M. Ann Tutwiler is the Director General of Bioversity International, a global research-for-development organization focused on using and safeguarding agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food and nutrition security. Bioversity International is a CGIAR Research Centre.

Ann Tutwiler has almost 30 years of experience in agricultural policy and development working in the public and private sectors. She was formerly the Special Representative of the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Geneva, and served as FAO Deputy Director General for Knowledge. Previously, she worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Hewlett Foundation and a multinational agribusiness firm. In 2002, she co-founded a global think tank in agricultural trade policy

Mark Wahlqvist is an Adelaide and Uppsala Universities’ graduate, and he has pursued a career in clinical medicine, public health and nutrition. He held the first Australian Chair of Human Nutrition, at Deakin, and was Professor and Head of Medicine at Monash University and the Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. He has held senior appointments at Universities and Research Institutes in Australia, Sweden, Indonesia, Taiwan and China. He has led scientific, academic, food safety, food-and-nutrition policy, and community-based organisations. He was President of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences; and APJCN Editor-in-Chief. His principle scientific contributions have been in socioeconutritional approaches to cross-cultural health.


Anura Kurpad is Professor & Head of Physiology and Nutrition, at St John’s Medical College, and was the Founding Dean of St John’s Research Institute, Bangalore. He is the Head of the first IAEA Collaborating Centre on Nutrition, and Past-President of the Nutrition Society of India.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, National Academy of Medical Sciences; and the IUNS.  He is also Margdarshi Fellow of the Wellcome Trust-DBT India Alliance. He has over 375 papers, and is co-author of Guyton’s Textbook of Physiology, Co-Editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is Chair of the Nutrition and Fortification Scientific Panel of the FSSAI, co-Chair of the ICMR Expert Committee on the RDA of Indians; and the FAO Codex Expert Committee on Protein Quality of RUTF.

Catherine Geissler Currently Professor Emerita of Human Nutrition, King’s College London; Secretary General of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) (2013-2017, 2017-2021) and immediate Past President of The Nutrition Society (UK and Ireland) (2013-16).

Main research interests: international public health nutrition; energy metabolism and obesity; iron metabolism. More than 200 academic publications including text books: Geissler & Powers: Human Nutrition, 11th (2005),12th (2010) & 13th  (2017) editions; Geissler & Powers: Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (2009); Vaughan and Geissler. The New Oxford Book of Food Plants. 1st (1997) & 2nd (2005) editions. Consultant to international development agencies with work in Iran, Haiti, Mauritius, Sierra Leone, Niger, Benin, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Yemen, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and China.


Helmut Heseker, PhD Since 1997 professor for nutritional sciences at the Institute of Nutrition, Consumption and Health of Paderborn University in Germany. His research is focussing on the nutrition and health situation of children and the prevention of obesity as well as on nutrition and health education. He is the principal investigator of F&D projects to reduce the prevalence of overweight and obesity of children and youth. Nutrition and health of elderly people is another main topic. From 2010 to 2016 he served as president of the German Nutrition Society. Since 2013 he is IUNS officer and IUNS treasurer.

Professor Paul Sharp is Head of Department of Nutrition & Dietetics and Professor of Nutritional Sciences at King’s College London. His group use in vitro models to understand the mechanisms involved in mineral absorption by human intestinal epithelial cells. He currently leads a BBSRC-funded project to assess the impact of novel food processing methods on iron and zinc bioavailability from cereals. In collaboration with the John Innes Centre, University of Manchester and Rothamsted Research, he is working on a project to determine iron and zinc availability from novel micronutrient-enriched wheat lines. He is co-investigator on a Wellcome Trust funded project to establish the London Metallomics Facility at King’s College London for detailed analysis of levels, speciation and localisation of minerals in tissues and biological fluids.


Jeanne de Vries is assistant professor dietary assessment methodology and dietary advice and coordinator of the Dietary Assessment and Behaviour group at the Division of Human Nutrition and Health of Wageningen University in the Netherlands. A major focus in her research is the development of new dietary assessment tools and performance of validation studies to assess measurement error in assessing dietary intake. She is (co-)-author of more than 100 original research papers of which a major number in the field of dietary assessment addressing different age groups and populations.

Seth Adu-Afarwuah, PhD is a Senior Lecturer of Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana. He obtained his PhD in International Nutrition from the University of California, Davis, USA. Dr AduAfarwuah’s research is in the area of the prevention and treatment of maternal and child undernutrition. He has participated in some of the pioneering research on the use of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNSs) in low-income settings, and has contributed to many publications on the impact of SQ-LNS supplementation on maternal and infant nutrition.


Dr. U. Ruth Charrondière holds a Master and PhD in Nutrition.  She has worked on food composition, biodiversity, dietary assessment, breastfeeding, sustainable diets and exposure assessment. She has worked with WHO, UNICEF and FAO and is since 2011 the coordinator of INFOODS (International Network of Food Data Systems). She made great contributions to capacity and standard development and data availability in food composition for which she received the Nevin Scrimshaw Award in 2015, the highest possible award in the area in food composition.

Jyoti Prakash Tamang is working as Professor and Dean of Sikkim Central University. He is working on cultural aspects, microbiology, nutrition and health benefits of ethnic fermented foods and beverages for last 32 years. He has more than 148 publications and authored several books. He was awarded National Bioscience Award of Department of Biotechnology (2005), the United Nations University Women Association-Award, Japan (1995) and Gourmand Award, Paris (2010). He is Fellows of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, National Academy of Biological Sciences, Association of Microbiologists of India, Biotech Research Society of India.


Paul Finglas joined the Quadram Institute in 1981 and is head of the Food Databanks National Capability  Paul has over 170 publications covering his research in food composition and analysis, food description, quality and food matching, dietary intake assessment, nutritional labelling, health claims, and personalised nutrition advice.  He currently explores ways to integrate food composition and consumption data into food and health research infrastructures. Paul has co-coordinated international projects including the EU EuroFIR Network of Excellence and Nexus projects, is President of EuroFIR AISBL, and a member of the FAO INFOODS network.  Paul is editor of Food Chemistry, and Trends in Food Science and Technology.

Melanie Lowie worked for the Scientific Institute for Public Health for a year before joining EuroFIR AISBL in 2013 as Managing Editor for Food Chemistry, Elsevier’s flagship research journal in food science. Her role is to receive and manage incoming submissions through the manuscript submission system and to determine whether the manuscripts are in scope, meet the required formatting, abide by scientific standards for integrity and objectivity and do not infringe the proprietary rights of others. Melanie then assigns the manuscript to the Editors for handling and review.


Nazma Shaheen is Professor and former Director, Institute of Nutrition and Food science, DU, Dhaka. Her 31-year-long teaching experience in the field of Nutrition and Food Science to generate relevant professionals in Bangladesh coupled with practical research experience as prominent food scientist and public health nutritionist have helped her to contribute significantly to the development of effective policies and programs at the national level. Nazma and her team are responsible for the Bangladesh Food Composition Tables and she is the Focal Person of Bangladesh for “SAARCFOODS” under INFOODS/FAO. Her research interest is food composition, functionality, heavy metal content and their health impact

Amin bin Ismail is a Professor in the field of “Food Chemistry and Biochemistry” at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). Currently he is a Director of Center for Quality Assurance of UPM. His research areas focus on exploring of underutilised plants for human nutrition and health-promoting properties. Dr. Amin has graduated 15 PhD and 25 MSc students. To date, Amin has more than 200 publications, and his h-index is 34 (based on SCOPUS). Currently, he is an Associate Editor for “Food Chemistry.” Since 2012, he has been appointed a Visiting Researcher at the Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanning, China.


Dr. Gina Kennedy is a Senior Scientist with Bioversity International in the Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. She is also Chair of the IUNS Task Force on Traditional and Indigenous Food Systems and Nutrition.  Her research interests include dietary diversity and diet quality and assessment of nutritional problems in developing countries. For the past ten years she has worked on nutrition assessment in developing countries, including assessing the contribution of agricultural  biodiversity  on nutrient intake.   Prior to joining Bioversity she worked for the Nutrition Division of FAO on food-based indicators for use in food and nutrition security programs, nutrition assessment and nutrient requirements.

Barbara Stadlmayr studied Nutritional Science at the University of Vienna. Thereafter, she worked at the nutrition division of FAO supporting countries in establishing national/regional food composition databases and assisting in trainings. She is currently working at the Centre for Development Research at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna and is involved in projects with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Kenya on Food trees for diversified diets, improved nutrition, and better livelihoods for smallholders in East Africa. Her research interests include the link between agriculture and food systems for better nutrition and the potential of indigenous foods to improve diet quality.


Fernanda Grande is a Nutritionist and holds a PhD in Applied Human Nutrition (University of São Paulo, Brazil). Her main focus is on food composition and biodiversity. She has been working on food composition since 2009 and is a skilled food composition compiler with experience on database development. Fernanda worked on the restructuration of the Brazilian Food Composition Table and is a member of the Food Research Center (FoRC/CEPID/FAPESP). She began working with the Food and Agriculture Organization in 2015 as a consultant in food composition assisting on the development of different food composition databases.

Dr. Harcharan Singh Dhaliwal , the Vice Chancellor of Eternal University, Baru Sahib, Himachal Pradesh since August 2013, passed his B. Sc. Agriculture form Panjab University in 1967; M.Sc. Plant Breeding from PAU, Ludhiana in 1969 and Ph. D. Genetics from University of California, Riverside in 1975. He was the Founder Director of Biotechnology Centre PAU, Ludhiana where he worked for about 30 years at various positions. He has been the member and chairperson of several committees and task forces of DBT, DST and ICAR and has won several awards and honors. His main interest has been in the improvement of  crop plants for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance and nutritional quality using wide hybridization and molecular breeding.

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Dr. Vishweshwaraiah Prakash​ is currently the President of ISNANN, INDIA; Vice-President of IUNS, UK; Chairman, India Region of EHEDG, Germany; Adjunct Professor at RUAS, Bangalore, India; Former Director of CFTRI, Mysore, India and Distinguished Scientist of CSIR, India.  He has received more than 60 National and International awards including one of the high Civilian Awards Padmashree from Government of India; Coveted Bhatnagar Award for Science and Technology and Rajyothsava award and several Lifetime Achievement Awards from various organizations in India and Abroad. Dr. Prakash’s Scientific Contribution in the area of Food Science, Food Technology, Chemistry and Biochemistry of Foods, Innovative Product Development, Biotechnology, Nutraceuticals, Food Safety and Nutrition and Clinical Analysis is vast and in depth with new Innovations and Technologies resulting in 206 peer reviewed research publications, 55 Patents, nearly 50 Ph.Ds degrees (some are Masters) guided and author of 12 Books.

Dr. D.K. Shukla, Scientist-G, is presently the Coordinator (Projects) at ICMR Hq., New Delhi. He completed his Ph.D. Degree, AIIMS, New Delhi in the area of   Applied Biostatistics (Prediction model in Coronary Heart Disease & Hypertension).  He has around 38 years of experience working in different agencies.  He started his career at the National Informatic Centre (NIC) and worked in a ICMR project at Department of Psychiatry & Biostatistics, A.I.I.M.S., New Delhi.  Subsequently he joined the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and worked   at different capacities. He was the Head (NCD) during Feb 2013 to Feb 2016 and Director In-Charge, ICMR-NIMS, during Feb 2017 – Dec 2017.  His specialisation is in the area of   Chronic Diseases including NCD Surveillance, Burden of Diseases etc.


Prof Kalia is Emeritus Scientist and former Head, Vegetable Science Division , ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. He has made outstanding contribution in improvement of vegetable crops, especially in the areas of resistance breeding. Of late, he has developed the first ever bred b-carotene rich variety Pusa Kesari VitA-1with b-carotene enhancing Or gene. Dr. Kalia has published more than 90 research papers and is the recipient of Commonwealth scholarship, Dr. Kirti Singh Gold Medal, Dr B. Choudhary Memorial Best Vegetable Scientist Award, ICAR-Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Award and many more. He is also fellow of Horticultural Society of India, Indian Society of Vegetable Science and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS).

Ashi Kohli Kathuria, is a Senior Nutrition Specialist with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. She provides technical leadership to the Bank’s engagement in nutrition in India, and supports the Bank’s nutrition efforts in other countries in South Asia and the Pacific. With a special focus on maternal and child health and nutrition in large scale public health-nutrition programs, Ashi has a keen interest in multi-sectoral actions and approaches to improve nutrition, over the past several years she has been leading and contributing to the Bank’s multi-sectoral work for nutrition in several countries.


Alan Dangour is a Professor of Food and Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Alan’s early research career focused on nutrition in older age.  Since 2009, he has become increasingly involved in the connections between environment, agriculture, nutrition and health.  Alan Dangour now runs a large portfolio of interdisciplinary and intersectoral research with an international focus that he has developed with an exciting team of researchers with expertise in epidemiological and mathematical modelling, soil and agricultural science, environmental assessment, climate science, nutrition and health.

Nasrin Omidvar is a PhD, MSc in Nutritional Sciences. She acts as a professor in the Department of Community Nutrition, National Nutrition and Food Technology Research Institute; and Faculty of Nutrition Sciences and Food Technology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Her major research interest are child and adolescent nutrition, nutrition behavior and communication, food security, and nutrition program evaluation. She is one of the national leaders of a World Bank supported project on Capacity building in Graduate Level Training in Nutrition in Iran which has led to MSc Community Nutrition and PhD Food and Nutrition Policy programs.


DR.S.B. DANDIN, Liaison Officer  Bioversity International and Former and Founder Vice-Chancellor,  University of Horticultural Sciences,  Bagalkot. Karnataka, India 587 102

 Dr. S. B. Dandin, presently working as Consultant and Liaison Officer, Bioversity International,

(A CGIAR Institution, Rome) Bangalore Office was the Former and Founder Vice-Chancellor, University of Horticultural sciences, Bagalkot from 2008 to 2014. Dr. Dandin in his scientific carrier of nearly 40 years in different fields has developed and popularized two high yielding cardamom varieties, four high yielding mulberry varieties and evolved three silkworm races. He is a fellow of six Academic Societies and has guided 19 students for their Doctoral degree He is a recipient of prestigious International and National awards

Professor Visith Chavasit is faculty member at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Thailand. He graduated Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science from Department of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University, USA. During 2007-2015, he was the director of Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University. His research interests are on food fortification and health food product development, which allowed him to be consultants for many international organizations such as ICCIDD, World Bank, GAIN, UNICEF as well as Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration. A number of his innovations and developments have been adopted for commercialization and national policies.

C.S.C. Sekhar is currently Professor of Economics at the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) and Honorary Director of Agricultural Economics Research Centre, University of Delhi, India.He received hisPh.Din Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and Bachelor’s degree in Law (LL.B) from Delhi University. His areas of teaching and research areApplied Econometrics, agricultural markets & price formation, internationalcommodity markets and agri trade. He is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship in 2012-13; DK Desai Award for the best research paper in Agricultural Economics in 2003 and was also a medal finalist at the GDN (Global Development Network) conferences in 2004 and 2008. Several of his research papers have appeared in national and international journals of repute. Heregularlycontributes articles on contemporary policy issues to popular national newspapers.

Baukje de Roos is a Professor in Nutrition and Deputy Director of the Rowett Institute at the University of Aberdeen. Her research program assesses how foods and diets affect the development of chronic diseases, and resilience to disease development. Her current Scottish Government-funded farm-to-fork research program investigates the effects of farmed seafood on heart health and micronutrient status, applying state-of-the-art tools for self-assessment of status and health. She is the CEO of the Nutrigenomics Organisation (NuGO), a global network of over 28 Universities and Research Institutes, focusing on jointly developing the existing research area of nutrigenomics and personalised nutrition.


J.V. Meenakshi is Professor at the Delhi School of Economics, where she teaches courses in econometrics and food and agricultural policy. Her recent research areas include: the economics of health, nutrition and food; and microeconomics of cereal and water markets. The primary geographical focus of her research is India but she has also worked on several countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research is informed by active collaborations with nutritionists, medical professionals, and policy makers. She serves as an associate editor of Agricultural Economics and the Indian Economic Review. She is cuirrently a member of the National Statistical Commission, Government of India.

Dr. Kuldeep Singh, is presently a Director of ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi. He did post-doc studies at IRRI, Philippines and worked at Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana for nearly 25 years as Plant Breeder, Sr. Molecular Geneticist, Director School of Agril. Biotechnology.  Has worked in the area of Genomics, Molecular Breeding and Wide Hybridization with the objective of  creating diversity in crop gene base, developing biotic/abiotic stress tolerant varieties, enhancing iron and zinc in grains. Five varieties of wheat and two of rice are released which were developed by him. He has more than 95 research publications, published in peer reviewed international journals such as Science, Scientific Reports, PNAS, Genetics, TAG, PLoS ONE, Crop Science, Molecular Breeding, Theor Appl Genet. Euphytica.


Uma Lele has an MS and PhDin Applied Economics from Cornell University. She is President Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, affiliated with the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. She hasmore than four decades of experience in research, operations, policy analysis, and evaluation,a major part of it acquiredworking in the World Bank in Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has taught at Cornell University and the University of Florida and worked with several organizations including FAO, CGIAR, IFAD, the Carter Center, and the M.S. Swaminathan Foundation. Published extensively she is a recipient of many awards.

Professor Schönfeldt is the director of the new African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Centre of Excellence for Food Security led by the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She holds a Department of Science and Technology (DST)/National Research Foundation (NRF) South AfricanResearch Chairs Initiative (SARChl) chair in the National Development Plan Priority Area of Nutrition and Food Security.

Her research focuses on linking nutrient quantity and quality of foods to sustainable food systemsfor attaining nutrition and food security for all. She continuallypublishes evidence on why country specific food composition data is essential to make it possible to interpret the dietary outcomes of countries from both an under- and over-nutrition perspective. She serves as scientific advisor to AFROFOODS, a network on the African continent, training 164 individual participants from 24 different African countries forming part of IUNS/UNU/FAO INFOODS Task Force.


Sylvia Fernandez Rao, Ph.D. is a psychologist who conducts research to promote nutrition and early child development. At the National Institute of Nutrition Dr.Fernandez Rao’s research activities focus on developing interventions stratergies to promote early child development and responsive parenting to strengthen child and caregiving-related outcomes through existing, nutrition, health and education systems. Her work also involves capacity building for frontline health workers for the effective delivery of interventions to promote Infant and young child feeding and early child development. Dr.FernanadezRao has worked on Micronutrients and Nutrition education interventions with a focus on integrating nutrition and child development, by developing culturally appropriate interventions for improving diet quality and home environment to promote development and reduce disparities.

Bharati Kulkarni heads Clinical Division at National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. A medical graduate with specialization in pediatrics, she also holds Master of Public Health (JHSPH, USA) and PhD (QUT, Australia).

Her research focuses on ways to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable population groups, especially women and children. She has carried out studies on important public health nutrition problems including management of severe acute malnutrition in children, nutritional interventions to improve maternal nutrition, the linkages between agriculture and nutrition, and agricultural interventions to improve nutritional status of women and children.


Majid Ezzati is Professor of Global Environmental Health at Imperial College London.  He is the Director of Wellcome Trust-Imperial Centre for Global Health Research, and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on NCD Surveillance and Epidemiology.

Majid and his research group have conducted field studies on air pollution in many countris. He led the World Health Organization’s Comparative Risk Assessment Study of analysis of behavioural, environmental, nutritional, psychosocial, and metabolic risk factors and formed the scientific core of World Health Report 2002: Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life. Majid leads the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration ( a worldwide to strengthen the evidence on exposure and health effects of NCD risk factors. He is a fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Scott joined IFPRI’s Poverty Health and Nutrition Division in 2016 and conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region. He has experience working on iron deficiency and anemia, adolescent health, biofortification, human functional outcomes such as cognition, behavior change communication strategies, women’s self-help groups, school feeding programs, and health systems. Dr. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.


Dr. Kaosar Afsana

Dr. Kaosar Afsana has been working at BRAC in Bangladesh for over 26 years, currently, as the Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Programme. She is a Professor at James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh. Dr. Afsana is an MD with MPH from Harvard University, USA and PhD from Edith Cowan University, Australia. She has been honored with many prestigious awards for her academic achievements and contribution to maternal and child health and women’s empowerment. Dr. Afsana has published widely including books and papers in journals and books. She is also actively engaged at national and global levels playing a critical role in policy-making, and planning and providing technical guidance, particularly, in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health and nutrition and universal health coverage.

Dr. Purvi Mehta is the Deputy Director and Head of Asia for Agriculture at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She has her formal education, upto PhD, from M.S. University, India, Tokyo University, Japan and North Carolina State University- USA. Dr. Mehta has worked with the CGIAR, as head of Asia for the International Livestock Research Institute and also as head of South Asia Biosafety program (IFPRI, USAID), and brings a blend of Asia and Africa experience.

She is on board of several organizations, including, International Alliance for Ecology and Health-Canada, International Centre for Rural Agriculture-Netherlands, Independent Director on Board of National Commodity Derivatives Exchange Ltd (NCDEX) etc. She is honorary professor at Amity University-India and visiting Scientist at Cornell University. She has been closely associated with several agriculture and nutrition policy platforms in India, South East Asia and Africa and serves on several committees and advisory panels. She was the recipient of Agriculture Today Award-2014, for her contributions to agriculture policies in South Asia. Dr. Mehta has two books and over 50 publications to her credit.


Dr. Srivalli Krishnan

Senior Program Officer, Enabling Country Systems-Asia

Dr. Srivalli Krishnan is the Senior Program Officer – Agricultural Development – Asia at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and focuses on agricultural programs in India and Bangladesh. She is also the lead for all livestock, digital ag and food systems programs in India. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she was with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) India Office as the coordinator for agriculture and climate change programs in India, Africa and Asia region; and with the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry providing technical and policy advise to enhance Australia’s bilateral engagement with India in agriculture trade, economy and policy. Dr. Krishnan holds PhD in Crop breeding and genetics from TERI University, and has done Graduate work with Cornell University; Masters in Life Sciences from the University of Delhi and advanced diploma in Intellectual Property Law from WIPO Academy, Geneva.

Dr. E.D. Israel Oliver King, Principal Scientist, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, holds a Ph.D in Botany. In over more than 20 years of work at MSSRF, he has been involved in developing innovative community based models for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. His varied experience covers gender and conservation, genetic literacy, community institution building and livelihoods, among other areas. He is a noted expert in Environmental Information Systems (ENVIS) node and Centre of Excellence on Ecological Heritage sites-Sacred Forests.


Dr. Laxmaiah has an academic background in Medicine, Public Healthand Epidemiology, hands on professional experience in Public Health Nutrition at the ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad since more than 25 years. He has been carried out several large scale epidemiological studies, operational research and randomized clinical trials (RCTs) in the field of Public Health Nutrition and he is a faculty member in many regular and adhoc training programmes. He has published more than 100 papers in National & International journals like The Lancet, BMJ, Obesity Research, IJMR. He is subject Expert member in several health and nutrition committees of various Ministries, Government of India. Currently, he has been working as Scientist G & Head, Division of Public Health Nutrition, ICMR- National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad.

Born on 15th November, 1936, Dr. K.L. Chadha obtained Ph.D. (Hort) from IARI, New Delhi. Occupying key positions e.g. DDG, Hort (ICAR) and Horticulture Commissioner (GoI), he steered R&D of horticulture for five decades. He has established a number of Institutes and National Research Centres. He has been President of 9, Vice -President of 6 national societies including NAAS and received 24 awards, including Padma Shri, Borlaug Award, Om Prakash Bhasin Award, B.P. Pal Memorial Award, Agricultural Leadership Award. He was conferred D.Sc. (h.c.) by 3 agricultural universities. He is currently President of the Horticultural Society of India, New Delhi.


Dr. Xuan Li is Senior Policy Officer and Delivery Manager of Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger, Food and Agriculture of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (RAP), Bangkok. Before she moved to RAP, she was Attaché de Cabinet of Office of the Director-General, FAO, Rome, Italy. Prior to joining the FAO, she was Programme Coordinator of Innovation, Access to Knowledge Programme and Lead Economist at South Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. She has been working on food security, international trade, intellectual property and sustainable development issues at the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Her academic credentials include a Ph.D in Economics from Switzerland, a Ph.D in International Law from Switzerland.