Supervisory Board Member

Ertharin Cousin

Ertharin Cousin

Member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG since October 2019, elected until 2024

Independent Consultant




Memberships in comparable supervising bodies of German or foreign corporations:

  • Camelot North America (Board of Directors)
  • Mondelez International, Inc. (Board of Directors)**


** listed company

Curriculum Vitae

May 12, 1957 born in Chicago, USA
1979 BA Criminal Justice and Political Science, University of Illinois, USA
1982  Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Georgia School of Law, USA
1994–1997 United States Department of State, White House Liaison, Special Advisor to Secretary for 2016 Olympics, Washington D.C., USA
1997–2002 Albertsons LLC, Senior Vice President, Boise, USA
Jewel Food Stores, Vice President Government and Community Affairs, Chicago USA
2003–2006 Feeding America (formerly America’s Second Harvest), Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Chicago, USA
2006–2009 The Polk Street Group LLC, Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago, USA
2009–2017 United States Department of State, U.S. Ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies, Rome, Italy
2012–2017 United Nations World Food Program, Executive Director, Rome, Italy
since 2017 Stanford University, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Center on Food Security and Environment, Visiting Scholar (until 2019 Payne Distinguished Lecturer), Stanford, USA
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago, USA
since 2019 Food Systems for the Future, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago, USA