Member of the Advisory Council
Patrick Worms, a molecular geneticist, represents the world’s premier research institution devoted to the study of the roles of trees in agricultural landscapes to policy makers in Brussels and elsewhere in Europe. The World Agroforestry Centre, active since the 1970s, has reported on the astonishing benefits of multicrop agriculture involving trees in thousands of peer-reviewed publications. Headquartered in Nairobi and active across the tropics, the Centre is best known for its work in Africa’s drylands, where agroforestry is leading to a revolution in farming productivity. Patrick is also a non-voting member of the Executive Committee of EURAF, the European Agroforestry Federation; a member of the Steering Committee of Inteernational Land Lives Peace, which works at the interface between land degration and conflicts; a Trustee of AFS Magyarország Nemzetközi Csereprogram Alapítvány, which runs intercultural exchanges; a Trustee of ALAAP International, which fights against religious extremism in Pakistan; and a member of several advisory boards.
Patrick has been active at the science-policy interface since the late 1980s, with a start teaching biology in Pakistan’s Hindu Kush. As a young European official, he pioneered a new way of using communications to deal with the environmental legacy of Communism across the former Soviet Union before leaving for the private sector and engaging with the disastrous environmental legacy of China’s Great Leap forward.
Later, he helped commercialise ESA’s assets on the International Space Station and consulted for a range of international organisations and Fortune 500 companies. In 2007-2009, he led Georgia’s external and internal communications regarding NATO and the tensions with Russia in the conflict areas. Patrick managed Georgia’s external communications during and following the Russian invasion of the country, operating from Tbilisi from the start of the war.
Patrick received bachelors and masters degrees from Cambridge University. A French-speaking German citizen, he is the happily married father of four children.
A voracious reader, Patrick enjoys entertaining guests with his cooking, cycling, and spending quiet evenings sitting around a fire inside his Cherokee Sioux tipi.