Gender in Agriculture Partnership

Transforming agriculture to empower women and deliver food, nutrition and income security

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Prof. Catherine Bertini

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Catherine Bertini is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Ms. Bertini is also a senior fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For two years she was a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She previously served as United Nations Under Secretary-General for Management (2003-2005), as Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (1992-2002), and as Assistant Secretary for Food and Consumer Services at USDA (1989-92).

Ms. Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. She was awarded the Borlaug CAST Communication Award in 2011, the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition in 2007, and 12 honorary doctorates from universities in four countries. She was decorated by the Republic of Italy with its Order of Merit. The Republic of Ireland has honored her with its Certificate of Irish Heritage.

Ms. Bertini was appointed by President Bush and reappointed by President Obama to the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Tupperware Brands Corporation, a jury member of the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize, a member of the board of the Stuart Family Foundation, and on the Audit Advisory Committee of UN Women. In 2012, she served as a member of the Accountability Review Board on Benghazi.

With her $250,000 World Food Prize as a base, WFP/USA created the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls Education which supports initiatives in developing countries to educate girls and women. Currently, the Central New York Living History museum displays part of her collection of "Women at Work Around the World.” Bertini plays clarinet in Cortland Old Timers Band. 

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Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
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