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HMHB Steering Committee

The Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Consortium is guided by a Steering Committee that strives to represent the perspectives of all Consortium members and stakeholders.

We invite nominations for country representatives to join the Steering Committee. Please send nominations (name, affiliation, contact details, and short CV) to [email protected].

Dr. Endang Achadi

Dr. Endang Achadi is currently a Professor at Faculty of Public Health Universitas Indonesia (FPH UI) and was the Chair of the Public Health Nutrition Department. She has served as the Country Director of USAID/MotherCare, Country Technical Partner Leader, IMMPACT (Initiative for Maternal Mortality Program Assessment), Project lead, University of Aberdeen; and COO, SEAMEO RECFON (Southeast Asia Minister of Education Organization Regional Center for Food and Nutrition).

Dr. Clayton Ajello

Clayton Ajello is an infectious disease epidemiologist with lengthy academic, non-profit, and private sector experience supporting improved global public health. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Micronutrient Forum, university foundations, and the Vitamin Angels Alliance, where he also serves as Senior Technical Advisor. He is Senior Technical Advisor to Kirk Humanitarian.

Dr. Parul Christian

Parul Christian is a Professor, Director, Human Nutrition Program, and Associate Chair, Department of International Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. As a nutritionist, public health specialist and epidemiologist, Dr. Christian has a broad research portfolio in maternal and child nutrition focused on scientific advances in promoting growth, resilience and survival in early life through effective solutions for the low-income context.

Dr. Asrat Dibaba

Dr. Asrat Dibaba, MD, MPH, is a seasoned healthcare expert with 20+ years of experience in clinical practice, health system strengthening, and program management. He’s worked across Ethiopia, Liberia, Cambodia, Sudan, Kenya, and Asia, focusing on disease control, nutrition, and reproductive health. He also excels in research, evidenced by his role as Research Lead at World Vision Canada. Currently, he serves as Chief of Party for a multi-country initiative in Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, and Somalia, running from 2023-2030. Dr. Asrat is a recognized authority in MNCH/FP/RH research and is published in various journals.

Dr. Kristen Hurley

Kristen Hurley, PHD, MPH is a public health nutritionist with field experience in maternal and child health and nutrition. Her domestic and international research interests focus on the intersections between maternal and child nutritional status and early child growth and development. Dr. Hurley is an Associate Professor of Human Nutrition within the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and serves as the Senior VP for Nutrition at Vitamin Angels Alliance.

Dr. Klaus Kraemer

Klaus Kraemer is the Managing Director of Sight and Life, a nutrition think tank headquartered in Switzerland, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA. Klaus is the editor of Sight and Life magazine, one of the most widely read scientific magazines on food, nutrition, and health in low- and middle-income countries.

Dr. Katharina Lichtner

Katharina Lichtner is Managing Director of the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation (FLRF), a global philanthropy dedicated to advancing breastfeeding and breastmilk. Dr. Lichtner trained in biochemistry and molecular biology and holds a PhD in immunology. She speaks at global investing and health conferences and has served on various Boards of Directors, most currently the Swiss Technology Fund Guarantees Committee.

Emily Mates

Emily Mates has recently joined UNICEF as the Maternal Nutrition Specialist. She has worked in the field of public health and nutrition for over 20 years across many countries in Africa and Asia. She is delighted to be able to focus more on the critical but currently neglected area of improved nutrition for women, in their own right as well as during their reproductive role. For the last decade she was a Technical Director with Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN), leading multiple workstreams including work on wasting, stunting in emergencies, adolescent and women’s nutrition.

Dr. Saskia Osendarp

Saskia Osendarp is the Executive Director of the Micronutrient Forum. She has more than 25 years of experience in international nutrition research, in the public and private sectors and is a visiting associate professor Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Recently, she co-founded and co-leads the Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium, a collaboration of experts analyzing the impact and responses of the COVID19 crisis on malnutrition.

Dr. Alison Tumilowicz

Alison Tumilowicz is a Senior Program Officer on the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She focuses on the maternal, infant, and young child nutrition investments and answers questions about how implementation can be improved so that interventions can have a greater impact at scale. Previously, she worked with GAIN and was the country manager and technical advisor for Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project / FHI 360 in Guatemala, Mozambique, and Washington, DC. She is a Registered Dietitian with a Ph.D. in international nutrition from Cornell University and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. 


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