Independent Panel of Experts

IMMANA Grants and Fellowships are selected by an Independent Panel of Experts (IPE):

Professor Charles Godfray, Hope Professor, University of Oxford, and Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food (Chair of IPE)

Charles Godfray is a population biologist with broad interests in the environmental sciences and has published in fundamental and applied areas of ecology, evolution and epidemiology. He is interested in how the global food system will need to change and adapt to the challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, and in particular in the concept of sustainable intensification, and the relationship between food production, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
He chaired the Lead Expert Group of the UK Government’s Foresight Project on the Future of Food and Farming and is a member of the Strategy Advisory Board of the UK Global Food Security Programme and the Steering Group of the UK Government Green Food Project.  He is also a member of the writing team for the UN’s Committee on World Food Security, High Level Panel of Experts report on Climate Change and Food Security.

Professor Erwin Bulte, Professor of Development Economics, Wageningen University

Microeconometrics, impact evaluation, agriculture & nutrition, natural resource economics
Erwin Bulte is the professor of development economics at Wageningen University, professor of institutional economics and development at Utrecht University, and fellow of the Department of Land Economy (University of Cambridge) and The Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre, Oxford University). In the past, he has been a professor of natural resource economics at Tilburg University.

Professor Cheryl Doss, Senior Lecturer, African Studies and Economics, Yale University

Gender, agriculture
Cheryl Doss is a development economist whose research focuses on issues related to agriculture, assets, and gender, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. As a Senior Lecturer at Yale University, she has taught widely at the graduate and undergraduate level. She co-leads the Gender Asset Gap Project, a large-scale effort to collect data and measure individual asset and wealth holdings for men and women in Ecuador, Ghana, and Karnataka, India. Cheryl Doss is an advisor to the “Policies, Institutions, and Markets” research program of the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI).

Dr Corinna Hawkes, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, World Cancer Research Fund International

Food policy, NCDs, food systems
Corinna Hawkes is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund International, London, UK, where she directs a programme to advance a comprehensive policy approach to encourage healthier eating at a global level to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases. Corinna is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and on the monitoring working group of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity . She is a visiting fellow at the Centre for Food Policy, City University, an advisor to the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research into Agriculture and Health, and on the scientific advisory council of the World Obesity Federation.

Dr Anura Kurpad, Professor, St John’s Medical School, Bangalore

Health, nutrition, maternal and child health
Anura Kurpad is Professor of Physiology & Nutrition at St John’s Medical College, and was Founding Dean of St John’s Research Institute.  He is the Head of the IAEA Collaborating Centre, India, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  He is President of the Nutrition Society of India, Fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences and the International Union of Nutritional Sciences, and Margadarshi Fellow of the Wellcome-DBT India Alliance. His interests are in energy and protein requirements, particularly related to undernutrition, pregnancy and the first 1000 days. 

Professor J.V. Meenakshi, Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi

Nutrition economics, impact evaluation
J.V. Meenakshi is currently a professor at Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics since 2008. Prior to this, she was the Head of the Impact and Policy Research, HarvestPlus, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C. She currently teaches post-graduate courses on Introductory Econometrics, Econometric Methods, Applied Econometric Theory, Indian Agriculture, Economic Development and Policy in India. Her research is focused on nutrition and health economics; agricultural markets; food demand; and social exclusion in both India and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute

Economics, gender, agriculture
Agnes Quisumbing is a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. She co-leads a research program analyzing the factors that enable individuals, households, and communities to move out of poverty over the long term, and has just initiated another research program on gender and assets. Her past work at IFPRI focused on how resource allocation within households and families affects the design and outcome of development policies. Her research interests include poverty, gender, property rights, and economic mobility. She led a study on intra-household allocation and development policy in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and South Africa. She has also worked on women's land rights in Ghana, the Philippines, and Sumatra. She is currently involved in longitudinal studies in Bangladesh and Guatemala.

Professor Mike Rayner, Director, British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for NCD Prevention, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

NCDs, food marketing, sustainability
Mike Rayner is Director of the British Heart Foundation Centre on Population Approaches for NCD Prevention, which is based within the Nuffield Department of Population Health of the University of Oxford, and which he founded in 1993.Mike's particular research interests are in food labelling, food marketing, food taxes and the relationship between a healthy diet and sustainable diet. Mike is also Chair of Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming in the UK, and Chair of its Childrens' Food Campaign in the UK.  He is a trustee of the UK Health Forum, Chair of the Nutrition Expert Group for the European Heart Network based in Brussels and a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the International Obesity Task Force.  He is also an ordained priest in the Church of England.

Dr Marie Ruel, Division Director, Poverty, Health & Nutrition, International Food Policy Research Institute

Maternal and child nutrition  
Marie T. Ruel has been Director of IFPRI's Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division since 2004, after serving as Senior Research Fellow and Research Fellow in that division starting in 1996. Since joining IFPRI, she led the Multi-Country Program on Challenges to Urban Food and Nutrition and the Global Regional Project on Diet Quality and Diet Changes of the Poor. Prior to IFPRI, she was head of the Nutrition and Health Division at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama/Pan American Health Organization (INCAP/PAHO) in Guatemala, where she worked and lived for 6 years. Dr. Ruel received her Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and her Masters in Health Sciences from Laval University in Canada.

Professor Bruce Traill, Department of Food Economics and Marketing, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading

Nutrition policy and health economics
Bruce Traill is professor emeritus of Food Economics at the University of Reading. He has worked for the European Commission and been a consultant to FAO, WHO and OECD. He has been Chair of the Board of Rural Business Research (RBR), a member of the Food Standards Agency Academic Economists Panel and the UK Government’s Council of Food Policy Advisors. He led the EU-funded EATWELL project (Interventions to Promote Healthy Eating Habits: Evaluation and Recommendations).   Bruce has published widely on issues concerning, international trade and competitiveness, food safety economics, obesity, and consumer food choice. He is co-author of a recent book published by Oxford University Press titled Fat Economics: Nutrition, Health and Economic Policy.  

Professor Andrew Westby, Director of Natural Resources Institute and Professor of Food Technology, University of Greenwich

Food security, income generation
Post-harvest technologist with a specific interest in food security, nutrition and income generation in developing counties with more than 25 years post-doctoral experience working mainly, though not exclusively, with root and tuber crops on a wide range of issues concerned with handling, processing, marketing, food quality and food safety. Commodity experience includes cassava, sweet potato, yam, horticultural crops, maize, sorghum and legumes. Field experience in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Andrew led the Cassava: Adding Value for Africa Project, working in collaboration with partners in five African countries.

Dr Manfred Zeller, Head, Policy Research, Harvest Plus

Agriculture, microcredit, subsidies
Manfred Zeller is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the Head of Policy Research at HarvestPlus. Before joining HarvestPlus in May 2014, Dr. Zeller served as Professor of Rural Development Policy at the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, and was Director of the University’s Food Security Center from 2009 to 2014. Dr. Zeller has published widely on the outreach and impact of microfinance institutions, operational measures of relative poverty, adoption of agricultural technology, food and agricultural policy, and participation of smallholders in food value chains, as well as guided research projects in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Zeller received his doctoral degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn, Germany.