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Speaker Bios - NUTRITION AND DIETS

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Stineke Oenema is nutritionist and agricultural economist. She is the first Executive Secretary of UN Nutrition, which was established in 2020. Prior to that, she was coordinator of the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN), the predecessor of UN Nutrition. From 2003 – 2015 she worked for an internationally operating NGO, being in charge of food and nutrition security policy and program development. Internationally and nationally, she chaired and facilitated several networks and multi-stakeholder groups. She was member of the editorial boards of the UNSCN Nutrition/News and the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch. As member of the first Independent Expert Group, she supported the development of the Global Nutrition Report during its initial years. She briefly worked at Wageningen University. In her early career, she worked for FAO and UNICEF in Ghana, Vietnam and Latin America. Central to her work is coherent and consistent nutrition policy, advocacy and programming in the UN system at both global and country levels.

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Sara E. Farley leads the global portfolio and spearheads integrated operations for The Rockefeller Foundation’s food team, leading such signature initiatives as the Food Systems Vision Prize.  Prior to joining the foundation she co-founded the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) which she led for a decade, nurturing it from a concept to an organization designated as one of the "Top 100 Social Innovations for the next century".  During her time at GKI, Sara cultivated a dynamic team that she led in the design and execution of GKI’s programs in systems research and evaluation, network optimization (e.g., facilitating/sustaining problem-solving networks), and collaborative innovation strategy setting (with partners including the World Bank, African Development Bank, UNESCO, etc.). With deep experience facilitating particularly complex problem solving for groups that straddle geographic, disciplinary, cultural and political boundaries, Sara brought more than 1,000 partners into strategic partnerships over the course of her career.  Prior to founding GKI, Sara spent a decade as an innovation strategist for the World Bank and other donor and development organizations.  She has been commissioned by national governments, and international development organizations to lead thinking, develop networks, and devise policies to strengthen developing countries' science and innovation capacity.  Before joining the World Bank, Sara graduated with honors in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University’s School of Engineering where she also earned a Masters degree in International Policy Studies. Following her time at Stanford, she was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow at the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she did postgraduate study in Technology Policy and Management.  Sara’s list of publications includes more than 70 monographs, studies, and papers.

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Wubet Girma leads GAIN’s work in Ethiopia, overseeing all programmes in the country including work on better diets for children, large-scale food fortification, and reducing postharvest loss. She has 15+ years' experience in international development and cultural relations with a track record of leadership in a wide array of multinational organizations vested in the acceleration of human, social, and economic capital.  Wubet joined GAIN from the British Council where she was the Deputy Director for Ethiopia.

 

 

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Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, a Master’s in rhetoric's and communication and diplomas in leadership. She has been working within nutrition, sport and health for more than 20 years – as part of government institution, NGO and agencies. As Head of the Division for Sustainable Diet and Health at DVFA, Anne has been overall responsible for the development of the Official Dietary Guidelines – good for health and climate, which was launched in 2021. For the first time ever, the Food Based Dietary Guidelines in Denmark has incorporated a focus on not only a healthy diet but also how to eat more climate-friendly. Anne is also in chairman at Nordic Working Group for Healthy, Safe and Sustainable Diet (HSSD) within the Nordic Council of Ministers.

 

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Roberto Azofeifa, Agronomist and Master in International Market Management. Extensionist with experience on sustainable agricultural production during 33 years at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica. Chief of Agro-environmental Production Department at the Extension Head Office. He has been author of several technical publications for farmers. He has participated in the process with regard to the Sustainable Food System Programme since 2011. He represents Costa Rica in several international groups with regard to sustainability in food systems like Global Alliance for CSA; Co-Leadership of Sustainable Food System One Planet Network; and Joint Working Party on Agriculture and the Environment at OCDE.

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Selamawit Negash Belayneh is working for UNICEF Cambodia Country Office in a Nutrition Specialist position since 2019. She has worked for UNICEF Nigeria and UNICEF Ethiopia Country offices as Nutrition Specialist from 2007 to 2019. Before joining UNICEF, Selamawit has worked for the World Health Organization (WHO), on immunization programs for 2 years, and she has worked for the Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia as head Nutrition, Research, and Program Follow up team for 5 years. She is experienced on large scale nutrition programs in both development and emergency settings. Selamawit has been supporting Governments, UN partners, Civil Society Organizations, underserved, underprivileged and nutritionally vulnerable communities through designing and implementation of sound and context specific nutrition policies and strategies, worked on innovations, evidence generation, capacity building and M&E for stunting reduction, micronutrients interventions, prevention and treatment of wasting. Selamawit Negash Belayneh obtained Master of Public Health (MPH) from Addis Ababa University.

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Per writes about food and wine in the weekend edition, DI Weekend of the Swedish daily business newspaper Dagens Industri. He co-founded and ran the gastronomic debate forum Skafferiet (The Pantry) in Stockholm and frequently appeared on Swedish public television SVT Gomorron Sverige 2012-2017 as an expert on food and beverages. At the innovation platform Openlab, run by four universities and Stockholm, Per is the host and editor of the podcast Matlaboratoriet made together with podcast producer Soundtelling.

His latest book, Smakens makt (The Power of Taste), is an autobiographical quest for the most captivating taste experiences worldwide. In the book, Per places the sense of taste in different contexts, all of which have great importance for society today. He also discusses the relationship between taste and the art of hospitality, the latest research on the interaction of the senses, the difficult task of eating both climate-friendly and healthy food, and the effects of myocardial infarction in 2014 on Per’s own diet and lifestyle.