Chief, Multi-Lateral Programs Division of the Center for Economic Growth and Agricultural Development
USAID, Washington DC, USA
|Rob's valuable contribution to the Board comes from many years of working on multilateral development programs all over the world.|
Rob Bertram leads the International Research and Biotechnology Team at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He manages US funding for the CGIAR system, and he is responsible for USAIDs agricultural biotechnology initiative, which spans science (technology development) and policy (biosafety and intellectual property).
Rob has been with USAID for more than 20 years, and comes from a plant breeding and genetics background, with degrees from UC Davis, the University of Minnesota and the University of Maryland. His doctoral work focussed on molecular techniques in assessing plant genetic resources and evolution in the genus which includes cassava. His work includes building stronger research ties between the US research community (especially universities and USDA) and the international centers, and research partners in Europe and Japan. He has been active for many years in plant genetic resources policy, having served on the CGIAR Genetic Resources Policy Committee and as a technical advisor during the negotiation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. He chaired the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture from 2002 to 2004.