Meet the Executive Team

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Dr Sarah Burkhart

Chair

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition in the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences, and the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research at USC.


Currently based in Australia, Sarah has traveled extensively across the Pacific Islands region and recently collaborated with FAO to assess the current state and capacity for school nutrition education, and school food programmes across 14 P.I countries...

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Associate Professor Pragya Singh

Vice-Chair

Dr Pragya Singh completed her post graduate and Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India in 2006. After this she worked as Assistant Professor with various organizations with the government of India.  She worked as Assistant Professor, School of Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University, Ethiopia. After which she joined as Associate Professor, School of Public Health & Primary Health Care, College of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Fiji National University, Fiji...

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Dr Danny Hunter

Research working group lead

Danny is a Senior Scientist with the Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT. He has over 25 years’ international development experience in more than 30 countries, including 12 years living and working in the Maldives, Samoa and Fiji.


His interests include promoting underutilized, culturally-appropriate nutrient-rich foods, improving food environments and consumer behaviour and delivering healthy diets from sustainable food systems especially in the context of schools...

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Ms Jessica Raneri

Partnerships and communications lead

Jessica is a Senior Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Advisor to both the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and the Agricultural Development and Food Security Section of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


She has over 14 years of international research and policy experience working within food systems and nutrition. In this time, Jessica has focused on contextualising strategies for most effectively addressing the triple burden of malnutrition through agriculture and food system approaches...

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Mrs Ann Hayman

Education and capacity building lead

Ann Hayman is a Nutrition and Food Safety consultant with the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) sub-regional office for the Pacific Islands. She was previously based in Samoa, and travelled extensively in Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Vanuatu, Tonga and Fiji and is currently based in New Zealand...

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Ms Clarissa Mackay

Advocacy and policy working group lead

Coming soon!