Susan H. Bragdon is an international lawyer, natural resource ecologist and U.S. patent agent with 25+ years of experience working with governments, United Nations agencies and multilateral institutions and donor organizations on policy and science related to sustainable food systems, biological diversity, small-scale farmers, and agroecology. Areas of expertise include governance, public international law and intergovernmental processes, intellectual property and trade rules, human rights law (in particular Farmers’ Rights, rights of Indigenous and local communities, gender equality, and food and nutrition security-based rights) and management of agricultural biodiversity.
Susan served as Legal Advisor to the Convention on Biological Diversity. First attorney-senior scientist hired within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) at senior level to develop and implement policy strategy on plant genetic diversity and food security and to leverage its role through critical partnerships. Developed and led the Food and Sustainability Programme at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva. In addition to working Policy Advisor to Oxfam Novib’s Sowing Diversity=Harvesting Sustainability Program, Susan also serves as Director of Seeds for All, a non-profit organization with a mission to support and expand agroecology by amplifying the voices and participation of small-scale farmers and building democratic, participatory and inclusive governance at all levels.