Financing the Nutrition Agenda: New Commitments, New Partnerships

Financing the Nutrition Agenda: New Commitments, New Partnerships


Global malnutrition is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It is the leading cause of child death, and contributes to a staggering loss of educational and economic potential for people and for nations. More targeted nutrition financing, from more diverse actors, needs to be delivered now to meet the scale of the challenge we face. We will be discussing and delivering commitments across three areas: 

  • Integrated health service delivery 
  • Inclusive, sustainable, and nutritious food systems for all 
  • Innovative models of investment to transform nutrition at scale 

The event will be moderated by Nemat Hajeebhoy, Chief of Nutrition for Nigeria at UNICEF, and with participation from: 

  • Denise Nyakeru Tshisekedi, First Lady, Democratic Republic of Congo 
  • Chris Elias, President, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 
  • Ertharin Cousin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Food Systems for the Future; former Executive Director, World Food Program 
  • Philippe Douste-Blazy, President of Unitlife; former Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and Special Advisor on Innovative Financing for Development 
  • Sam Kass, Political Advisor, Chef 
  • Mafille Woedikou, Togolese International Soccer Player 
  • Roy Steiner, Senior Vice President, Food Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation 
  • Kim Starkey, Chief Executive Officer, King Philanthropies 
  • Ellen Agler, Chief Executive Officer, END Fund 
  • Will Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Eleanor Crook Foundation 
  • Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition 
  • Kara Weiss, Chief Executive Officer, CRI Foundation 
  • Neil Buddy Shah, Managing Director, GiveWell 
  • Souleymane Khol, Chief Operating Officer, ONOMO Hotels 
  • Tom Thorfinnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Rotary International 
  • Jelmer van de Mortel, Head, Acorn, Rabobank 
  • Jimmy Bettcher, Director, Partnerships, Partners in Food Solutions 
  • Amine Hilal, Manager, Islamic Development Bank 
  • and many more... 

Together, we must catalyze greater innovations in financing the nutrition agenda – making investments today that will change the course of tomorrow. We look forward to your participation so that we can deliver on our collective vision for a world without malnutrition! 

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