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Simón Barquera is a medical doctor (UAM '94) with a Master and PhD in Nutrition from Tufts University ('96 and '05). Level 3 member of the National Research System, the National Academy of Medicine (2010) and the World Obesity Federation (2006). He has been a consultant for WHO / PAHO, UNICEF, IARC, IAEA and FAO in the field of obesity and chronic diseases. It has more than 270 publications in scientific journals and 18,135 citations. Amongst some recognitions, he has received the Tufts University Nutrition Impact Award (2016), as well as the distinction of teaching the 11th Michael and Susan Dell Chair in Child Health (University of Texas, 2017) and the 18th Carl J Martinson Chair (University of Minnesota, 2018).

Dr. Barquera currently serves as a leader in the line of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular risk and is Director of the Nutrition and Health Research Center at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.


Stuart Gillespie

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Stuart Gillespie is a Senior Research Fellow with the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), CEO of the Transform Nutrition Research Program Consortium, Research Director of the Leveraging Agriculture for Nutrition in South Asia (LANSA) consortium, and leader of the SPEAR flagship (Supporting Policies, Programs and Enabling Action through Research) of the Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) research program. Stuart Gillespie has a PhD in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1988). Prior to joining IFPRI in 1999, he worked with UNICEF, World Bank, WFP, FAO, WHO, UNSCN, ADB, Micronutrient Initiative and other agencies on nutrition policy analysis and program support. With IFPRI he initiated the Regional Network on AIDS, Livelihoods and Food Security (RENEWAL), the CGIAR’s Agriculture and Health Research Platform (AHRP), the Tackling the Agriculture-Nutrition Disconnect in India (TANDI) project, Leveraging Agriculture for Enabling Environments in East Africa (LANEA) and Stories of Change in Nutrition. Gillespie has over 150 publications, including 9 books, 14 monographs and 20 book chapters.

Google Scholar Profile: http://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=8YFZF9kAAAAJ&hl=en


Corinna Hawkes

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Corinna Hawkes has worked for 20 years with UN agencies, governments, universities and NGOs at the local, national and international level to support the design of more effective food policies to improve diets and prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases. She is currently Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London, UK, a Centre dedicated to advancing the thinking and practice of integrated and inclusive food policy through education, research and outreach. Between 2015-18 she served as Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, an international report tracking progress in malnutrition in all its forms across the globe.  Corinna Hawkes has worked at the World Health Organization, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the University of Sao Paulo and World Cancer Research Fund International, where she established the NOURISHING Framework which tracks policies to promote healthy eating worldwide.  She sits on the London Food Board and in 2018 was appointed by the Mayor of London as Vice Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce.





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Amos Laar, Ph.D, University of Ghana, and President, African Nutrition Association.

Dr. Laar has academic training in Nutrition, Public Health, and Bioethics. Currently, his research focuses on two distinct, yet related areas of public health: bioethicsethics & public health; health & human rights, nutrition rights, food and nutrition ethics; and public health nutrition–food and nutrition literacy, nutrition-related non-communicable diseases – particularly the nexus between food environment and health. He spent his research time over the last decade exploring the “socio-cultural, socio-ethical, and medico-ethical dimensions of a sexually/perinatally transmissible infection–HIV.

He has been a Principal/Co-Investigator of over 20 research grants at the University of Ghana.  He co-led the DFID/Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded “Dietary Transitions in Ghanaian Cities Project”, and the MRC-funded “Dietary Transitions in African Cities Project” (both projects aimed to identify how social, and physical environments drive consumption of energy dense nutrient-poor foods and beverages). Dr. Laar is currently a Principal Investigator of an IDRC-funded project which is “measuring the healthiness of Ghanaian children’s food environments to prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases”, and a Co-Principal Investigator of an NIH-funded project which will establish a master programme in Bioethics at the University of Ghana.

Dr Laar currently leads the implementation of INFORMAS’ (International Network for Food and Obesity/NCDs Research, Monitoring and Action Support) modules in Ghana with support from colleagues and collaborators. He is the Founder of hm2r (a global mentoring think tank), and President of African Nutrition Association (a learned society with members from all over Africa).


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Since 2008 Yogan has been the Deputy Director-General for health programmes in the national Department of Health. Prior to his appointment as DDG he held the positions of chief director for strategic planning and director for the district health system – all in the National Department of Health. He holds a Phd in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

He has authored and co-authored more than 60 peer reviewed journal articles and has co-authored two textbooks (The Textbook of International Health, 2009; The Textbook of Global Health, 2017).

He has been a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory committees for TB and HIV of the WHO. He co-chaired the HIV treatment guidelines committee of the WHO in 2015/16. He served as a member of the Boards of AMREF (SA), the Health Systems Trust, the BIOVAC Institute, and the National Health Laboratory Service. He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the South African National AIDS Council and the board of the Council for Medical Schemes of South Africa. In addition, he serves on the scientific advisory boards of UNAIDS and the TB Alliance.

He has been a member of the ministerial committee on National Health Insurance and continues to lead the national effort to develop service benefits for various levels of care.

In 2018 he was awarded the Karel Styblo Medallion and presented with a certification of appreciation for leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis by KNCV.



Kevin WhelanKevin Whelan

Kevin Whelan is the Professor of Dietetics and Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. Following a BSc in Biochemistry, Kevin completed an MSc in Nutrition and Dietetics and worked as a clinical dietitian in nutritional support and gastroenterology. This was followed by a PhD in Nutritional Sciences researching prebiotics and the gut microbiome as well as an MA in Higher Education. Professor Whelan is a Principal Investigator leading a research programme exploring the interaction between diet, the gastrointestinal microbiota and health and disease. He has undertaken numerous multi-centre investigations of the microbiota in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome and patients receiving artificial nutrition, and the use of diet to modify these. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers on the topics of fibre, probiotics, prebiotics and FODMAPs. He is the Series Editor of the BDA book series ‘Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics’ which consists of four books on Gastroenterology, Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition Support and on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics and Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics. In 2012 he was awarded the Nutrition Society Cuthbertson Medal for clinical nutrition, in 2017 was appointed a Fellow of the British Dietetic Association and in 2018 delivered the Dr Elsie Widdowson Memorial Lecture.