The World Food Prize Foundation

Council of Advisors

Margaret Catley-Carlson

President, Canadian International Development Agency (Retired)

Ms. Margaret Catley-Carlson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. She received her B.A. from the University of British Colombia. She has worked in numerous positions throughout her career including: Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF in New York; President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); President of the Population Council in New York; and Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Welfare of Canada. 

Ms. Catley-Carlson is currently Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Water, the Board of the Crop Diversity Trust and the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment. She is a patron of the Global Water Partnership, a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board, a member of the Rosenburg Forum, and serves on the boards of the International Center for Water Resource Management, the IFDC (Fertilizer Management) and the International Institute for Environment and Development.

In 2002, Ms. Catley-Carlson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her outstanding work in public service. She has also received honorary degrees from 10 universities. 

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