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Ertharin Cousin  

Executive Director World Food Programme

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on 5 April 2012.

Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.

As the leader of the world’s largest humanitarian organization with approximately 14,000 staff serving about 100 million beneficiaries in 75 countries across the world, she is an exceptional advocate for improving the lives of hungry people worldwide, and travels extensively to raise awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition.

In 2009, Cousin was nominated and confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and head of the U.S. Mission in Rome.

Previously, Cousin served as White House Liaison to the State Department, during which time she was appointed to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Feeding America.

A native of Chicago, Cousin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Georgia Law School.


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Ertharin Cousin | TIME

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Ertharin Cousin - Forbes

Cousin has fed 177 million people since taking the helm of world's largest hunger -fighting organization two years ago. Under Cousin's leadership WFP ...

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