This day-long meeting will be attended and addressed by distinguished representatives from civil society, governments, donors, international organizations, the private sector and key stakeholders in the SUN movement and international experts on maternal and child malnutrition.

Speakers and Presenters

 

Tom ArnoldTom Arnold has served since 2001 as CEO of Concern Worldwide, an international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries.

Arnold worked for the Irish Department of Agriculture and Food from 1988-2001, first as chief economist and then, from 1993 on, as assistant secretary general. His previous experience includes work as a senior economist with ACOT, an Irish farm advisory service; an administrator in the Directorate General for Agriculture in the European Commission; and a European Commission agricultural advisor in Cote d'Ivoire and Malawi.

Among his other activities, Arnold is a current member of the Consortium Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the 2020 advisory board of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He served on the U.N. Millennium Project's Hunger Task Force and for several years chaired the European Food Security Group, an NGO network.

Arnold is a graduate in agricultural economics from University College Dublin. He earned master's degrees in business administration and strategic management from the Catholic University of Louvain and Trinity College Dublin, respectively.

David BeckmannDavid Beckmann, president of Bread for the World and a 2010 World Food Prize laureate, is one of the foremost U.S. advocates for hungry and poor people. He has been president of Bread for the World since 1991, leading large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the United States and globally.

Beckmann is also president of Bread for the World Institute, which provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it. He founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse U.S. institutions—Muslim and Jewish groups, corporations, unions, and universities—in building the political will to end hunger.

Prior to joining Bread, Beckmann worked at the World Bank for 15 years, overseeing large development projects and driving innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty. He earned degrees from Yale University, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. Beckmann's most recent book is Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger (2010).

Mark BittmanMark Bittman, whose "Minimalist" column ran in the Dining section of The New York Times for more than 13 years, is a New York Times opinion columnist as well as the lead food writer for The Times Magazine. In 2009, Bittman published Food Matters, which explores the crucial connections among food, health, and the environment and provides tangible guidance for Americans rethinking their diets. This was followed by The Food Matters Cookbook.

Bittman promotes the simple and rewarding pleasures of the kitchen in How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and other books; on markbittman.com; and in his ongoing presence in The Times, on The Today Show, and elsewhere. His television series (Bittman Takes on America's Chefs, The Best Recipes in the World, and Spain: On the Road Again) took viewers on adventures in new eating.

His current show, a series based on "Minimalist," is running on the Cooking Channel. As a regular on The Today Show, he solves the daily dilemma of what's for dinner.

Hillary Rodham ClintonHillary Rodham Clinton is the U.S. Secretary of State, sworn in on January 21, 2009. She launched a historic campaign for president in 2007. As president-elect, Barack Obama, for whom she had campaigned in the 2008 general election, nominated her to be Secretary of State.

In 2000, Clinton had been elected to the U.S. Senate, where she served on five committees: Armed Services; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Environment and Public Works; Budget; and the Select Committee on Aging. She worked across party lines to build support for causes important to her constituents and the country, including the expansion of economic opportunity and access to quality, affordable health care. Clinton won reelection to the Senate in 2006.

Previously, Clinton spent eight years as First Lady of the United States after her husband Bill Clinton was elected president. She worked on issues of health care, children, and families, and traveled to more than 80 countries, winning respect as a champion of human rights, democracy, and civil society. Prior to becoming First Lady of the United States, she was the First Lady of Arkansas, during which she chaired the Arkansas Education Standards Committee and co-founded Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families. Earlier, she worked as an attorney and law professor.

Clinton was born in Chicago. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College.

Alan DangourAlan Dangour, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

 Download Dangour's presentation from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

Dangour is a senior lecturer in public health nutrition with a background in biochemistry and biological anthropology. His primary research focus is nutrition in older age, and he has conducted a series of trials to determine the effectiveness of nutrition interventions to maintain health and function in later life.

Dangour also co-leads an interdisciplinary team that recently launched the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (www.lcirah.ac.uk). The Centre conducts intersectoral research on poverty and development; globalization and food quality; sustainability, environment, and climate change; food-borne and zoonotic diseases; and common metrics for agriculture and health research and evaluation.

Nathalie ErnoultNathalie Ernoult, Nutrition Policy Advisor, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Médecins Sans Frontières.

Ernoult is the nutrition policy advisor for the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors Without Borders).  The Campaign’s nutrition team seeks to win changes in policy and secure access to improved nutrition by informing policymakers, donors, and the larger public of the results of MSF field experience and operational research.

Before coming to MSF in 2009, Ernoult was vice president of Action Contre la Faim (Action Against Hunger), a nongovernmental organization specializing in food security, nutrition, health, and water and sanitation. She has 15 years of field experience as country director for humanitarian organizations and is also a freelance coach for organizations.

Kevin FarrellKevin Farrell is Ireland's Special Envoy for Hunger, appointed to assist his country's efforts to reduce hunger. Farrell also served as a member of Ireland's Hunger Task Force, adding valuable experience to the team.

Download Kevin Farrell's Keynote Address from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

From 1989-2008, Farrell worked for the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). He held a number of key positions, including head of Great Lakes Operations at WFP headquarters in Rome, head of WFP in Uganda and Somalia, and, from 2002-2008, head of WFP in Zimbabwe, where he established and developed a large WFP operation in response to the emerging food crisis there. Farrell has also worked for the U.N. Iraq Program, in Iraq as deputy humanitarian coordinator and in New York as director of humanitarian operations. Prior to his work with WFP, Farrell served as field director with CONCERN Bangladesh.

Farrell has a strong track record on hunger in the development context, particularly in Africa, which receives more than 70 percent of Ireland's development assistance. He was educated at University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, and University College, Swansea.

Melinda French GatesMelinda French Gates is co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps shape and approve foundation strategies, reviews results, advocates for the foundation's issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization.

Gates meets with local, national, and international grantees and partners to further the foundation's goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. She also uses public appearances—including speeches, interviews, and articles—to focus attention on these issues.

 After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she distinguished herself in business as a leader in the development of many of Microsoft's multimedia products. In 1996, Gates retired from her position as Microsoft's general manager of information products. Since then, she has directed her energy toward the nonprofit world. In addition to her role with the foundation, she is a former member of the board of trustees of Duke University and is a former co-chair of the Washington State Governor's Commission on Early Learning.

Gates received a bachelor's degree in computer science and economics from Duke University in 1986 and a master's in business administration from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in 1987. She lives with her husband, Bill, and their three children in Medina, WA.

Tony HallTony Hall, Ambassador and Former Member of Congress (Ret.); Executive Director, Alliance to End Hunger.

A three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Hall is a leading advocate for hunger relief programs and initiatives to strengthen respect for global human rights. He serves as executive director of the Alliance to End Hunger, which engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger in the United States and abroad. The Alliance has more than 80 members--corporations, nonprofit groups, universities, individuals, and Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religious bodies.

Hall was the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome from 2002 to 2005. Previously, he was Ohio’s longest-serving representative, representing Ohio’s Third District for 24 years. While in Congress, Hall was a founding member of the Select Committee on Hunger and served as its chairman from 1989 to 1993. When the Committee was abolished in 1993, he fasted for 22 days to draw attention to the needs of hungry people in the United States and around the world. Hall also founded and chaired the Congressional Hunger Center, a non-governmental organization committed to ending hunger through training and educational programs for emerging leaders.

Shamim Hayder TalukderShamim Hayder Talukder is the founder and chief executive officer of Eminence, a nonprofit organization in Dhaka, Bangladesh, that addresses issues related to nutrition, reproductive health, and the environment. Eminence recently partnered with Bangladesh's ministry of health and family welfare to enhance health services for many thousands of people through 30,190 community clinics in 11 districts. The organization has conducted more than 40 evaluation studies on nutrition, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, and water/sanitation.

Download Dr. Talukder's presentation from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

Talukder is a member of several professional associations in Bangladesh, including the Non-Communicable Diseases Forum, Bangladesh Urban Health Network, and recently formed Bangladesh Nutrition and Food Security Network. He has participated in national and international conferences and seminars all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. He is also editor and managing director of The Editor, a national web-based daily newspaper.

He earned his M. Phil. in international community health from the University of Oslo, Norway, in 2003, and an undergraduate degree from Rajshahi University in Bangladesh in 1996. Talukder lives in Dhaka with his parents, spouse, and three children.

Paul Isenman, Consultant, Aid Effectiveness and Policy.

Isenman is an independent consultant on foreign aid effectiveness. His recent work has focused on aid architecture, governance, and policies for greater impact in the areas of nutrition, education, mutual accountability, and transparency.

Isenman worked for 20 years at the World Bank, serving as director of policy and country departments in Africa, South Asia, and Latin America as well as overseeing a World Development Report on poverty and human development. He has also worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as deputy director of central economic staff and in resident missions in Bangladesh and India.

From 2000-2005, Isenman was head of the Division of Policy Co-ordination at the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Secretariat of the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development). There, he was one of the principal drafters of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and led work on effectiveness in governance, gender, health, fragile states, conflict, and environment.

Eileen KennedyEileen Kennedy, Dean, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.

Eileen Kennedy has been Dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University since 2004. Before joining the Friedman School, Kennedy was Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the effects of governmental and nongovernmental policies and programs on health, nutrition, food security, and welfare. She has studied maternal/child health and nutrition in Africa, Asia, North America, and Central America.

From 1994 to 2001, Kennedy served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She was the founding executive director of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Planning, which prepared and launched the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Food Guide Pyramid. As USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary and then Acting Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, Kennedy created the “Healthy Eating Index,” a validated measure for researchers monitoring nutrition. She also oversaw USDA’s four technical agencies, which provide research and policy analysis on agriculture, biotechnology, nutrition, environment, food safety, economics, and agricultural extension.

Anna LarteyAnna Lartey is an associate professor in the department of nutrition and food science at the University of Ghana. Her research focuses on maternal/child nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, a subject on which she has published extensively. She won the University of Ghana's "Best Researcher Award" in 2004.

Lartey has served on several World Health Organization expert consultation task forces on child nutrition. She currently leads the Ghana delegation to the Codex Committee on Nutrition for Special Dietary Uses, where Ghana chairs the electronic working group to revise the Codex guidelines on formulated supplementary foods for older infants and young children.

She holds the IDRC Canada Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socio-Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, and is currently president-elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences.

Lartey attended University of California-Davis as a Fulbright student and completed her Ph.D. in nutrition in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a master's degree from the University of Guelph, Canada. She is married to Ernest Lartey and has two grown children.

Charles MacCormackCharles MacCormack is president and CEO of Save the Children/US, a world leader in serving children in need. As an independent nonprofit with programs in the United States and more than 50 countries, Save the Children works to create lasting positive change in the lives of children in need through programs in health care and nutrition, education, and economic opportunity. The organization also provides child-oriented humanitarian assistance during natural disasters and conflict.

In addition to his role as president of Save the Children/US, MacCormack served on the board of the International Save the Children Alliance from 1993-2010. From 1977-1992, he was president of World Learning (formerly the Experiment in International Living). Other previous experience includes directing the master's degree program in international management at the School for International Training and working at Save the Children in other capacities.

From 2006-2009, MacCormack was the chair of the board of directors of InterAction, the association of more than 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations. He is currently on the boards of InterAction and World Learning, co-chairs the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership, and is a founding board member of Malaria No More.

MacCormack earned his Ph.D. and master's degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a Fulbright fellow in Venezuela and a National Science Foundation fellow in Mexico.

M.G. Venkatesh MannarM.G. Venkatesh Mannar, President, the Micronutrient Initiative.

Mannar leads the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), based in Ottawa, Canada, in its mission of partnering with others to develop, implement, and monitor cost-effective and sustainable solutions for micronutrient deficiencies (also known as hidden hunger).

Fortifying common foods (for example, iodized salt, iron-fortified flours, vitamin A-fortified cooking oil) and/or providing supplements of zinc, folic acid, and other essential micronutrients saves lives, prevent disabilities, and improves lifelong health. Under Mannar’s leadership, MI has grown to play a major role in developing and expanding programs to reduce micronutrient deficiencies in more than 75 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Mannar earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University in the United States and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, both in chemical engineering.

Cassim MasiCassim Masi was appointed CEO of Zambia's National Food and Nutrition Commission (NFNC)—a semi-autonomous body under the Ministry of Health—in 2009. He is responsible for controlling all the operations of the institution in order to fulfill its mandate of enhancing the optimal food and nutritional status of the Zambian population. The Zambian government designated NFNC the focal point for SUN, and as its CEO, Masi played a critical role in making Zambia one of the Early Risers of the SUN initiative.

Download Masi's presentation from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

Masi has more than 20 years of experience managing projects in sustainable agriculture, food security and livelihoods, health, and HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining NFNC, he worked for Zambia's Ministry of Agriculture, its Ministry of Tourism and Environment, World Vision Zambia, Africare, and as a short-term consultant to the National AIDS Council of Zambia. He has participated in the formulation of a number of key national action plans as well as strategies and policies. Masi has a wide range of experience working with government line ministries, bilateral and U.N. agencies, and NGOs.

Masi holds a Ph.D. in agronomy (plant science) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, in the United States.

Andrew MitchellAndrew Mitchell was appointed the U.K. Secretary of State for International Development on May 12, 2010. From 2005-2010, while his party was in opposition, Mitchell served as Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and led the party's campaign to tackle global poverty.

Mitchell has seen firsthand the impact of deprivation, conflict, and oppression on the lives of ordinary people around the world. Having served as a U.N. peacekeeper in Cyprus in the 1970s, he went on to work and travel extensively in Africa and Asia, experiences that have stayed with him throughout his time as a Member of Parliament.

For the past three years, Mitchell has also organized Project Umubano, a social action project which brings approximately 100 volunteers to work on development projects in Rwanda.

David NabarroDavid Nabarro was appointed the U.N. Secretary-General's special representative for food security and nutrition in October 2009. He has worked in the office of the U.N. Secretary-General as senior U.N. system coordinator for avian and pandemic influenza since 2005 and, since January 2009, has coordinated the U.N. High Level Task Force on the Food Security Crisis.

Download Nabarro's Keynote Address from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

Before joining the Secretary-General's office, Nabarro had worked since 1999 at the World Health Organization (WHO). He served as WHO's executive director, working on issues that included the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, health systems assessments, and the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Before becoming executive director, he had led WHO's Roll Back Malaria campaign; its cluster handling food safety, emergency health action, and environmental health; and, in 2003, its Department for Health Action in Crises.

Nabarro studied at Oxford and London Universities, qualifying as a physician in 1973. After a short period in the U.K. National Health Service, he worked for six years in child health and nutrition programs for Save the Children in Iraq, South Asia, and East Africa; taught for six years at the London and Liverpool Schools of Tropical Medicine; served as chief health and population adviser to the British government's Overseas Development Administration; and in 1997 became director for human development in the U.K. Department for International Development.

Maria OteroMaria Otero has served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs since August 2009. She oversees and coordinates U.S. foreign relations on a variety of global issues, including democracy, human rights, and labor; environment, oceans, health and science; population, refugees, and migration; and monitoring and combating trafficking in persons. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Otero is currently the highest-ranking Hispanic official at the State Department and the first Latina Under Secretary in State Department history.

Otero was formerly president and CEO of ACCION International, a pioneering organization in microfinance now working in 25 countries. During her tenure, ACCION expanded its network from serving 460,000 people to more than 3.7 million people. Otero is a leading voice on sustainable microfinance, publishing extensively on the subject and speaking throughout the world on microfinance, women's issues, and poverty alleviation.

Before coming to ACCION, Otero worked for the Women in Development office of USAID as the economist for Latin America, and previously for the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). She was appointed to the U.N. Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sector, served as chair of the board of Bread for the World, and has been active on several other nonprofit boards.

Otero was named one of the United States' 20 most influential women by Newsweek in 2005. She earned a master's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins' Nitze School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC, and an M.A. in literature from the University of Maryland.

Victoria QuinnVictoria Quinn, Senior Vice President of Programs, Helen Keller International.

Quinn has more than 25 years of experience in designing and managing large-scale nutrition and maternal/child health programs at the country and regional levels. The last seven have been with Helen Keller International. Her areas of expertise include nutrition policy and surveillance, household food security, infant and young child feeding, micronutrients, and women’s nutrition.

Quinn also teaches in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and serves on several advisory panels and working groups, including the international advisory panel for GAIN’s Access to Nutrition Index study.

Quinn earned a Ph.D. at Wageningen University, the Netherlands; a master’s degree at Cornell University; and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley, all in nutrition.

Marie T. RuelMarie T. Ruel, Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute.

Ruel has directed the Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2004 and has been with IFPRI since 1996.

Ruel has worked for more than 25 years on policies and programs to alleviate poverty and child malnutrition in developing countries. She has published extensively on topics related to maternal/child nutrition and agricultural strategies to improve diet quality and micronutrient nutrition, focusing on women’s empowerment, urban livelihoods, food security, and nutrition.

Currently, Ruel co-leads the development of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health, a global program aimed at promoting and coordinating policy research on the linkages between agriculture, health, and nutrition. Before joining IFPRI in 1996, she was head of the Nutrition and Health Division at INCAP/PAHO in Guatemala.

Peter Milton Rukundo, Organizing Secretary, Uganda Action for Nutrition.

Rukundo is the Organizing Secretary of the Uganda Action for Nutrition (UGAN), the society of nutrition professionals in Uganda. In 2009, UGAN organized the Uganda Nutrition Congress--the first international scientific meeting on nutrition held in Uganda.

Rukundo is a lecturer in human nutrition and diatetics at Kyambogo University, Uganda’s second-largest university. He also conducts research for the African Journal on Ethics and Human Rights, based at Makerere University in the capital city, Kampala.

Rukundo earned a master’s degree in nutrition and environmental health and a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and dietetics. His commitment to advocacy on behalf of hungry people was strengthened by postgraduate work in nutrition and human rights. He is currently working toward his Ph.D.; his dissertation is on emergency response mechanisms in Uganda that support nutrition and the right to adequate food. Rukundo is from southwest Uganda’s Kisoro District.

Ray SuarezRay Suarez has been a Washington-based senior correspondent for The NewsHour on PBS since 1999. He also hosts the monthly radio program America Abroad for Public Radio International and the weekly politics program Destination Casa Blanca for Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network (HITN TV).

Suarez has more than 30 years of varied experience in the news business. Before coming to PBS, Suarez hosted National Public Radio's nationwide call-in news program Talk of the Nation for six years. Earlier, he spent seven years covering local, national, and international stories for NBC-owned station WMAQ-TV in Chicago. He has also worked as a Los Angeles correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York, a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome, and a reporter for American and British news services in London. Suarez is the author of several books, most recently The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, which examines the tightening relationship between religion and politics in the United States. Among his other books is The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration.

Suarez holds a master's degree in the social sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree in African history from New York University.

Lucy Martinez SullivanLucy Martinez Sullivan, Director, 1,000 Days.

Download Sullivan's presentation from 1,000 Days to Scale Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children on June 13, 2011.

Sullivan is the director of 1,000 Days, which advocates action and investment to improve nutrition for mothers and children in the critical 1,000-day nutrition window from pregnancy to age 2.

1,000 Days—organized by InterAction and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in close collaboration with the U.S. Department of State—focuses on mobilizing U.S.-based partners and promoting communication among organizations working in nutrition, agriculture, health, social protection, and other sectors.

Before joining 1,000 Days, Sullivan had served as executive director of the consulting firm CCS, which specializes in fundraising and communications for nonprofits; as interim Chief Development Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society; as a TechnoServe volunteer in Mozambique; and in several private sector companies, including positions at Merrill Lynch and Limited Brands. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Paul WeisenfeldPaul Weisenfeld serves as Assistant to the Administrator, directing the Bureau for Food Security, which leads President Obama's Feed the Future Initiative. In this capacity, he oversees the Agency's technical and regional expertise focused on improving food security to sustainably reduce hunger, poverty and under-nutrition. The Bureau works with host government and private sector partners to address the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, emphasizing the empowerment of women; strengthen the enabling environment for strong markets; promote research and innovation for agricultural development; and increase our investments in nutrition while maintaining support for humanitarian food assistance. A Minister-Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, Weisenfeld has served for nearly twenty years at USAID in four overseas posts and in Washington, D.C.

From October 2010 - March 2011, Weisenfeld served as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID's Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this assignment, he was the Coordinator of USAID's Haiti Task Team, reporting directly to the USAID Administrator and responsible for coordinating the post-earthquake effort from Washington as it supported recovery and reconstruction efforts in the field.

From 2006 to January 2010, Weisenfeld served as USAID's Mission Director in Peru. In this position, he oversaw programs addressing education, health, economic growth, environment, democracy, alternative development, regional trade capacity building, and development of the Peru-Ecuador border region. From 2002-2006, he served as Mission Director in Zimbabwe, overseeing programs in HIV/AIDS, democracy and governance, small enterprise development, and humanitarian assistance.

His career with USAID also includes serving as Senior Regional Legal Advisor in Egypt from 1999-2002; Regional Legal Advisor in South Africa from 1995-1999; and Legal Advisor in the USAID Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C., from 1991-1995.

Weisenfeld worked in the private sector as an attorney with the law firms Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge from 1989-1991 and White & Case from 1987-1989. A New York City native, Weisenfeld earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College and his law degree from The Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review.

Robert B. ZoellickRobert B. Zoellick is president of the World Bank Group, which works with 185 member countries. Prior to joining the Bank, Zoellick served as vice chairman, International of the Goldman Sachs Group; as managing director of the Goldman Sachs Group; and as chair of the company's board of international advisors. Previously, Zoellick served as deputy secretary of the U.S. State Department. He was the department's chief operating officer and policy alternate for the Secretary of State, in addition to having lead policy responsibility in other areas.

Earlier, Zoellick served in the U.S. cabinet as the 13th U.S. Trade Representative. He forged an activist approach to free trade at the global, regional, and bilateral levels while securing support for open markets with the U.S. Congress and a broad coalition of domestic constituencies. He worked with ministers from nearly 150 economies to launch the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, and then to complete the framework accord for opening markets in 2004. He was instrumental in completing the accession of China and Chinese Taipei to the WTO and also completed or substantially advanced the accessions of Cambodia, Saudi Arabia, Viet Nam, Russia, and other nations.

Zoellick earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College.

Agnes Mwenda Mugala AongolaAgnes Mwenda Mugala Aongola, National Food and Nutrition Commission, Zambia.

Aongola is the chief nutrition liaison officer in Zambia’s Ministry of Health, where she has worked for 19 years. Since 2005, she has been attached to the National Food and Nutrition Commission as a nutritionist in its training and collaboration unit.

In 2008, she was appointed coordinator of Zambia’s supplementary feeding program supported by the World Food Program. She was named nutrition specialist for Zambia’s Central Board of Health. Earlier, she worked on a yearlong U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project to promote consumption of food legumes.

Aongola earned a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, received additional postgraduate training in food science and nutrition at the University of Ghent, Belgium, and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Zambia.

Paul AmunaPaul Amuna, Trustee, African Nutrition Society.

Amuna, a physician and specialist in international nutrition, has more than 17 years of experience in university teaching and research. He leads the postgraduate program in nutritional sciences at the University of Greenwich, U.K., and chairs the health, safety, and research ethics committee at the university’s School of Science.

Amuna’s research focuses on micronutrient nutrition, energy balance, and the links among poverty, food security, and non-communicable diseases such as diabetes—particularly in developing countries in nutritional transition. Amuna is a co-originator of the food multimix concept and has worked to develop food products for clinical and dietetic applications among vulnerable groups. He is the co-convener of the Africa Nutritional Epidemiology Conference, the leading conference on nutrition in Africa.

Recently, Amuna led a project on maternal nutrition and birth outcomes in Nepal. He is currently working with the World Health Organization (WHO) Malnutrition Taskforce to promote the training of health personnel in the treatment of severe acute malnutrition and with the African Nutrition Society to promote the coordination of nutrition training in Africa. He earned his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School.

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