Whilst on a professional visit to Honduras, David Dodson and Stephanie Cornell witnessed first hand the devastating effects of malnutrition. Project Healthy Children was thus created from their inspiration to save lives. Just a few years later, David made the decision to leave the private sector altogether and devote his time and attention to the enormous but solvable problem of vitamin and mineral deficiency worldwide. Amongst his many roles, David is not only a Professor at the Stanford Graduate School of business, but is also responsible for leading the board of Directors and guiding the vision of PHC. David leads and inspires this strong and international team with his vision to end malnutrition in our lifetime.
Laura has ten years of experience in international public health and nutrition and after having lead PHC’s successful efforts to put in place food fortification policies in five African countries, she now leads Enact’s technical efforts in the design and implementation of national food fortification programs. Prior to PHC, Laura designed management and leadership training programs for health care professionals in Ethiopia and Liberia with Yale University, and worked across various nutrition related projects throughout India with UNICEF and the ICCIDD. She is member of several global working groups focused on improving the regulatory monitoring of fortification programs.
Felix has lived and worked across six developing countries, experiencing diverse cultures and seeing the difference the access to good nutrition has on families. Surveying hundreds of mills in at-risk communities across South Asia, East and Southern Africa, Felix has refined fortification technologies and developed economic models for sustaining rural fortification. Felix leads the overall organizational development, mission, and trajectory of Sanku. He also led all aspects of product development and engineering for the Sanku Dosifier technology, winner of the 2013 Grand Prize in the Ashoka Changemaker’s competition. Last year, the Mulago Foundation selected Felix as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow.
Arthur believes there is greater need for cooperation in the fight against malnutrition to avert suffering and preventable loss of life. He began his professional career as a District Nutritionist in Zimbabwe under the Ministry of Health and Child Care. Following that, he joined the World Food Programme as a Field Monitor Assistant before being promoted to the position of Senior Programme Assistant in the country office where he was an integral part of the program planning and designing and implementing monitoring and management. He holds a diploma in Food Science Technology from Bulawayo Polytechnic College, a BSc in Nutrition from the University of Zimbabwe, and an MSc in Strategic Management from Chinhoyi University of Technology.
Elvis is a descendent of Rwandan refugees and was born and raised in the tiny eastern African country of Burundi. After the ’94 Tutsi genocide and liberation war in Rwanda, he returned to his home country with his family. Before joining the team, he worked for the Fulbright Foundation Research Project as a Research Project Officer. He rose through the ranks, later becoming the Deputy Country Director in Rwanda for The Hunt Alternatives Fund with The Women Waging Peace Network. Believing that he should live his life to serve others, Elvis has hosted a radio show to help financially needy children access better health care and volunteered with Every Child, aiding children from Burundi and Rwanda to access better education.
After building a green-focused school in Cambodia for at-risk youths, Leah set her sights on improving the health of children in Africa. Leah spent four years as the In-Country International Director for a Cambodian NGO, where she was integral in scaling the organization’s programming, in particular the nutrition initiative to combat the stunting rates. Leah brings a wide range of knowledge and experience in development fieldwork, as well as ten years background working in Media throughout Australia. Based now in Tanzania, Leah leads all aspects of PHC’s Communications and Development.
Living in rural Tanzania, Peter and his family have experienced the harsh reality that healthy food is not a guarantee. Peter is inspired by the opportunity that this can change, through programs like rural fortification. Peter brings a strong community focus to his role in Dodoma where he closely works with the Health department and District Municipality leaders to assist with educating the people throughout the region about the benefits of fortification. Prior to Sanku, Peter has ten years experience working with the World Food Programme in transport and security along with assisting the team with monitoring and the effectiveness of the program.
Stanford believes that good nutrition is a basic human right and must be prioritized in Tanzania. He is a local advocate for food fortification, educating members of his community after experiencing first hand the devastating affects of malnutrition has had on his own family. Stanford joined the Sanku team two years ago and has been essential in supporting small-scale millers to adopt fortification throughout Morogoro region. He previously worked for a USAID project named Tuboreshe Chakula, which is Swahili for improving food. Stanford is truly committed to ending malnutrition, and hopes to see this a reality in his lifetime.
Edwin is deeply passionate about fortification, mathematics, and science. He recently joined the Sanku team from Technoserve where he was working as a Senior Food technologist for the food fortification – SAFE project, managing Small and Growing Businesses across Tanzania for low income and malnourished communities. Josiah brings over 5 years of experience in a wide range of staple food processing value chains and micronutrient food fortification, specifically in technology and quality control. He is also specialized in GMP/GHP training and behaviour changes to help millers produce safe and fortified products for the community.