Past Event

Signature Speakers Series: Ambassador Ertharin Cousin

April 18, 2023
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY 10027 Garden Room 2

Please join us for the final Climate School Signature Speaker Series event of the spring semester, featuring:

Ertharin Cousin: Founder and CEO Food Systems for the Future. Former US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture

Topic: “Food Systems Transformation- Why We Are All Responsible”

Ertharin Cousin currently 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 as a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University, Center on Food Security and Environment. From 2012 until 2017, Cousin led the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). As Executive Director, Cousin guided the 14,000-member WFP team feeding more than 80 million people each year; while, she identified and championed longer-term, more sustainable solutions for global food insecurity and hunger. 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. Cousin is currently a member of the Bayer AG Supervisory Board, the Mondelez International Board of Directors, the Royal DSM Sustainability Board, and a Trustee of the African agriculture thinktank Academia2063. 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 NonFinancial Executives. She has been listed numerous times on the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women List, as the Fortune Most Powerful Woman in Food and Drink, on Time’s 100 Most Influential People list, and as one of the 500 Most Powerful People on the Planet by Foreign Policy magazine.

4pm-5pm Program
5pm-6pm Reception

In-Person Event For CUID Holders Only (Please register with your Columbia UNI.)

The public is invited to join us virtually- Please Register Here.

Contact Information

Omar J. Herrera