Patrick Cortbaoui

Patrick Cortbaoui
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Managing Director, Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security
Academic Associate, School of Human Nutrition

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  • PhD Bioresource Engineering (McGill, 2015)
  • MSc Bioresource Engineering (McGill, 2005)
  • BSc Agriculture Engineering and Food Science (USEK and McGill, 2003)

Short Bio

Renowned leader sought-after for ability to provide expert and strategic counsel and deliver bespoke advisory solutions to global food systems challenges. With significant field experience enabling an understanding of the nuance and intricacies of international development programs. Broad history of operational excellence and implementing innovative, scalable solutions. Embodies leadership by supervision and mentoring of others and through ambassadorship and role-modeling.

Dr. Cortbaoui is an agricultural engineer, food security consultant and project manager with over 15 years track record in providing solutions to alleviate food insecurity in different regions of the world including North America, Latin America & the Caribbean, Africa, Middle East and Asia. This is done through the establishment and implementation of pre-/post-production technologies and sustainable food system strategies and programs that meet the requirements of the producer, the retailer and the consumer while improving resource-use efficiency along agri-food value chains. He has wide expertise in management encompassing Research-for Development, Partnership Building and Resource Mobilization, Strategic and Operational Planning, Communication and Outreach Management, and Team Mentoring and Training. He currently serves as the Managing Director at the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security of McGill University, strengthening the Institute’s role and partnership between academia, the private sector, governments and NGOs. In this capacity, he oversees all operations, functions and activities of the Institute. He is responsible for giving the proper strategic direction and implementing a high-quality vision. Dr. Cortbaoui received his PhD. in Bioresouce Engineering from McGill University. His interest was to develop and validate engineering solutions to reducing post-harvest losses of fresh fruits and vegetables thereby increasing food availability without compromising the environment.

Active Affiliations

  • FAO Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition – FSN (2017-)
  • ActImpact Foundation Canada – Advisory Board Member (2017-)
  • Order of the Engineer (USA) - OE (2015-)
  • Order of Engineers of Lebanon – OEL (2009-)
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia – UN-ESCWA (2012-)

Research Interests

Dr Cortbaoui's research interest is in the development and validation of applied engineering solutions to reduce post-harvest losses and waste of food commodities thereby increasing food availability without compromising the environment. He is interested in providing solutions to alleviate Global Food Insecurity and contributing to “a world free of hunger” through sustainable Food Management Strategies and Programs.


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