Program Advisory Council

The Micronutrient Forum’s Program Advisory Council consists of distinguished researchers, policy makers, senior program managers, business leaders, and other leading professionals experienced in the issues of micronutrient nutrition from across academia,  multilateral agencies, national governmental agencies, research institutes, non-governmental organizations and business.

The Program Advisory Council provides guidance to the Board of Directors on scientific, technical, and program implementation issues.  The Council generates findings and makes recommendations to the President and the Forum’s staff members to support decision-making about scientific, technical, and program-related priorities of the Micronutrient Forum.

Kenneth Brown, M.D. – Chair of Advisory Council

Emeritus Distinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition and Institute for Global Nutrition, University of California, Davis

Saskia Osendarp, Ph.D. – Co-Chair of Advisory Council

Executive Director, Micronutrient Forum

Lindsay Allen, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Scientist, USDA, ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center, University of California Davis

Maria Anderson, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, University Children’s Hospital Zurich and Lecturer, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

Kevin Cashman, Ph.D., R.P.H.Nutr.

Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland

Jennifer Coates, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Affiliated Faculty member Tufts Institute for the Environment.

Namukolo Covic, Ph.D.

Director General’s Representative to Ethiopia for the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Rafael Flores-Ayala, Dr.P.H.

Chief of the Nutrition Branch in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, U.S. Centers for Disease Control

Nemat Hajeebhoy

Chief of Nutrition, UNICEF Nigeria

Maria Elena Jefferds, Ph.D.

Lead Epidemiologist and Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Nancy Krebs, M.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, Head of the Section of Nutrition in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Mduduzi Mbuya, Ph.D.

Senior Manager, Knowledge Leadership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Helene McNulty, Ph.D.

Director of the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE), Ulster University, Northern Ireland

Sophie Moore, Ph.D.

Leader in Global Women & Children’s Health, Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London

Sant-Rayn Pasricha, M.B.B.S., MPH, Ph.D., F.R.A.C.P., F.R.C.P.A.

Division Head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and consultant physician at the Royal Melbourne Hospital

Christine M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Chief of the Nutritional Biomarkers Branch, CDC, USA

Matin Qaim, Ph.D.

Director at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn

Daniel J. Raiten, Ph.D.

Senior Nutrition Scientist
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Nutrition Research

Marie T. Ruel, Ph.D.

Senior Research Fellow in the Nutrition, Diet and Health (NDH) Unit, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jose M. Saavedra, M.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Meera Shekar, Ph.D.

Global Lead for nutrition with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, Ph.D.

Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health at WorldFish, a One CGIAR entity

Larry Umunna

Regional Director West Africa, TechnoServe

Dominique Van Der Straeten, Ph.D.

Senior Professor at Ghent University, and Research Director of the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology

Keith P. West, Jr., Dr.P.H., R.D.

Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University

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