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Episode 20: Conversation - Catherine Bertini on Leading Transformational Change in International Organizations

Episode 20: Conversation - Catherine Bertini on Leading Transformational Change in International Organizations

February 21, 2020

What is transformational change, and when might it be needed in an organisation? This episode brings to you a conversation on leadership and change, particularly on the role of transformational change in international organisations. Our guest is Catherine Bertini, who served as the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for 10 years from 1992 to 2002, among other roles in government, the private sector and academia. She was, at the time of her appointment, the third woman to have led a UN agency. Shortly after leaving WFP, she was awarded the World Food Prize in 2003 for the change she led in the organization.  

Today, she is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, and in this role published a recent report called Leading Change in UN Organizations. She sits down with our Director Francesco Pisano, to speak about the key issues in the report, transformational change and the current state of affairs in global governance, as well as what she’s learned about women in leadership, and the role of youth in leading change at the international level.   

For more information about Catherine Bertini’s work, head to her websitewww.catherinebertini.com/. Her report, Leading Change in UN Organizations, is available herehttps://bit.ly/2T10ffW.  

Catherine Bertini also led a leadership discussion at the Knowledge & Learning Commons at UN Geneva. Find out more and links to other UN resources on leadership and change here: https://bit.ly/2PeAlUR.   

For even more learning, you can find Library’s Research Guides on Women & Global Diplomacy: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/womendiplomacy and Multilateralism: https://libraryresources.unog.ch/multilateralism online.  

Content:

Speakers: Catherine Bertini & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: UN Library and Archives Geneva.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library and Archives Geneva.

Episode 19: Book Talk - Alan Doss on A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

Episode 19: Book Talk - Alan Doss on A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars

February 7, 2020

In this episode of The Next Page, the podcast of the UN Library & Archives Geneva, we welcome Alan Doss, author of the newly published book, A Peacekeeper in Africa: Learning from UN Interventions in Other People’s Wars (a project of the International Peace Institute and published by Lynne Rienner Press).  

Alan Doss served as special representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia, and head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the DRC, among other posts. He now serves as president of the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva.  

In this Book Talk episode, Alan Doss sits down with the Director of the UN Library Geneva, Francesco Pisano, to share about his book, which looks at his decade in four peacekeeping operations in Africa. He also shares his insights from many years serving with the UN in peace operations, from the role of peacekeeping and how it has changed over the decades, what he’s learned about leadership in complex environments, and what he sees for the future of UN peace operations. He also shares some personal reflections on former UN Secretary-General the late Kofi Annan, and the legacies he left not only as a leader but as a person.  

For more information about Alan Doss and his work, visit herehttps://www.kofiannanfoundation.org/member/alan-doss/  or find him on Twitterhttps://twitter.com/AlanCDoss 

To learn more about his book A Peacekeeper in Africa, head to Lynne Rienner Publishers: https://www.rienner.com/title/A_Peacekeeper_in_Africa_Learning_from_UN_Interventions_in_Other_People_s_Wars 

Content:

Speakers: Alan Doss & Francesco Pisano.

Host: Natalie Alexander.

Editor and Sound Editor: Natalie Alexander.

Image: Kofi Annan Foundation.

Recorded & produced at the UN Library Geneva.

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