Catherine Bertini to chair the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)


Geneva, 6 February 2019 - 

"We are delighted that Catherine accepted the Board’s invitation", said GAIN Executive Director Lawrence Haddad, "malnutrition touches every country and Catherine has the global reach and experience to build on GAIN’s successes in its mission to improve diets by making nutritious and safe foods more available and affordable to the most vulnerable".

Catherine Bertini has a distinguished career in public and private sector organisations serving poor and hungry people in the United States and around the world. She has been appointed to senior positions by three UN Secretary General and five US Presidents. She was awarded the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate for her transformational leadership at the World Food Programme (WFP), which she led for ten years. Bertini is currently a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, as well as serving on the Boards of numerous foundations, academic institutions and companies.

Ms Catherine Bertini

Catherine Bertini, GAIN's New Chair of the Board. © GAIN

"I am thrilled to be joining the Board of GAIN. It is an important and impactful organisation which has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of people" said Ms Bertini "We all can benefit from the work of GAIN and its messages about nutrition. I hope I can support GAIN’s efforts to extend that messaging in many more countries throughout the world."

GAIN was set up at the UN Children’s Summit in 2002. In 2017, GAIN adopted a 5-year strategy focusing on improving diets by expanding the consumption of nutritious foods. It is headquartered in Geneva and has 14 offices worldwide. Ms Bertini succeeds Vinita Bali, who has completed her maximum term on the GAIN Board, the last three as Board Chair.

I am thrilled to be joining the Board of GAIN. It is an important and impactful organisation which has made a significant difference in the lives of millions of people.

Catherine Bertini, GAIN's Chair of the Board

"Catherine has a blend of experience in government and the private sector, and understanding and commitment to tackling the challenges of poverty, gender inequity and empowerment which are critical to GAIN’s mission", said Dr Haddad. "The GAIN staff feel privileged that she has agreed to be our Chair, and also join me in thanking Vinita for her exceptional service".

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