Our Database of Women Leaders

This database aims to create visibility for Courageous Leadership Practices and those who aim to practice them in nutrition and food systems. It includes early, mid- & senior career professional women working towards a well-nourished world globally. The goal is to use the database as a way of connecting us and to serve as a resource for groups to identify appropriately qualified women working in this space to speak at conferences, as candidates for positions, or to serve on advisory groups/commissions. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND BE PART OF THE DATABASE.  

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First / Give Name
Last / Surname
Position
Affiliation
Career Stage
Areas of Expertise
Geographies of Experience
Link to Personal Bio/Website
Adetokunbo
Olayanju
Lecturer
Birmingham City Univeristy
Early Career
Food and Nutrition
United Kingdom
Alice
Ojwang
Lecturer / Researcher
The Technical University of Kenya
Mid Career
Clinical Nutrition. Obesity, preventions, interventions, health and economic consequences
Sub-Saharan Africa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alice-ojwang-phd-rdn-rde-24b8272a/
Alison
Feeley
Senior Scientific Officer
Office for Health Improvement and Disparities
Mid Career
Obesity and healthy weight, public health nutrition
South Africa, England
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alisonfeeley/
Amanda
Baker
Public Policy Analyst
Ministry of Social Development and Family - Elige Vivir Sano, Chile
Early Career
Global health, public policy analysis, international relations
United States of America
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-baker-31776430/
Amy
Carrad
Research Assistant
University of Wollongong
Early Career
Food system governance at the local level (local government and civil society)
Australia (New South Wales & Victoria)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/amycarrad/
Anna
Peeters
Director, Institute for Health Transformation
Deakin University, Australia
Senior Career
Health systems, obesity prevention, population nutrition policy, food systems transformation, healthy food retail, health equity
High Income Countries, Oceania - Australia
https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/anna-peeters?_ga=2.86283099.2116626548.1630823225-942792336.1615327771
Arezoo
Rezazadeh
Associate prof.
Community nutrition department, national nutrition and food technology institute, school of nutrition
Early Career
Nutritional epidemiology, life cycle nutrition , obesity
Iran
Benardate
Okiria Apio
Nutrition and Communication Specialist
IFDC Uganda
Early Career
Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Programming, Social Behaviour Change Communication
Uganda
Brenda
Shenute Namugumya
Food & Nutrition Security Advisor
Wageningen University & Research
Early Career
Stakeholder Collaboration, Multi-stakeholder partnerships, Policy analysis, Capacity development, Food system policy research
Sub-Saharan Africa, Uganda, South America, Netherlands
https://www.linkedin.com/in/brenda-shenute-namugumya-9ba6327b/
Brenda
Abu
Assistant Professor
Rochester Institute of Technology
Early Career
Maternal and Child Health, Program Development and Impact Assessments,
United Sates of America
https://www.rit.edu/directory/baaihst-brenda-abu
Camila
Corvalán
Director Center of Food Environment Research & Obesity Prevention (CIAPEC)
Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology (INTA) U of Chile
Mid Career
Food Environment Policies
-
https://inta.cl/camila-corvalan-aguilar/
Carmen
Torres Ledezma
Senior Advisor Food Systems
Netherlands Food Partnership
Senior Career
Food and nutrition security, Food systems, Food technology, Governance
Europe, Latin America, Africa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmen-torres-ledezma/
Catherine
Pereira-Kotze
PhD Candidate
University of the Western Cape School of Public Health
Mid Career
Protection, promotion and support of optimal infant and young child feeding
South Africa (and Africa and Asia)
Chanel, Relf
Relf
Food Systems & Evaluation Officer
City of Greater Bendigo
Early Career
Food & Nutrition Security, Food & Nutrition Policy, Food Environments
Australia
Christine
Chege
Scientist
Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
Mid Career
Food Systems-Food environment, consumer behavior, Nutrition; Agriculture and Nutrition nexus
Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal,) and Asia (Vietnam and Bangladesh)
https://www.linkedin.com/in/christine-g-kiria-chege-a884708/
Corinna
Hawkes
Director
Centre food Food Policy, City, University of London
Senior Career
Policies for healthy diets; food systems and nutrition; food policy
Global plus United Kingdom
https://www.thebetterfoodjourney.com
Deborah
Navarro-Rosenblatt
Advisor in epidemiology/ PhD candidate
Ministry of Health/ School of public health, university of chile
Mid Career
Public health nutrition/ nutrition epidemiology/ nutrition policy
United Kingdom, Belgium, Chile
Elaine
Borazon
Assistant Professor
National Sun Yat-sen University
Early Career
Management, Food Science
Philippines, Taiwan
http://linkedin.com/in/elaine-borazon-27294830
Ellen
Johnson
Research Assistant
University of Sydney
Early Career
Food and nutrition security, food systems, trade policy
Pacific Islands, Indonesia, United Kingdom
Emily
Jago
Research Manager
Dalhousie University
Early Career
Food Policy, Food Environments, Food Systems
Canada
https://www.foodpolicylab.ca/team
Emily
LaRose
Nutrition Consultant
Harvard University
Mid Career
Nutrition & Global Health, Therapeutic Nutrition, Technical Writing, Continuous Learning
Global
https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-larose/‬‬
Esther
Omosa
Senior Nutrition Specialist
International livestock research Institute
Mid Career
Nutrition Food systems
-
Fernanda
Mediano
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of North Carolina
Early Career
Food Marketing, Health Communication, Health Behavior, Children
Chile
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1474-349X
Gabriela
Fretes
PhD candidate
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University
Early Career
Child obesity prevention, school food environments, school food and nutrition education, food policy and systems
Chile, Paraguay, United States
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabriela-fretes/
Given
Chipili
Lecturer/ PhD student
Mukuba University, Kitwe, Zambia/ Stellenbosch University Cape town, South Africa
Early Career
Clinical nutritionist
Kitwe, Zambia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/given-chipili-32427058/?midToken=AQEhIexbaSxY8Q&midSig=1_TWY9MbI0DFU1&trk=eml-jobs_jymbii_digest-header-64-profile&trkEmail=eml-jobs_jymbii_digest-header-64-profile-null-3d9scs%7Eksyv188w%7Eq9-null-neptune%2Fprofile%7Evanity%2Eview
Hala
Ghattas
Associate Research Professor & Director, Center for Research on Population and Health
American University of Beirut
Mid Career
Food and nutrition security, food environments, maternal and child health and nutrition, humanitarian contexts
Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/hala-ghattas-b837811/
Hazel
Malapit
Senior Research Coordinator
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Mid Career
Gender and women's empowerment
Asia, Africa
https://www.ifpri.org/profile/hazel-malapit
Helen
Engelstad Kvalem
Head of Studies
Oslo Metropolitan University
Mid Career
Nutrition, food, environmental medicine, public health nutrition, epidemiology
Norway
https://orcid.org/ 0000-0002-8289-9894
Hibbah
Araba Osei-kwasi
Post-doctoral Researcher - Public Health Nutrition
University of Sheffield
Early Career
Food environments, Determinants of dietary behaviours, Dietary acculturation and nutrition transition, Nutrition communication
Africa and Europe
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/geography/people/academic-staff/hibbah-araba-osei-kwasi
Jacqueline
Kung'u
Regional Advisor Research and Evaluation
Nutrition International
Mid Career
Implementation Research, Program Implementation, Nutrition Policy
Africa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacqueline-kung-u-phd-46855920/
Jane
Badham
Managing Director
JB Consultancy
Senior Career
Maternal, infant, young child nutrition / Code & Codex
-
Jennie
Davis
PhD Candidate
University of California, Davis
Early Career
Nutrition, global health, epidemiology
-
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennie-davis-rdn/
Jillian
Tutuo
Research Fellow
WorldFish
Mid Career
Food systems- food environment/ NCD
-
Kathryn
Backholer
Associate Professor
Deakin University
Mid Career
Food policy, health equity
Australia
https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/kathryn-backholer
Kelly
Donati
Lecturer in Food Studies
William Angliss Institute
Mid Career
food studies pedagogy, gastronomy, fermentation, curriculum development, urban agriculture
Australia
https://www.angliss.edu.au/research/academic-staff/academic-profile-dr-kelly-donati/
Kimberley
Neve
Nutritionist and Researcher
Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London
Early Career
Public health nutrition; obesity policy; food environments; qualitative research methods
United Kingdom
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberley-neve-msc-anutr-31a74156/
Lindsay
Jaacks
Senior Lecturer
The University of Edinburgh
Mid Career
Nutrition, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Agriculture-Nutrition Nexus, Obesity and Diabetes Surveillance, Food Environment Assessments
United States of America, United Kingdom, India, Nepal
https://www.ed.ac.uk/profile/lindsay-jaacks
Liv Elin
Torheim
Professor
OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University
Senior Career
Nutrition policy, food and nutrition as human rights, dietary assessment, food security assessment
Norway, West Africa, Nepal
https://www.oslomet.no/en/about/employee/livtor/
Liza
Barbour
Lecturer & PhD Candidate
Monash University
Early Career
Dietitian - healthy and sustainable diet-related practices
Australia, South Pacific
https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/liza-barbour
Lydia
Pedun Aisu
Nutritionist and SBC Specialist
Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs
Mid Career
Family Nutrition, SBC and Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture
Uganda
Madiha
Ahmed
Senior Program Specialist
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Senior Career
Economics, Macroeconomic policy, gender, social protection, public health, food systems, healthy diets, non-communicable disease prevention, public policy
Middle East, North Africa, Southern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, West Africa, South Asia, South East Asia
Marian
Amaka Odenigbo
Senior Advisor
Nutrition International
Senior Career
Multi-sectoral Nutrition, Program Management
Africa
Marieke
Theron
Lecturer
ADSA and NSSA
Mid Career
Food service management in hospitals, Hospital acquired malnutrition and correctional facilities nutrition. Public health.
-
http://www.humannutrition.uct.ac.za/staff/marieketheron
Maureen
Muketha
Associate Influencing & Advocacy
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Early Career
Food and Nutrition Security, Food systems and Nutrition, Nutrition and policy Advocacy
Kenya
https://www.linkedin.com/in/maureen-muketha-8760a4111/
Melissa
Jensen
Postdoc fellow & instructor
Rudd Cener for Food Policy and Health & Uni of Costa Rica
Early Career
Food policy, food marketing, school food environment
-
https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissa-l-jensen-phd-msph-1b9a3428/
Memory
Chipyola Kamoyo
Environmental Officer
Environmental Affairs Department
Mid Career
Environmental assessments
Malawi
Michelle
Grant
Founder + Director
The Great Full + World Food System Center, ETH Zurich
Mid Career
Food systems, education, leadership coaching
Europe, Africa, Oceania
https://www.thegreatfull.com/
Michelle
Holdsworth
Research Director/Professor
IRD- French National Research Institute for Development
Senior Career
Food environments, Dietary transitions, Food & Nutrition policy to prevent multiple forms of malnutrition
Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal); Europe (France, UK)
https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr/people/staff/michelle-holdsworth
Milka
Sokolovic
Director General
European Public Health Alliance
Senior Career
Metabolism, nutrition, public health, leadership, executive management
Europe
https://epha.org/milka-sokolovic/
Miria
Twinomugisha
Nutritionist
Nutrition society Uganda
Mid Career
Community Nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, and nutrition policy development
Uganda
Miriam,
Shindler
Programme Lead, Children and Young People
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Mid Career
Child and adolescent nutrition
Global
Monica
Muti
PhD Candidate
University of Witwatersrand
Mid Career
Public Health Nutrition, Epidemiology, Implementation reasearch
-
Mélissa
Mialon
Research Fellow
Trinity College Dublin
Early Career
Public health; nutrition; conflicts of interest; corporations; ethics; governance
Worldwide experience except Asia
https://drmelissamialon.com/
Nadia
Flexner
PhD Candidate
University of Toronto
Early Career
Food and Nutrition policy, food environments, front-of-pack labeling, food reformulation, cost-effective analysis
Canada, United States of America, Latin America
https://labbelab.utoronto.ca/profiles/nadia-flexner/
Namukolo
Covic
Senior Research Coordinator
International Food Policy Research Institute
Senior Career
Food Systems, Nutrition, Leadership Development
Africa, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda
https://www.linkedin.com/in/namukolo-covic-070841189/
Neena
Prasad
Director, Food Policy Program
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mid Career
Policy Advocacy, Program Design, Strategy Development
Global
http://linkedin.com/in/neena-prasad-269023164
Ngozi
Nnam
Professor of Community and Public Health Nutrition
Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nigeria Nsukka
Senior Career
Development and Formulation of infant Complementary food
Global
Olutayo
Adeyemi
Consultant/Associate Lecturer (Adjunct Professor)
Independent/University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Mid Career
Nutrition, food systems
Nigeria
Paula
Pereda
Associate Professor
Universtiy of Sao Paulo
Mid Career
Economics
-
https://sites.google.com/site/paulapereda/home
Paula
Johns
Director
ACT Health Promotion
Mid Career
Advocacy, food policy, tobacco control, alcohol control
Brasil
Pauline
Kariuki
Program Coordinator
Feed the Children
Early Career
Food and nutrition security, Nutrition Advocacy, Community development, Project Management, Health systems.
-
https://www.linkedin.com/in/pauline-kariuki-2a218531
Penny
Farrell
Research Fellow
The University of Sydney
Early Career
Food environment research
Solomon Islands, Samoa, Vietnam, Tanzania, Zambia
https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/about/our-people/academic-staff/penny.farrell.html
Purnima
Menon
Senior Research Fellow
International Food Policy Research Institute
Senior Career
Nutrition, health systems, gender, implementation research
India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Haiti
https://www.linkedin.com/in/purnima.menon/
Ramya
Ambikapathi
Research Scientist
Purdue University
Early Career
Informal food environment, climate change, measuring diets.
East Africa, India, Peru
https://ramyaambikapathi.com
Rebecca
Namara
Research Assistant
Next Gen(d)eration Leadership Initiative
Early Career
Nutrition, Food & Nutrition Policy and advocacy
Uganda, US
http://linkedin.com/in/rebecca-namara-14963995
Rebecca,
Pradeilles
Senior Research Associate in Global Public Health Nutrition
Loughborough University
Early Career
Nutrition, food systems
Africa, Latin America, South Asia
https://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ssehs/staff/rebecca-pradeilles/
Reem
Alsukait
Assistant Professor
King Saud University
Early Career
Food Policy, Nutrition, and Public Health
-
https://blogs.worldbank.org/team/reem-f-alsukait
Rina
Swart
Professor
University of the Western Cape
Senior Career
Nutrition policy and programming; obesogenic food environments
-
Ronel
Sorgenfrei
Assistant-Director: Nutrition
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, South Africa
Mid Career
Public Health Nutrition, Clinical Dietetics Practice, Programme development and implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.
-
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronel-sorgenfrei-943b0522/
Roseline
Remans
Senior Scientist at the Alliance of Biodiversity International and CIAT & Co-founder Glocolearning
CGIAR & Glocolearning
Mid Career
Agrobiodiversity, Nexus of nutrition & environment
Global
Rumbidzai
Primrose Mawoza
Program Development Officer
Zimbabwe Nutrition Association
Early Career
Nutrition, Food systems, Program planning and development, program management, grant writing
-
Sakile
Kudita
Country Manager
CIAT - HarvestPlus
Mid Career
Crop Science, Food Microbiology, Genetics
Africa
Sameeha
Mohd Jamil
Lecturer
UKM,Malaysia
Early Career
Nutrition, Food marketing, Pester power, Qualitative study
Malaysia
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sameeha-Mohd-Jamil-2
Sandra
Crispim
Adjunct Professor
Federal University of Paraná
Mid Career
Dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, food consumption surveys
Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandracrispim/
Sarah
Mounsey
PhD Candidate/Researcher
University of Sydney
Early Career
Food and nutrition policy/modelling of health and economic impacts of interventions to reduce NCD burden
Pacific, South Asia
Shelly
Sundberg
Senior Program Officer, Agriculture & Nutrition
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Career
Food systems, dietary data, nexus of agricultural programs/policies and nutrition
Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
https://www.linkedin.com/in/shellysundberg/
Shu
Wen Ng
Associate Professor
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mid Career
Food & nutrition Policy, Chronic disease prevention; policies to address disparities
United States of America, South Africa, Caribbean, China, Mexico, Singapore,
https://sph.unc.edu/adv_profile/shu-wen-ng/
Sinead
Boylan
Senior Researcher
University of Sydney
Mid Career
Complex systems, sustainability.
Australia, Southeast Asia, East Africa, UK, Eastern Europe, Russia.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sinead-boylan/
Sirinya
Phulkerd
Assistant Professor
Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University
Early Career
Food and nutrition policies, food environments, eating behaviours,
Thailand
https://ipsr.mahidol.ac.th/ipsrbeta/en/Staff.aspx
Stacia
Nordin
Sustainable Nutrition
Www.NeverEndingFood.org
Mid Career
Permaculture, Environment, Indigenous Foods
Malawi, Africa
https://www.neverendingfood.org/Sustainable-Nutrition-Manual/
Swetha
Manohar
Fellow
Johns Hopkins University
Mid Career
Women and child nutrition, food security, issues of inequity related to food security and nutrition
South Asia, Southeast Asia
Tamryn
Frank
Researcher / PhD Candidate
University of the Western Cape
Early Career
Nutrition policy, healthy food environment
-
Thais
Diniz Oliveira
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Economics, Business and Accounting, University of São Paulo
Early Career
Climate policy, sustainability, food systems, applied economics
Brazil, Latin America
https://sites.google.com/view/thaisdiniz-oliveira/home
Violeta
Chacón
PhD Candidate
Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Early Career
School food environment & child and adolescent nutrition research
Guatemala, Central America, United States
Wendy
Gonzalez
Senior Technical Specialist
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Mid Career
Public health nutrition, food systems, demand creation and behaviour change
Central America, Mexico, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Bangladesh, Indonesia
Wilma
Waterlander
Assistant Professor
Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam
Mid Career
Food Systems, Food Policy; Food Pricing; Public Health
Europe, New Zealand