Special Programs.

M. S. Swaminathan

An Indian geneticist, international administrator and author, known for his leading role in India’s Green Revolution, having developed high-yield, cross-bred wheat seed. He chaired the UN World Food Congress in Rome in 1974 and was awarded the World Food Prize in Washington in 1987. He established the M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in 1988 to develop and follow a pro-nature, pro-poor, pro-women and pro-sustainable on-farm and non-farm livelihoods through ecotechnology and knowledge empowerment.