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Catherine Ann Bertini (born 1950) is an Americanmarker public servant. She has become perhaps best known for her work in highlighting the pivotal role of women in food distribution, pioneering the use of food aid to empower women and girls, and ensuring that women are represented fully at all levels throughout World Food Programme (WPF).

Bertini earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University at Albany, SUNYmarker in 1971. She has served in several public service positions including United Nations Under Secretary General in Management and Executive Director of World Food Programme. She is the winner of World Food Prize in 2003 and The Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy.

She is currently a professor of public administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse Universitymarker and a senior fellow in agricultural development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Selected Past Board Service

  • United Nations, Chief Executives’ Board Member and Chair, Management Committee, NY
  • United Nations International School Board of Trustees, Chair, NY
  • Henri Dunant Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Board Member, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Commodity Credit Corporation, Presidential Appointee, Washington D.C.
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Board Member, Chicago, Il
  • Illinois State Scholarship Commission, Member, Deerfield, Il


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