Josette Sheeran became the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme in April 2007. Ms. Sheeran steered the organisation through the “perfect storm” of high food and fuel prices and the global financial crisis.
In addition to her WFP leadership, Ms. Sheeran was the Chair of the United Nations (UN) High-Level Committee on Management. She was also a member of the UN Development Group and the UN High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis. An active participant in the World Economic Forum (WEF), she served as Chair of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security.
Before WFP, Ms. Sheeran was appointed to the UN High-Level UN Panel on System-wide Coherence in Development, Humanitarian Assistance and the Environment. As a member of the Panel, Ms. Sheeran conducted hundreds of interviews with development and humanitarian experts, NGOs and national leaders around the world, leading to ground-breaking recommendations for a more effective and efficient United Nations, such as creating a coherent platform for financial management, which WFP was the first to implement with IPSAS.
She previously served as Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs at the United States Department of State and as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
She earned her BA from the University of Colorado in 1976.