Doug Bereuter

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture Program

Areas of expertise: Global Food & Agriculture


Doug Bereuter is a distinguished fellow of global food and agriculture at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For four years, he cochaired the Council's Global Food and Agriculture Program.

Bereuter is the president emeritus of the Asia Foundation, a nongovernmental development organization, which he led for more than six years following his service as a member of the US House of Representatives for 26 years. During his congressional career, he was a leading member of the House International Relations Committee, where he served as vice chairman for six years, chaired the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee and later the Europe Subcommittee, had long tenures on its subcommittees on Economic Policy & Trade and Human Rights, and was president of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He also served on the House Financial Services Committee for 23 years and on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, retiring as its vice chairman. Mr. Bereuter graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska and has two Masters degrees from Harvard University in both city planning and public administration. He served as an infantry and intelligence officer in the US Army, practiced and taught graduate courses in urban and regional planning, led various agencies and programs in Nebraska State Government, and served one four-year term as a Nebraska state senator. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, the State Department's International Security Advisory Board, board chairman of the Arbor Day Foundation, and the treasurer of the Nebraska Community Foundation.

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