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Ertharin Cousin

Food Chain Advisory Board Member

Ertharin Cousin is a member of the Paine Schwartz Partners Food Chain Advisory Board.

Ms. Cousin served as Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) from 2012 to 2017, guiding the 14,000- member WFP team feeding more than 80 million people each year. In 2009, Cousin was nominated and confirmed as the US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome. Prior to her global hunger work, Cousin helped lead the U.S. domestic fight to end hunger including service as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of America’s Second Harvest – now Feeding America.

Currently, Ms. Cousin serves as the CEO and Managing Director of Food Systems for the Future, a nutrition impact investment fund; a Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; a Bosch Academy, Robert Weizsäcker Fellow; and a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University, Center on Food Security and Environment. Ms. Cousin is also a member of the Bayer AG Supervisory Board, the Mondelez International Board of Directors, and a Trustee of the African agriculture thinktank Academia2063.

Ms. Cousin is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of Georgia Law School and the University of Chicago Executive Management Program-Finance for Non-Financial Executives. She was raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Note: Ertharin Cousin is not an employee or agent of Paine Schwartz Partners.