FFI Global Staff
Our team facilitates collaboration among partners to advance cereal grain fortification worldwide. Together we help country leaders promote, plan, implement, and montitor fortification of wheat flour, maize flour, and rice.
Contact the individuals listed below for questions about their area of expertise.
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).
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.
Project Lead and Government of Haryana Liaison, FFI India
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.
Sharon manages FFI’s annual operating budget of $2 million and supports the organizational budget planning and management reporting. In addition to providing operational support to local and international projects, she manages logistics for the semi-annual FFI Executive Management Team meetings of global partners and manages the FFI Global Secretariat office. She has more than 20 years of financial, administrative, and event planning experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Contact her with questions about our upcoming events or general FFI inquiries.
Egypt and North Africa Technical Advisor
Training and Technical Support Advisor
Based in Uganda, Wilson holds a doctorate in local and regional development. Wilson has vast public- and private-sector experience in planning and managing food and nutrition security, promoting nutrition sensitive agri-food chains, and designing food fortification strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in Africa. At FFI, Wilson provides leadership for situation/landscape assessments and capacity building trainings for monitoring inspectors, local producers of fortified flours, and national laboratories. In selected countries, he further leads the implementation of two initiatives: the pull strategy to engage consumer and parent groups and FortifyMIS, a management information system for online fortification monitoring. Contact him with questions about technical support for fortification.
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 low- and middle-income countries. Contact her regarding the scientific evidence on the benefits of grain fortification and if you are interested in evaluating the public health impact of grain fortification.
Consultant for India
Venkat has 20 years of experience in developing opportunity assessments, strategies, and supply chain analysis. He works primarily in agriculture, food, health, and nutrition. He has worked in 27 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Venkat has a bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India, and a master’s degree in business administration from Brighton University in the United Kingdom and Pforzheim University in Germany. Contact Venkat for questions about fortification of industrially milled wheat flour and rice in India.
Technical Officer, FFI Asia
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.