1 December 2010, Rome - FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today announced the appointment of Ann Tutwiler, a citizen of the United States, as one of FAO's two Deputy Directors-General. Ann Tutwiler will be the first female to hold this position.
Ms Tutwiler will be Deputy Director-General for Knowledge. She comes to FAO from the United States Department of Agriculture, where she served since January 2010 as Coordinator of Global Food Security in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. She is expected to assume her duties at FAO in January 2011.
Ann Tutwiler previously served as Senior Advisor for the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development and prior to that, from 2006 to 2009, was the Managing Director for Agricultural Markets at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
She holds degrees in Agribusiness from Purdue University and Harvard Business School, a Masters from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College.
Ms Tutwiler replaces James G. Butler who held the position since January 2008.