Bertini to give graduate convocation address

Bertini, CatherineCatherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, will deliver the Maxwell School’s graduate convocation address on May 13 in Setnor Auditorium on the Syracuse University campus.  

Bertini has had a long, distinguished career as a leader in international organization management and reform; humanitarian relief; and nutrition policy. She served for two years as a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (2007-2009), and prior to that  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).

In 2003, Bertini was named the World Food Prize Laureate. She was decorated by the Republic of Italy with its Order of Merit, and the Republic of Ireland has honored her with its Certificate of Irish Heritage. She has 12 honorary doctorates from universities in four countries. In 2016 she was named an inaugural member of the Cortland County Hall of Fame.

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 member of the board of the Stuart Family Foundation, and on the board of trustees of the Cortland Regional Medical Center. In 2012, she served as a member of the Accountability Review Board on Benghazi.

The convocation on Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in Setnor Auditorium in Crouse College is open to all members of the Syracuse University community. A reception will follow immediately after in Maxwell Foyer. The event will also be available via live stream at

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