Anna Lartey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Ghana.
She is President-elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS, 2009-2013), and will be starting her term as IUNS President after the 20th International Congress on Nutrition, which will take place in Granada from 15 to 20 September 2013.
In June this year, Anna very kindly agreed to be interviewed by the Association so that we could find out her
thoughts about her
upcoming term as IUNS President, the Granada Congress
, and her
advice for young public health nutrition professionals.
She attended The University of California, Davis as a Fulbright student and received her Ph.D. in nutrition.
For over 20 years, she
has conducted research on maternal and child nutrition in Ghana.
She was Co-Principal Investigator for the WHO Multicenter Growth Reference Study, Ghana site, and won the University of Ghanaâ€™s â€œBest Researcher Award for 2004â€.Â She serves on several International Boards and Committees including the MRC International Nutrition Groupâ€™s Scientific Advisory Committee; Council of the African Nutrition Society; Food and Nutrition Bulletin Editorial Board; Bioversity International Scientific Advisory Council; WHO Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group and HarvestPlus Program Advisory Committee.Â Â She served as a co-facilitator for the task force on coordination of civil society for the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.
Anna has been a member of the IUNS Council for the past 8 years.
After our interview with Anna
in June, it was announced in July 2013 that she
will also be taking up the position of Director of Nutrition at the Food and Agriculture Organization
, this October.