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

Avinash Kishore

Avinash Kishore is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at IFPRI.  He has a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University. Avinash studied at IRMA and worked for four years with International Water Management Institute (IWMI) before going to the US for higher studies. He is interested in agriculture, environment, and development economics and works on projects that seek to bridge the gap between laboratories and farms in Indian agriculture using action research in collaboration with agricultural universities, agribusiness firms and farmers.

Derek Headey

Derek Headey is a Senior Research Fellow in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he joined as a postdoctoral fellow in 2008. A development economist, his research mostly focuses on the nexus between agricultural development and other development processes and outcomes, such as economic growth, structural change, poverty, nutrition, demographic change, and political processes.


Derek's research is on the impact of agricultural production condition on household and individual food consumption, also child nutrition outcomes including work on the drivers of nutritional change in Bangladesh.

John McDermott

John leads the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Improved Nutrition and Health. Previously, he was deputy director general and director of research at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi.

John’s research has focused on public health, animal health, and livestock research in developing countries, primarily Africa. He has led projects on zoonotic and emerging diseases in Asia and Africa.


John is a member of the Consortium Steering Group.


Mara van den BoldMara van den Bold IFPRI is a Research Analyst in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division (PHND). Prior to joining IFPRI, Mara worked in London at WaterAid, an international NGO focused on improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Mara holds an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), and a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Union College, NY.


Mara works on the Enabling Environments research theme and contributed to the foundational work of LANSA

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

South Asia Focus

Funded by UK DFID

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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