Cary Fowler served as the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust from 2005 to 2012. He was one of the creators of Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Fowler is also author of Shattering: Food, Politics and the Loss of Genetic Diversity and Unnatural Selection: Technology, Politics and Plant Evolution. He is the recipient of several awards: the Right Livelihood Award, the Vavilov Medal, the Heinz Award, the William Brown Award of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Citizen Leadership, and three honorary doctorates. He is one of two foreign elected members of the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.