We have a dynamic team of experienced people in LANSA, and an impressive, and influential advisory group

S Mahendra Dev

Picture of S Mahendra DevProfessor S Mahendra Dev is Director and Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India. Some of his other roles include: 

  • member of the Board of Trustees of the International Food Policy Research Institute;
  • member of National Statistical Commission of India; 
  • Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on Agriculture, constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture, India; and, 
  • member of the newly constituted Expert Panel on Poverty Estimates.

S Mahendra Dev has more than 100 research articles in national and international journals. Books include Inclusive Growth in India (Oxford University Press) and Perspectives on Equitable Development.

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S Mahendra Dev provides strategic guidance from an external perspective via LANSA's Consortium Advisory Group.

Saba Aslam

Saba is a Research Assistant at the Collective for Social Science Research. Saba has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration with a background in economics and social entrepreneurship. She is interested in researching about health and education.


Saba is part of the Pakistan research team. She is also a part of the Research to Action programme, an RU initiative helping grassroots leaders use evidence to influence policy and political action. 

Sangeetha Rosemarie Rajeesh

An independent development/environment journalist, Sangeetha Rajeesh is Fellow - International Institute of Journalism, Berlin and Fellow – National Media Foundation, New Delhi. She holds a Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Strategic Communication in the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Wageningen University, The Netherlands. Sangeetha was Contributor to Rural 21- Germany and Global Press Institute - US, and has worked with leading National dailies in India. She was also Media Researcher - Panos South Asia; Consultant Researcher – ActionAid; and Consultant-Author/photographer for International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Sangeetha is Former Editor, Press Institute of India & Research Institute for Newspaper Development. She also was Web Documentor for UNICEF, ActionAid and CCF Canada in India. 


Sangeetha Rajeesh is Research Uptake Manager and Communication Specialist based at MSSRF, and is responsible for research communications for the LANSA Consortium.

Sidra Mazhar

Sidra Mazhar is a Research Officer at the Collective for Social Science Research and has previously worked on disaster management, co-ordination and risk reduction in humanitarian aid sector.Her areas of interest are health and food security. Sidra has an MSc and BSc in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).


Sidra is part of the LANSA Pakistan research team. 

Siobhan Duvigneau

Information Literacy Manager at IDS, Siobhan Duvigneau works with partners in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to strengthen the capacity of researchers and policymakers to use evidence in research or policymaking processes. As an educationalist, Siobhan is particularly interested in exploring how to nurture critical thinking, independent and lifelong learning skills.

Siobhan has worked with WHO, INASP and ITOCA on capacity development using evidence-informed, learner-centred and participatory approaches to learning. Siobhan has recently co-authored a paper on building research capacity in higher education institutions in Africa.


Siobhan is part of the capacity development team responsible for assessing stakeholder capacity and developing training materials.

Spencer Henson

A Professorial Research Fellow and Leader of the Globalisation Team at IDS, Spencer Henson is an internationally-recognised researcher on food and nutrition in developing countries including the governance of food safety and the integration of agriculture and nutrition.  A major focus of this work is the role of business in making nutritious foods available to the poor.

Spencer has undertaken research on food and nutrition issues in over 50 countries, working with FAO, WHO, World Bank, WTO, OECD and various other international organisations.  He has authored over 80 refereed journal articles.


Spencer is working on value chain-based interventions towards the integration of agriculture and food. 

Stuart Gillespie

A Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI and theme leader on nutrition policy, Stuart Gillespie has initiated and managed several large-scale, multi-partner projects and networks including the Agriculture and Health Research Platform, TANDI and Transform Nutrition. After being awarded a PhD in Human Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1988, and prior to joining IFPRI in 1999, Stuart worked with a range of organizations including the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, UNICEF, World Bank, FAOWFP, USAIDADB, Micronutrient Initiative on nutrition and food security in Asia. Stuart has published 142 papers and 9 books.


Stuart is one of two Co-Research Directors for LANSA and is part of the Management team. Stuart leads the research theme, enabling environment for nutrition.  

Suneetha Kadiyala

A Senior Lecturer in nutrition-sensitive development at LSHTM and LCIRAH, Suneetha Kadiyala is exploring the intersection of the structural determinants of health and nutrition security, with a focus on informing nutrition-sensitive policies and programmes in developing countries. 

While at IFPRI, Suneetha led several large and complex research initiatives on HIV and nutrition security (RENEWAL); agriculture and nutrition linkages (TANDI) and direct nutrition interventions (POSHAN). Suneetha has extensive experience in Africa and South Asia.


Suneetha leads a feasibility study of an intervention that integrates behaviour change communications to improve caring practices of infants and young children, into a programme that promotes improved agricultural practices. 


Zeenat Ahmed

Zeenat is an Information and Communication professional with experience in research, programme management, research dissemination, editing and publishing, organisational communication strategy and a keen interest in knowledge management. She worked for a long time in CIRDAP, a  regional organisation for rural development in Asia and the Pacific and briefly at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development. Zeenat did her Masters in Economics from Dhaka University.


Zeenat is the Lead Research Uptake for LANSA in Bangladesh.


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This research has been funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development; however the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the UK Government’s official policies



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