SISN was formed in February 2015 in Lazio, Italy, by 39 members representing academia, practice, donor organizations, policy makers, government, think tanks, NGOs and foundations.

Our multi-sectoral Board of international implementation experts is led by Professor David Pelletier. The Board commits to maintaining a scientific and professional society that upholds the values of integrity, neutrality, inclusivity, transparency, accountability and continuous learning.


Board Members and staff operate in accordance with SISN’s By-laws, which can be viewed here.

Dr. David Pelletier

David Pelletier is Professor of Nutrition Policy in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. His research, teaching and public engagement focuses on improved methods for the analysis and design of nutrition policy, tools for the scaling up of nutrition interventions and the application of implementation science to nutrition. He has conducted or supervised research and project work in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, China, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru and Haiti.

He has consulted on nutrition strategy development with the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, WHO, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Academy for Educational Development and the International Food Policy Research Institute. His most recent projects include, the Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative, the Micronutrient Program Assessment Project, and the African Nutrition Security Partnership, a four-country project in collaboration with UNICEF to strengthen the implementation of national multisectoral nutrition policies, plans and programs.

Dr. Mandana Arabi

Mandana Arabi is a Senior Manager at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), leading the Business Platform for Nutrition Research, a multi-stakeholder platform for defining, funding and disseminating new research to improve nutrition in the developing world.

Mandana is an MD, PhD with more than 15 years of experience in international nutrition. 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 and activate a research agenda for nutrition science. Prior to that, she worked with UNICEF Headquarters in New York as an Infant and Young Child Nutrition adviser, and at the Ministry of Health in Iran as a research advisor and project liaison for the World Bank.

She has contributed to various global guidance documents including the UNICEF Infant and Young Child Programming Guide and the WHO Indicators for Infant and Young Child Feeding, and the development and publication of a special issue of Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: “Every Child’s Potential: Integrating Nutrition and Early Childhood Development Interventions.”

Dr. Eva Monterrosa

Eva Monterrosa is a dietitian and scientist who brings a decade of research and professional experience to maternal and child nutrition, drawing on the principles of scientific inquiry and professional ethical practice to create innovations in the public health and market sectors. She works in the domains of formative research, project design and planning, and monitoring and evaluation, and demand-creation for culturally appropriate nutrition solutions. In her current role as Sr. Scientific Manager at Sight and Life, she leads the implementation science area, managing a broad portfolio that includes food supplements and market delivery models, behavior change communication models for complementary feeding, women’s nutrition, and nutrition and WASH. She also offers strategic advice to partners in academia and UN agencies on design and implementation of nutrition programs and assists WFP in behavior change communication.  Eva Monterrosa holds a PhD from Cornell University.

Dr. Luz Maria De-Regil

Luz María De-Regil has 15 years of international work experience in maternal and infant nutrition, public health research and policy making, and hands-on experience in managing and leading multi-disciplinary teams.

As the Director of Research and Evaluation at Nutrition International (NI), Luz María is responsible for NI’s surveillance, implementation research, and program evaluation strategies. She leads the generation and translation of new evidence to influence policy and practice globally and also plays an active role in the strategic management of NI.

Luz María has authored multiple articles in internationally revered scientific journals and acts as Peer Reviewer, Editorial Board Member and Advisor for several publications. She also serves as an Advisor on ethics, methodology and public health nutrition to regional and global organizations, including WHO and its regional offices, and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her work as Co-chair of the Micronutrient Forum and as a Board Member for the Iodine Global Network and Food Fortification Initiative help facilitate the communication and coordination among nutrition actors and across nutrition-sensitive sectors.

Luz María holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences, a Master’s degree in Sciences as well as a Graduate studies in International Negotiation and Policy Making. She also has a Doctorate of Sciences in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology.

Prior to joining NI, Luz María held positions at the National Institute of Perinatology and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico; the Children’s Hospital Research Institute in Oakland, CA, USA; and the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Karin Lapping

Karin Lapping has spent the past seventeen years working in public health nutrition for international non-governmental organizations. In August 2016 Karin re-joined Alive & Thrive (A&T), a global nutrition initiative managed by FHI360, as Project Director. Prior to A&T, Karin Lapping was Senior Nutrition Director at Save the Children (SC) from 2012. Karin has also served as Senior Nutrition Advisor for A&T, School Health and Nutrition (SHN) Advisor and Team Leader for SC. Karin lived and worked in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 2006-2009 first as the Country Coordinator for the Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative and then as the Asia Area Nutrition Advisor for SC. Karin started her career working for SC in refugee camps in Pakistan. In addition to Viet Nam and Pakistan, Karin has lived in Nepal and Zimbabwe. Karin holds an MPH from Emory University and received her PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.

Dr. Marie Ruel

Marie T. Ruel has been Director of the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI)’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division since 2004. Marie has worked for more than 25 years on policies and programs to alleviate poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. She has published extensively in nutrition and epidemiology journals on topics related to maternal and child nutrition, with a focus on program evaluation and implementation science research. Her current research focuses on the evaluation and strengthening of a wide range of integrated, multi-sectoral development programs in the areas of agriculture, social protection and health, and at building the evidence on their role in reducing maternal and child malnutrition globally. Prior to IFPRI, she was head of the Nutrition and Health Division at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama/Pan American Health Organization (INCAP/PAHO) in Guatemala. Marie received her PhD in International Nutrition from Cornell University and her Masters in Health Sciences from Laval University in Canada.

Dr. Gilles Bergeron

Gilles Bergeron has worked in international food security and nutrition for more than 25 years. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and is Executive Director of the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science. Prior to joining the NYAS, he spent 18 years as Director for Country Programs at the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance (FANTA) Project, overseeing work in emergency nutrition; nutrition and infectious diseases; maternal and child health and nutrition; and agriculture/nutrition linkages. He also spent 6 years with the International Food Policy Research Institute, in Washington; and 3 years with the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama in Guatemala. He has extensive field experience, and has published in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, Advances in Nutrition, the Journal of Development Studies, and World Development. He received his PhD in development sociology from Cornell University in 1994.

Dr. Alison Tumilowicz

Alison Tumilowicz has more than 15 years of experience in the prevention and treatment of undernutrition, management of country-level operations, development of global technical guidance, and implementation research. As Senior Technical Specialist in Monitoring, Learning and Research at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Alison is strengthening the generation and utilization of evidence to improve program design and delivery. Prior to joining GAIN, she worked as a technical advisor with the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance Project / FHI 360 in Guatemala, Mozambique and Washington, DC. Alison holds a Ph.D. in international nutrition from Cornell University and MPH from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Klaus Kraemer

Dr Klaus Kraemer is the Managing Director of Sight and Life Foundation,  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.

Guided by the vision of a world free of malnutrition, Sight and Life focuses on implementation research and leadership development to empower organizations and individuals to deliver smart solutions. Its three strategic areas are to advance research, share best practices, and mobilize support to benefit the world’s undernourished. As a nutrition scientist with over 25 years of experience Klaus has expertise in research and product development, program implementation and evaluation, advocacy, communication, strategic and organizational leadership in the fields of nutrition and public health. His interests range from implementation science and capacity and leadership development to enable the scaling-up of nutrition interventions, to food and nutrition security, nutrition communication, and advocacy. Klaus provides leadership, vision, and direction, guides a global team, interacts with funders and partners, and serves as its key spokesperson. Klaus is the editor of Sight and Life magazine, one of the most widely read scientific magazines on food, nutrition and health in the developing world. He serves several professional societies dedicated to nutrition, vitamins, and antioxidants, is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals, has published 130 scientific articles, reviews, and book chapters, has co-edited 11 books, coordinated 4 special supplements and is co-inventor of more than 20 patents.

Dr. Gretel Pelto

Professor Pelto is a Graduate Professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University. She uses her anthropological training to inform studies on social determinants of nutrition, barriers to effective nutrition and health interventions, and the use of focused ethnography in implementation research for nutrition programs. She is a dedicated mentor, shifting her efforts between academic and program management activities. The latter includes leading a behavioral research programme on child health at WHO. She is active in fostering dissemination of research, including editorial responsibilities and publishing. Her publications include more than 160 research articles, 14 books and monographs and 35 technical reports and manuals. Her honors include the Malinowski Award, awarded “to an outstanding social scientist in recognition of efforts to understand and serve the needs of the world’s societies…”, the Kellogg Award in International Nutrition, an honorary doctorate from the University of Helsinki, and Fellow, American Society for Nutrition and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

You can read details of the Society’s Lazio Declaration here.