Chicago Council Expert Receives Prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship

January 8, 2018

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs today announced that Distinguished Fellow Catherine Bertini has been selected as a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in the Foundation’s inaugural class. A $1.8 million fellowship grant will be managed by the Council. Bertini will craft a roadmap on innovative solutions for modern governance and the management of pressing international humanitarian and development issues.

“Catherine has long been instrumental to the Council’s ongoing efforts to advance innovative reforms and recommendations to foster global food security, particularly as looming famines and food-related crises spread across the world,” said Ambassador Ivo Daalder, president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. “Catherine is deeply passionate and exceptionally proficient at tackling intractable global problems and reforming institutions. She is a key and valued part of the Council’s global food and agriculture portfolio and an excellent selection by the Rockefeller Foundation.”

Through the course of the next 18 months, Bertini will lead independent research, global engagement and solution development to help streamline and improve the decision-making process and mission execution for a range of international programs focused on alleviating crisis and suffering around the world. Her fellowship work will directly advance the Rockefeller Foundation’s bold mission to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world.

An accomplished leader in international organization reform, Bertini has served as United Nations Under Secretary-General for Management, U.N. Security Coordinator and as Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (WFP), the world's largest international humanitarian agency. She was named the World Food Prize Laureate for her work at WFP. She served as a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and on the Hilton Foundation humanitarian prize jury. Bertini’s extensive experience spans academia, the private sector, major foundations, government and board roles in a variety of organizations. Bertini will continue serving as a Distinguished Fellow at the Council while conducting her Rockefeller Foundation fellowship.

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