Deputy Director, Plantum
Ms. Anke van den Hurk is currently the Deputy Director, Plantum NL, The Dutch association for breeding, tissue culture, production and trade of seeds and young plants. She is part of the core management team of Plantum and is particularly responsible for the international activities of the association. Furthermore, she is responsible for the vegetable seed department of Plantum, international corporate social responsibility and the biodiversity dossier, in particular the debate on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS).
She represents the seed sector in the international meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for food and Agriculture (IT PGRFA) and is actively involved in the implementation of the international agreements in Europe and other countries.
Within the seed sector, she is leading various committees related to these issues, such as the Sustainable Agriculture Committee of the International Seed Federation (ISF), the Working Group Biodiversity of the European Seed Association (ESA) and the international Taskforce on ABS of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). She has served on the Executive Committee of APSA (2010-2016) and has been an important member of the IPR & BD, as well as Trade & Marketing Standing Committees.
With an MSc in Plant Breeding, Ms. Anke, before joining Plantum about 16 years ago, was working as a breeder in vegetables for Nunhems Seeds; as Research Fellow on biodiversity conservation in Italy and Colombia at Bioversity, and as a teacher at an agricultural university in Mekele, Ethiopia.