Catherine Bertini


Catherine Bertini born Syracuse, NY March 30, 1950. First woman to lead a UN agency as head of World Food Program, 1992-2002; noted for response to famines in North Korea and the Horn of Africa. Undersecretary of UN Office for Management, 2002.


“We must help keep people alive, and we don't have the luxury of deciding whether or not we like what the government is doing.” (Lehrer Newshour, Jun. 9 2000)

“Men wage war—women and children suffer the consequences.” (speech to Red Cross, Nov. 1, 1999; photo Wikipedia)