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born 1957

Growing up in the west side of Chicago, Ertharin Cousin was no stranger to poverty. Today, the inner-city kid is on a bold mission ~ to make hunger a thing of the past. As the head of the world's largest humanitarian organization, The United Nation's World Food Programme, Ertharin is in a prime position to make her "audacious" vision a reality. 

Finding innovative ways to go good has defined Ertharin's impressive career. She has worked on philanthropic agendas for national grocery chains, managed the US's largest hunger-relief nonprofit and served as ambassador + civil servant for the Clinton + Obama administrations. Now, the executive director's decades of experience are feeding the world and building healthy, resilient food systems.

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her quotes

all quotes by Ertharin Cousin (10)

"We can no longer divide development from humanitarian action."

Principles and Practice for Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition | january 2013

"Better risk management and strengthened resilience are as central to the development agenda as they are to humanitarian action."

Principles and Practice for Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition | january 2013

"Too often, we are focused on meeting crisis needs but not on building resilience."

UN News Centre | may 2013

"If we really are to resolve the issue of food insecurity, it’s not just about feeding stomachs."

Ertharin Cousin on Becoming Fit for Purpose | june 2013

"Let us proudly be the crazy ones, the ambitious ones, the ones who see beyond the limits of today, who capture the opportunities, who find the resources that will build a better tomorrow, not for ourselves, but for those depending upon us to get it right."

Closing Remarks to the WFP Executive Board | november 2013

"Let us proudly be the crazy ones, the ambitious ones, the ones who see beyond the limits of today."

Closing Remarks to the WFP Executive Board | november 2013

"Delivering gender-fair assistance is not an optional extra. It is a requirement if we are to protect and provide effective, sustainable support for the people we serve and if we are to demonstrate effective and more durable outcomes to the people who fund us."

Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference | march 2014

"Don’t ever take a seven-year-old with you to a campaign dinner – they will embarrass you no end."

The woman who feeds the world | march 2014

"If we are to end famine, the first requirement is, of course, peace."

Exclusive interview of Ertharin Cousin, World Food Programme | october 2014

"You should not do this work if you're not audacious."

Most Creative People in Business | may 2015
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curated with care by Alicia Williamson {august 2015}