After being exposed to the dramatic difference that nutrition, as a ‘preventive medicine’, can make on individual and country population health, through a job at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, I decided this was a field that could really make an impact. As a result, I found Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and enrolled in 2005. While there I was given the opportunity to work with the International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders and a UNICEF child survival programme, both in India, where I developed an insatiable passion for micronutrients, and the power these tiny particles can have on health (including both communicable and non-communicable disease) and country economies.
After completing my MS in International Nutrition and MPH in global health from Tufts, I worked for two years at Yale University’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health, leading management and leadership training programmes for health care professionals in Liberia and Ethiopia. Currently, I direct the design and implementation of food fortification programmes for a US-based INGO, Project Healthy Children (PHC), where we work in close collaboration with governments in five different countries to address micronutrient malnutrition.