Profiles

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Senior Nutrition Adviser, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, UNICEF Headquarter, New York, NY, USA.

France has a Ph.D. in nutrition and more than 25 years of experience in international nutrition. She is Senior Nutrition Adviser for Infant & Young Child Nutrition at UNICEF Headquarter in New York and previously she was Regional Nutrition Advisor for the Asia Pacific region for five years. Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked for the Micronutrient Initiative in Ottawa and in the Africa office. She lived abroad in several countries including Chad, Guatemala, South Africa and Thailand. She has served on several technical advisory committees and is author and co-author of several publications.
Senior Program Associate, Results for Development Institute, Washington DC, USA.

Mary is a Senior Program Associate at the Results for Development Institute (R4D), where she works on projects within the health portfolio, specializing in expenditure tracking and costing of nutrition programs in high burden countries. At R4D, Mary is leading the technical analysis to assess the financing needs to achieve the World Health Assembly targets for nutrition. Prior to joining R4D, Mary worked at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute where her research focused on access to primary healthcare in Ethiopia, specifically on the use of health extension workers for health promotion, disease prevention, and service delivery. Mary has extensive field and research experience on nutrition and food security, including an internship at the BRAC School of Public Health in Bangladesh, and her own primary research on infant and young child feeding practices in Mumbai, India. She has lived and worked in Bangladesh, India, and Ethiopia.  Mary holds a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, and a Masters of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health from the Yale School of Public Health.
Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, University of South Carolina 

Edward has contributed to the science of child malnutrition and survival, infant and young child feeding and growth, assessment of household and child food insecurity, detrimental effects of food insecurity on children, and advancement of nutrition policy in poor countries.  He founded and directed the Cornell University Office of Statistical Consulting for 23 years, and has extensive experience in the design and analysis of evaluation and longitudinal studies.  He has designed with others several large studies including the World Health Organization Multicentre Growth Reference Study, the Maternal and Infant Nutrition Interventions in Matlab study of food and multiple micronutrient supplementation in Bangladesh, and the Healthy Communities Study of policies and programs to prevent child obesity in the United States.  He currently is a collaborator on the evaluation of Alive & Thrive and the design and evaluation of Agricultural Intervention for Food Security and HIV Health Outcomes in Kenya.
Behavioral Scientist, IMMP, International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Team, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maria Elena is a behavioral scientist with the International Micronutrient Malnutrition Prevention and Control (IMMPaCt) Team in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  She has expertise in surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of micronutrient programs and leads the design and implementation of national micronutrient surveys and nutrition surveillance systems.  Dr. Jefferds has extensive experience advising on the design and implementation of micronutrient powder (MNP) programs, and has led multiple initiatives to develop country capacity to design and implement programs through CDC collaborations with partners. 
Senior Research Fellow, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, India

Purnima is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at IFPRI’s South Asia office in New Delhi, India. She conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region, with a focus on programs and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition. She has worked on issues of infant and young child feeding for close to two decades, using research methods such as empirical analyses of large data sets, ethnographic research and program evaluation to understand complementary feeding in different contexts and assess the impact of different strategies to improve complementary feeding.  Currently, she directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), an initiative to strengthen and mobilize evidence on delivering and scaling up direct nutrition interventions in India. She also led the external evaluation for Alive and Thrive, an initiative to improve infant and young child feeding and child nutrition in Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Ethiopia. Dr. Menon has a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Delhi. She is courtesy associate professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.
Professor in Paediatric Nutrition at Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen

Kim has established the research group: Paediatric and International Nutrition at the department, which at present consists of 16 scientific employees. The group has projects in Denmark, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya and Uganda, mainly on early nutrition. The focus of his research include: The effects of breastfeeding and complementary feeding on growth, development and risks of diseases later in life, both in high and low-income countries, early prevention of obesity, and prevention and treatment of MAM and SAM. Studies have included effects of nutrition on linear growth, body composition, microbiota, physical activity and cognitive development. He is advisor to the Danish Health Authority on IYCF and has been temporary advisor and consultant for WHO on several aspects of IYCF.
MPH, Technical Advisor, Helen Keller International

With a background in public health, Alissa has worked with Helen Keller International (HKI) since 2011, based in the Asia-Pacific Regional Office in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has worked on evaluation of HKI’s Enhanced Homestead Food Production (EHFP) program in Cambodia and Nepal, and for the past 3 years has coordinated the Assessment and Research on Child Feeding (ARCH) project in the region. The ARCH project seeks to build the empirical evidence base around the promotion of commercially produced foods consumed by infants and young children. ARCH aims to encourage the use of this information at the national, regional and global level for decision-making around appropriate marketing of fortified foods and home fortification products.  The ARCH project is being conducted in four countries globally: Cambodia, Nepal, Senegal and Tanzania. Alissa has previously worked on maternal and child health/nutrition programs and research in India, Nigeria, and the United States, and is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Senior Technical Director, Alive and Thrive Programme, Family Health International-360

Tina has a PhD in Human Nutrition. She studied Nutrition Planning at MIT and in Global Burden of Disease analysis at Harvard University. For over 30 years she provided program support and served as technical advisor in international nutrition, micronutrients, child survival and public health for programs located in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Starting as a field officer for CARE in India and Peru where she worked in community nutrition/health/water/education programs, she later worked as USAID’s principal technical officer for Maternal and Infant Nutrition in Washington. She led Alive & Thrive’s Bangladesh country program for 5 years and is now the global Technical Director at headquarters. Dr. Sanghvi has published several books and articles, and is the lead author of Nutrition Essentials - A Guide for Health Managers.
Director, Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Geneva, Switzerland.

Marti is a public health nutritionist, with a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. At GAIN, she is responsible for strategy development, program design and delivery of the MIYCN projects globally. Her careers spans 25 years of experience in maternal and child nutrition, both in public and private sector. Before joining GAIN in 2012, Marti worked 8 years at Unilever, where she was responsible for public-private partnerships amongst others with the UN World Food Programme. In 2012 and 2013, Marti served as the co-chair of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Business Network. She has also worked 6 years as senior nutrition advisor at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, and 5 years as a nutrition epidemiologist at INSERM, Paris, on the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC).