James T. Morris served as the tenth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme from April 2002 to April 2007. An American citizen, he earned his BA in Political Science from Indiana University and an MBA from Butler University. In 2003, he successfully guided WFP in carrying out the largest humanitarian operation in history, feeding 26 million Iraqis. Prior to leading WFP, Mr. Morris combined a distinguished career of business, philanthropic and humanitarian leadership with a personal life of public service.
After serving six years in city government in Indianapolis, Indiana , primarily as Chief of Staff for mayor Richard Lugar, Mr Morris moved to the Lilly Endowment, Inc. in 1973. He began as Director of Community Development for the Endowment, one of the world’s largest charitable foundations.