As ECF continues to grow, we recognize the critical need to consult key technical experts in the global nutrition community to ensure the most strategic grantmaking decisions and direction for the foundation. The main objective of the ECF Expert Advisory Board (EAB) is to provide expert review and feedback on ECF’s approach to funding global nutrition. This includes for our Request for Applications (RFA) process for our RISE (Research, Innovate, Scale, Establish) for Nutrition portfolio, and towards critical global nutrition advocacy opportunities. EAB members serve as a technical sounding board for decisions on ECF's grantmaking, grant management, and strategic planning process.
Elizabeth Bontrager is the Nutrition Security Team Lead in USAID's Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Before joining FFP, Elizabeth served as a Nutrition Advisor with USAID's Bureau for Global Health, and prior to USAID, she worked in a research and evaluation capacity with the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, supporting research partnerships with Save the Children and Concern Worldwide in Ethiopia and Chad. Elizabeth has an M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University.
Augustin Flory is Results for Development’s managing director for nutrition. He leads R4D’s growing nutrition practice, working closely with global and country partners to design and implement programs that generate important knowledge about how to solve key challenges in nutrition and translate that knowledge into practice. Mr. Flory is a member of R4D’s strategy team, providing creative and technical leadership to the whole organization, particularly related to how R4D achieves impact by testing and evaluating new approaches. Before joining Results for Development, Mr. Flory was the executive director for nutrition at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where he was responsible for developing and leading the Foundation’s strategy to address undernutrition. Augustin also served as the co-chair of the Stakeholder Group of the Global Nutrition Report in 2015 and 2016. Mr. Flory holds a bachelor’s degree in law from King’s College London, a master’s degree in law from Paris 1 University and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Rolf DW Klemm
Rolf DW Klemm, MPH, DrPH, is Vice President of Nutrition at Helen Keller International (HKI) and Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH). He is trained as a nutritional epidemiologist and has & 30 years of experience in international public health with expertise that spans nutrition efficacy and effectiveness research and program design, management and evaluation. Dr. Klemm served as Country Director for HKI in the Philippines, Technical Director of USAID’s flagship A2Z micronutrient project, and as nutrition faculty at JHBSPH. He has served as principle/co-investigator for micronutrient and child growth intervention trials in Asia and Africa. at JHBSPH. He is the principle instructor of the Food and Nutrition Policy course at JHSPH. Rolf holds an MPH and Dr PH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has published & 45 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Johannes F. Linn
Johannes F. Linn is a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, a Distinguished Resident Scholar at the Emerging Markets Forum in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Fellow at the Results for Development Institute. Prior to joining Brookings in 2003, he worked for three decades at the World Bank, including as the Bank’s Vice President for Financial Policy and Resource Mobilization and Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. Johannes Linn has published extensively on development and global governance issues, including a book that he co-edited on Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People (Brookings Press 2013). His current research interests are in the areas of development effectiveness (with a special focus on scaling up successful development interventions), global governance reform, urbanization, and regional integration and cooperation (esp. for Asia-Europe and for Central Asia). He holds a bachelor degree from Oxford University and a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.
Abigail Perry is currently the Senior Nutrition Adviser at the UK Department for International Development. Since joining DFID in 2011, Abi has provided leadership for DFID’s nutrition policy and has provided technical support for DFID’s development and humanitarian nutrition programming in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining DFID Abi worked for several years with Save the Children UK and Action Against Hunger on nutrition policy and programming. She has also taken on research and capacity development roles with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London.
Casie Tesfai is the Senior Technical Advisor for Nutrition at the International Rescue Committee, where she leads the global nutrition team. She has been at the IRC since July 2012. She teaches Food and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Program on Forced Migration and Health. She has an MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MSc in International Studies and a BA in Psychology. She holds a certificate in Breastfeeding Practice and Policy from the UCL Institute of Child Health. Before joining IRC, over 10 years she worked in Niger, Ethiopia, Sudan and South Sudan with HKI, GOAL and UNICEF leading emergency nutrition responses. She started her career as a Peace Corps community health volunteer in a rural village in Niger where she found her “calling” for nutrition and community health. Her areas of focus are on the management of acute malnutrition, maternal, infant and young child nutrition and community health. She led work on enabling low-literate community health workers to treat acute malnutrition, which has just been published. She is a wife and a (super-hero) mom.