Korean Peninsula Affairs Center

Twenty Years of Food Aid History of WFP with DPRK 1991-2011

Lecture by Professor Catherine Bertini
November 29, 2011

 Catherine Bertini Lecture 

Following more than a decade of service to the United Nations, Catherine Bertini joined the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2005. She teaches graduate courses in Humanitarian Action, UN Management, Girl's Education, and Post- Conflict Reconstruction, drawing on the vast experience she gained during her years of leadership in public sector management, international organizations, humanitarian relief, nutrition policy, and agricultural development.

Professor Bertini's career spans public service at international, national, state, and local levels and includes private sector and foundation experience. She was the driving force behind reform of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she was the Chief Executive for ten years. During her tenure, WFP's institutional changes in the area of efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability were cited by the United States government and the thirty-six-government board of WFP as a model of UN reform. Ms. Bertini was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her leadership at WFP. Professor Bertini led WFP as it became the major organization involved in food aid in DPRK in response to large-scale food shortages, starting in 1995.