Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1971
International organizations, United Nations, leadership, humanitarian relief, agricultural development, education of girls, hunger and food security
PAI 759: Girls' Education
This seminar course will explore the benefits of girl's education, will discuss many of the obstacles to higher numbers of girls in school, and will review the current state of play in various countries.
PAI 764: United Nations Organizations – Managing for Change
This class will analyze processes for change in United Nations organizations, particularly within voluntarily funded UN organizations and in organizations funded by assessed contributions.
700-8: Food Security
This course explores the status of world food security, as well as long and
short term actions to decrease hunger.
765: Humanitarian Action – Challenges, Responses, Results
This course examines major humanitarian challenges worldwide since 1992, including disasters caused by nature and by man, conflicts and major economic stress.
753: Executive Leadership
The goal of this course is for students to cultivate their own leadership
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
in Cortland displays part of her collection of "Women at Work Around the
World.” Bertini plays clarinet in Cortland Old Timers Band.