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Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr Lawrence Haddad is a South African-born British economist. He was appointed the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in October 2016. Working with partners around the world, GAIN aims to make healthier food choices more affordable, more available, and more desirable. GAIN’s purpose is to improve nutrition outcomes by increasing the consumption of nutritious and safe food for all people, especially the most vulnerable.

Prior to this, Dr Haddad was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report and was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), the world’s leading development studies institute. Before joining IDS in 2004, he was Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute and was a UK representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security.

In 2018, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the World Food Prize to Dr Haddad and Dr David Nabarro, former special adviser to the UN Secretary General. They received the award for their individual and complementary global leadership in elevating maternal and child undernutrition to a central issue within the food security and development dialogue at national and international levels.