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

Abdul Bayes

Abdul Bayes joined as the Director of Research and Evaluation Division of BRAC in June 2015. A renowned academic, Prof. Bayes has been teaching Economics at the Jahangirnagar University for forty years and is a former Vice Chancellor of the University. He is known for his substantial contributions in research on agriculture, international trade and rural development. Prof. Bayes was a member of the panel of economists for fifth, sixth and seventh five-year plans of Bangladesh, and has more than 37 years of experience in research and consultancy with IRRI, Asian Development Bank, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, World Bank among others. He is a member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists; Asian Society of Agricultural Economists and Bangladesh Economic Association. He did his masters in economics from University of New England, Australia and from University of Dhaka.  Prof. Bayes has authored 15 books and regularly contributes articles in national dailies. Currently he is a weekly columnist at The Financial Express.


Prof. Abdul Bayes leads the LANSA-BRAC team in Bangladesh. He regularly contributes articles on LANSA in Newspapers.

Alan Dangour

Reader in Food and Nutrition for Global Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Alan Dangour has extensive experience in intervention research and systematic review.  Alan's primary research is the interaction between agriculture, nutrition and health and he is part of the inter-disciplinary team that founded the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health.  An increasing area of Alan's research interest is the impact of multiple environmental stressors on global food and nutrition security.


Alan is the lead for our research theme that asks the question, "how strong is the evidence that agriculture can be pro-nutrition?"

Bhavani RV

RV BhavaniA doctorate in Economics from the University of Madras, with an MPhil in Planning & Development from IIT Bombay, Bhavani RV has been working since 2000 on food and livelihood security issues at MSSRF.  As Director of Food Security, she coordinated research and field projects, initiating MSSRF's work in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra state in 2006. Between 2004 and 2006, Bhavani was on deputation as ‘Officer on Special Duty’ with the National Commission on Farmers, constituted by the government of India. Before working for MSSRF, Bhavani worked for the State Bank of India.


Bhavani is Project Manager.    

Bhavani Shankar

Bhavani ShankarBhavani Shankar is Professor of International Food, Agriculture and Health at LCIRAH and SOAS, University of London. He is an applied economist working at the interface of agriculture, food, nutrition and health.

Bhavani has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has held previous appointments at FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and at the University of Reading.  He has published widely in agricultural economics, development, nutrition and health journals, and has served as editor of Food Policy since 2011.


Bhavani co-leads the research theme, nutrition sensitive policies and strategies and represents LCIRAH on LANSA's management team

Haris Gazdar

Haris Gazdar is a Senior Researcher at the Collective for Social Science Research. He has contributed widely to social science research and policy debates in Pakistan and elsewhere, and has taught as well as conducted academic research in the UK, India, and Pakistan. Besides academic and consultancy assignments, Haris has worked as an honorary adviser to research programmes, government and non-governmental organizations. His current research interests include poverty, hunger and nutrition, and social protection. He is also interested in innovative methods for making social science research more democratic.  Haris has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. 


Haris leads LANSA work in Pakistan and is member of the Consortium Steering Group.  

Nigel Poole

Nigel Poole is a socio-economist who originally trained in agricultural sciences and agricultural extension. He works in the Centre for Development, Environment and Policy in SOAS, University of London, and is part of the team of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health of the University’s London International Development Centre. He has experience in diverse countries in Latin America, the Mediterranean Basin, Sub-Saharan Africa and South and South-east Asia.


Nigel leads LANSA work in Afghanistan on agri-nutrition policy and stakeholder mapping, designing research on climate-agriculture-nutrition interactions, and assessing the nutrition impact of agricultural interventions. He also contributes to the work on agri-value chains for nutrition and health.

Prakash Shetty

Prakash ShettyPrakash Shetty has extensive experience in the area of public health nutrition. He is Professor of Public Health Nutrition, University of Southampton Medical School, UK, Honorary Research Professor, Oxford Brookes University, UK and Emeritus Professor of Physiology & Nutrition, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore. He served as Chief of Nutrition Planning Assessment & Evaluation in the Food & Nutrition Division of FAO, Rome (2001-05), and has been a consultant to the UN and other international organisations.


As CEO, Prakash provides vision, leadership and strategic direction to LANSA. He oversees research, capacity strengthening, communications, finance and monitoring and evaluation. 

Richard Longhurst

Richard Longhurst a Research Associate at IDS.  He is an agricultural economist by training and worked extensively on nutrition and agriculture between 1970 and 1992, for the World Bank, FAO and as a researcher at IDS.  Subsequently he worked as an evaluator and evaluation manager for various multilateral organisations, including ILO and the Commonwealth Secretariat.  Now back at IDS he serves on management teams for evaluations of nutrition interventions in Bangladesh and Northern Nigeria.


Richard is the team leader for IDS and part of the management team.

Sangeetha Rosemarie Rajeesh

Sangeetha Rajeesh is a PhD Candidate of Strategic Communication at the Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Wageningen University, The Netherlands. She holds a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication, is an Environmnt Journalism Fellow from International Institute of Journalism, Berlin Germany, and Media Fellow from National Media Foundation, New Delhi. Sangeetha was Contributor to Rural 21- Germany, Global Press Institute - US, New York Times India Ink, and has worked with leading National newspapers 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 was also Web Documentor for UNICEF, ActionAid and CCF Canada in India. 


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

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.  

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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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