Catherine Bertini

Cathy Bertini

Executive Director of the World Food Programme

In office
April 1992 – April 2002

Secretary General
Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Kofi Annan

Preceded by
James Ingram

Succeeded by
James Morris

Personal details

(1950-03-31) March 31, 1950 (age 66)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.

Political party

State University of New York, Albany (BA)

Catherine “Cathy” Bertini is a leader in international organization management, girls education, humanitarian action, agricultural development, and the role of gender in poverty reduction. She is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. She was the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program from 1992 to 2002. Currently, she is Vice Chair of the Public Administration and International Affairs department at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University.[1] She is distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.[2]


1 Public policy career

1.1 Executive Director of the World Food Program, United Nations
1.2 Under-Secretary General For Management, United Nations
1.3 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
1.4 The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
1.5 Board for International Food and Agricultural Development
1.6 Accountability Review Board
1.7 State government

2 Academic career

2.1 Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

3 Private sector career
4 Associations
5 Recent awards
6 Background and education
7 Professional affiliations
8 Honorary degrees
9 Selected past board service
10 References
11 External links

Public policy career[edit]
During the George H.W. Bush administration, Catherine Bertini served as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Family Support Administration in the United States Department of Health and Human Services, and as Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Food and Consumer Services at the United States Department of Agriculture. Her portfolio included then $33 billion domestic food assistance programs, strategy on nutrition and consumer affairs, and her team developed the first Food Guide Pyramid to promote healthy diets. She also led the interagency efforts to replace food coupons and welfare checks with electronic benefit cards, and through the administration’s Farm Bill proposals, worked with Congress to change the law to allow states to implement electronic benefit transfer (EBT). By 2004, all states had converted to electronic benefit transfer program. Additionally, B