Dr Alan Fowler "has 25 years experience of civil society organisations worldwide. He has worked as manager, adviser, researcher, writer and donor and has made specific contributions to NGO development through his books, publications and conference presentations. In 1992, he co-founded the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) in Oxford, England as a resource to enhance NGO capabilities." 
"Professor Alan Fowler holds a DPhil in development studies from the University of Sussex, England. He has published extensively on civil society, non-governmental organisations and the international aid system. In addition to numerous consultancy assignments with international and national development organisations in Africa, Asia, North America and Europe, he has been a Visiting Fellow at the World Bank in Washington, DC, and with the Society for Participatory Research in Asia.
"Professor Fowler is currently President of the International Society for Third Sector Research and a board member of CIVICUS, the Global Alliance for Citizen Participation. He is co-founder, in 1992, of the International NGO Training and Research Centre in Oxford, Great Britain."  (2003)
- Honorary Professor, Centre for Civil Society
- "Biography", CIVICUS, Accessed November 2006.