Strategic Management Team

  Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director of GAIN              







Dr. Lawrence Haddad

Executive Director

Dr. Lawrence Haddad became the Executive Director of GAIN in October 2016. Prior to this Lawrence was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report from 2014 to 2016. From 2004-2014 Lawrence 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 (IFPRI) from 1994 to 2004. From 2009-2010 Lawrence was the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CSF). He was the President of the UK and Ireland’s Development Studies Association from 2010 to 2012. An economist, Lawrence completed his PhD in Food Research at Stanford University in 1988.  On Monday, 25th June 2018, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the 2018 World Food Prize to Lawrence Haddad, and David Nabarro, former special adviser to the UN Secretary General. Announcing the award Ambassador Quinn, World Food Prize President cited the recipients for their “extraordinary intellectual and policy leadership in bringing maternal and child nutrition to the forefront of the global food security agenda and thereby significantly reducing childhood stunting”.









Paul Young

Chief Financial Officer

Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. After gaining experience in commercial organisations, he has worked extensively in senior finance and corporate services roles in the not-for-profit sector. His international experience includes five years with an NGO in East Africa, a spell as Finance Director for HelpAge International, and serving as a trustee of YCare International. His experience in the wider charitable sector includes roles at Barnardo’s, the Royal College of Physicians and Addaction. Paul joined GAIN in October 2018.

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Steve Godfrey

Director, Policy & External Relations

Steve joined GAIN in 2012 following five years as Managing Director of the Commonwealth Business Council, where he was responsible for investment and policy work with heads of government in more than 50 countries. He has worked as an advisor to the UK Department for International Development, Canadian Foreign Minister and President of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada, and has consulted to the United Nations, World Bank, European Union and various international companies. Steve was appointed Head of the Commonwealth office in South Africa from 1993 to1999, leading the Commonwealth technical assistance program during the country’s transition to majority rule. He later managed the private sector consultations of the Commission for Africa chaired by then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Steve began his career working for development NGOs, including Oxfam and War on Want in the UK and Inter Pares in Canada. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.








Elizabeth Maddison

Director, Strategic Operations

Elizabeth has joined GAIN following eight years as Director of Strategic Operations and Secretary to the Board at the Institute of Development Studies. Prior to that, she held senior roles in UK further and higher education, working nationally and institutionally. The latter included a decade leading the strategic planning and projects function at a UK University including work on widening participation in higher education and university/community engagement. A very long time ago, she obtained a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, an MA in Education and an MPA. At IDS she led the professional functions across HR, Finance, IT and Facilities, supporting £22m turnover and 240 staff. Relevant projects there included a significant governance review and refresh; searches for the Director and Board Chair; work on pensions, incentives and reward; financial sustainability; risk management; various restructures; and major collaborations.









Saul Morris

Director, Programmes Services

Saul comes to GAIN after three years at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where he oversaw a $200m grant portfolio including all of the organisation’s investments in combating chronic malnutrition and anaemia. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience in international nutrition, having worked in research at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and as Head of the Public Health Nutrition Unit at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and as a funder at Department for International Development (DFID) and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). He has more than eighty publications in peer-reviewed journals, including as one of the lead authors of the first (2008) Lancet series on maternal and child nutrition. He has worked intensively with partners to implement vitamin A, and zinc, supplementation programmes in Africa and South Asia; nutrition-sensitive conditional cash transfer schemes and agricultural development projects in Latin America, India, and Africa, and community health worker platforms in Africa and Bangladesh.

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Lynnette M. Neufeld

Director, Knowledge Leadership

Under Lynnette’s leadership, the Knowledge Leadership team works with the programmatic areas within GAIN to develop strategic research and learning agendas and provides the technical support to ensure quality in design, implementation, and timely dissemination of such work. The unit also leads on GAINs internal performance measurement. Lynnette comes to GAIN with over twenty-five years of experience in the field of nutrition where she has worked in a variety of technical advisory and academic positions. Lynnette continues to be highly active in the global nutrition community as chair of the Micronutrient Forum Steering Committee, a Board member of the American Society of Nutrition, among many other global activities.

Charl Van Der Merwe

Director, Country Programmes

Charl joins GAIN as Director of Country Programmes following 5 years as Associate Director, including one year as Interim Director of Confederation Development at OXFAM International. Charl has extensive strategic leadership experience in business planning and development, strategy development as well, as transformation and change management across country offices in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Charl has led Oxfam’s strategy to become more global through the growth and expansion of Oxfam members in the Global South. He started his career as an urban planner; thereafter he moved in global supply chain management in humanitarian programming. His past experiences also include Supply Chain Transformation and managing the implementation of the Single Management Structure (SMS) programme in 60+ Oxfam Countries.

Senior Managers

Our Senior Management Forum is made up of our executive management team and our country directors.


Country Director, Mozambique


Director, Food Policy & Financing


Country Director, Ethiopia


Head of the Development Office, London


Country Director, Kenya 


Country Director, Bangladesh


Director, Food Value Chain


Country Director, Indonesia


Country Director, Tanzania


Country Director, Nigeria


Country Director, Pakistan


Senior Manager, SUN Business Network


Country Director, India


Head of IT/IS