Strategic Management Team
Lawrence Haddad became the Executive Director of GAIN in October 2016.
Prior to this, he was Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). He was also 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) which was established in 2009 with the aim of making the CSF more effective in research analysis. He was the President of the UK and Ireland’s Development Studies Association from 2010 to 2012. Lawrence completed his PhD in food research at Stanford University in 1988. Before joining IDS in 2004, he was Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Prior to this, he was a lecturer in quantitative development economics at the University of Warwick. He has also been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics. Lawrence’s research focuses on a wide range of issues related to the wellbeing of the poor, including the design of policies and programs intended to reduce poverty and malnutrition, the impact of gender differences in accessing to resources on nutrition and poverty, the role of community participation in the performance of poverty programs, and the challenges rapid urbanization poses for the poor. Lawrence Haddad has published extensively on these issues. Lawrence was the founding co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report from 2014 to 2016.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Dougal Freeman is a key advisor to GAIN management; providing a financial perspective on strategy, managing GAIN’s resources, and ensuring accuracy and effectiveness when reporting to stakeholders. Dougal was born in Zimbabwe and has a background in finance and agriculture. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master of Science from Reading University in Agricultural Development Economics. His experiences have been both diverse and challenging. He has worked with smallholder tea growers in Malawi, been country finance manager in Iraq and, before GAIN, was the Director of Finance for the Mines Advisory Group.
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.
Director, Program 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.
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.
Director, Country Programs
Tarun Vij joined GAIN India as Country Director in September 2015. Combining eighteen years entrepreneurial experience in the commercial sector with ten years in leadership positions in international development, Tarun brings a unique perspective on challenges and opportunities in developing sustainable solutions when scaling up access and service delivery to under-served communities. For the past four years, Tarun has led PATH’s global health portfolio in India with project teams executing projects on vaccines and immunization, maternal & new-born health and nutrition, tuberculosis control, diarrheal disease and more. Prior to PATH, he served as the Country Director of the America India Foundation, where he led the development and implementation of a strategy to scale up programs including interventions in primary and secondary education for children of migrant workers; and also spent three years as project director at TCI Foundation, the implementing partner of Avahan: The India AIDS Initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
Our Senior Management Forum is made up of our executive management team and our country directors.
Head of Finance
SUSAN NI CHRIODAIN
Director, Country Program Operations
KATIA SANTOS DIAS
Country Director, Mozambique
GREG S. GARRETT
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
QAISER MUNIR PASHA
Country Director, Pakistan
Director, GAIN Canada and Senior Technical Advisor Policy and Programs
Senior Manager, Netherlands
Senior Manager, SUN Business Network
Director, Consumer Nutrition
Country Director, India
Country Director, Afghanistan