Director of Nutrition and Health Systems

Mandana Arabi leads efforts to strengthen implementation of nutrition-specific interventions within the health system and at the community level with strong links to agriculture; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and other relevant sectors.

Mandana is a medical doctor who has worked for more than 15 years in public health nutrition, first as a nutrition technical expert with the Ministry of Health and the World Bank in Iran, and later as a child nutrition advisor with UNICEF in New York.

In 2012, as the founding executive director of the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, she led a global initiative to develop a research agenda for nutrition science and build partnerships across sectors to stimulate scientific research and move implementation of research outcomes toward better policy and program development. At the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), she led efforts to engage the public and private sectors in supporting action-oriented research to increase the availability and affordability of nutritious products and services for the most vulnerable populations. Recently, she helped lay the groundwork for UNICEF/WHO’s global consultation on indicators for the double burden of malnutrition and chronic disease in infants and young children.

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