FFI Global Staff

Our team members facilitate collaboration among partners to advance cereal grain fortification worldwide. Contact the individuals listed below for questions about their area of expertise.

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Ronald Afidra

Africa Network Coordinator


Ronald has worked as a food fortification advisor and monitoring specialist in the public, private and civic sectors, focusing on design, enactment of standards, implementation, enforcement, and monitoring and evaluation of fortification programs. With FFI, he supports flour fortification efforts with public, private and development partners in African countries to address health and nutrition challenges. Contact Ronald for information on fortification efforts in Africa.

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Parveen Bhalla

Coordinator, Haryana Demonstration Project


Parveen Bhalla has more than 10 years of experience across immunization, nutrition, and maternal and child health programs. He has a master’s degree in public health from PGIMER, Chandigarh (India) and a master’s degree in business administration in health care management. Prior to joining FFI, he was working as a state technical officer cum OSD to Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister in  Haryana, India, supporting various flagship programs across health and nutrition sector. He also worked as a health system specialist with CARE India and held various other middle management positions with Deloitte and UNICEF. His brings skills across program implementation, liaising, capacity building, and supportive supervision. Contact him with questions about wheat flour fortification in India.
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Karen Codling

Executive Officer - Asia


Karen has worked in public nutrition for more than 15 years, including a former assignment as the UNICEF Regional Nutrition Specialist for the East Asia and Pacific Region. She has been with FFI since 2008, supporting fortification in the Asia Region. Contact her regarding wheat flour and rice fortification in Asia.

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Sharon Dorsey

Program Coordinator



Sharon has been an administrator for more than 20 years and has been with FFI since 2011.  Contact her with questions about our upcoming events or general FFI inquiries.

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Quentin Johnson

Training and Technical Support Coordinator



Quentin is an expert in milling and baking technology and food processing with 40 years of experience. In the past 15 years, he has helped 85 countries implement staple food fortification programs. He was recognized for his work with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Guelph in Canada. Contact Quentin for technical advice for implementing flour fortification and quality assurance in mills.

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Scott Montgomery




Scott brings a business approach to FFI as he worked in the private sector for 30 years before being named FFI Director in March 2011. His expertise is in leadership, senior level management, food processing and supply chain with global experience across cereal grain industries. Contact him with questions regarding our global strategies and activities and to become a key stakeholder (financial or in-kind).

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Helena Pachón

Senior Nutrition Scientist



Helena holds a doctorate in nutrition and a master of public health degree. She has 20 years of research and program experience primarily focused on reducing malnutrition in developing countries. Contact her regarding the scientific evidence on the benefits of flour fortification and if you are interested in evaluating the public health impact of flour fortification.

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Laura Rowe

Deputy Director



Laura’s experiences include strengthening health systems related to fortification program design and monitoring, managing monitoring and evaluation programs, leading cross-culture teams, building technical capacity, and developing partnerships. She received a dual Master of Science and Master of Public Health in international nutrition (food policy and applied nutrition) and global public health. Contact her for information about monitoring fortification programs.

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Becky Tsang

Technical Officer, FFI Asia

+84 166 2038095


Becky worked at FFI as a graduate research assistant while earning her master's degree in public health, with an emphasis on global health and public nutrition, at Emory University. Her primary responsibility was developing a flour and rice fortification strategy for India. After graduating, Becky worked at the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Her work there focused on the global initiative to eliminate folic acid preventable birth defects. In her current role with FFI, she works closely with Karen Codling on wheat and rice fortification in Asia.

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Anna Verster

Senior Advisor


Anna previously worked in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization (WHO). After successfully promoting salt iodization through partnerships between governments and salt producers, Anna organized multisectoral workshops in 1996 and 1997 which led to a regional flour fortification standard. She also worked as WHO Senior Advisor to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) where she organized program development workshops for multisectoral country teams. With FFI her special focus is Africa, but she also works with countries in the Middle East and Europe. Contact her with questions about maize and wheat flour fortification in any of the regions where she has worked, and for advice on how to develop effective programs.

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Sarah Zimmerman

Communications Coordinator



Sarah wrote stories for daily newspapers and marketing pieces for private-sector organizations before joining FFI in 2008. She brings 30 years of communications experience to FFI where she manages media requests, the FFI website, social media, and newsletters. For country partners, she provides informational resources and help with planning communications campaigns. Contact her with communications concerns.

Send general FFI inquiries to:

Sharon Dorsey

Food Fortification Initiative

Emory University

1518 Clifton Road, NE

Mailstop: 1518-002-2BB

Atlanta, GA 30322 USA



For media inquiries, contact:

Sarah Zimmerman

Communications Coordinator