Susan H. Bragdon


Susan H. Bragdon is an associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development's SDG Knowledge group.

An international lawyer, natural resource ecologist and U.S. patent agent, Susan has more than 25 years of experience working with governments, United Nations agencies and multilateral institutions and donor organizations on policy related to sustainable food systems, biological diversity, small-scale farmers and agroecology. Her areas of expertise include governance, public international law and intergovernmental processes, intellectual property and trade rules, and human rights law (in particular farmers’ rights, rights of Indigenous and local communities, gender equality, and food and nutrition security-based rights).

Susan served as Legal Advisor to the Convention on Biological Diversity and legal advisor to Working Group II of the negotiating body to the treaty. She was the first attorney hired within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) at a senior level to develop and implement policy strategy on plant genetic diversity and food security and to leverage its role through critical partnerships. She also developed and lead the Food and Sustainability Programme at the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva.

Susan is currently Director of Seeds for All, an organization with a mission to support and expand agroecology and regenerative agriculture by amplifying the voices and participation of small-scale farmers and by building democratic, participatory and inclusive governance at all levels.

Additional information

Areas of expertise
Food and Agriculture
Governance and Multilateral Agreements
Food Security
Indigenous Rights
Intellectual Property
Intergovernmental Processes
Small-Scale Farming
Sustainable Food Systems
Staff type
Bachelors, Williams College
Masters of Science in Resource Ecology, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
Juris Doctorate, University of Michigan Law School
Languages spoken