DATE AND TIME: Friday, December 10, 8:00–9:30am Eastern Standard Time
This December, all eyes will be on Tokyo and the 2021 Nutrition for Growth Summit. Join us on International Human Rights Day for a conversation about the right to good nutrition and progress in integrating nutrition into UHC plans with the N4G side event, "Rights-based policies for tackling malnutrition and advancing Universal Health Coverage (UHC): Aligning N4G commitments with progress." Whether you’re an advocate, parliamentarian, or civil servant, you can play a role in ensuring rights-based policies are enacted that will help tackle malnutrition and keep commitment-makers accountable for their N4G pledges.
- Lisa Owino, Programme Associate, Health and Governance, KELIN | @KELINKenya
- Ann Witteveen, Vice-President of Operations, Nutrition International | @AnnWitteveen & @NutritionIntl
- Lina Mahy, Technical Officer, Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organization | @LinaMahyl & @WHO
See speaker bios below.
Meet Our Panel
Ann Witteveen, Vice-President of Operations, Nutrition International
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ann-witteveen-72a67842/
As the Vice-President of Operations at Nutrition International, Ann Witteveen works with the technical team and field staff to direct a global portfolio of programs in Asia and Africa aimed at securing lifelong and sustainable improvements in health and nutrition for women, adolescent girls and their families.
Ann’s expertise in nutrition and food security is rooted in field experience from diverse postings such as in Sudan, managing nutrition centres during the famine of 1998, in Zimbabwe where she led a drought response for farmers in 2003 and as Oxfam’s Country Director in Zambia (from 2007-2010) where poverty, gender inequality and inadequate water and sanitation contribute to high levels of chronic malnutrition. Prior to joining Nutrition International, Ann led Oxfam Canada’s global humanitarian efforts with a focus on the impact of gender in emergencies and supporting a feminist approach to humanitarian response.
Ann has a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry and a Master’s degree in International Development.
Lina Mahy, Technical Officer, Department of Nutrition and Food Safety, World Health Organization
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahy-lina-a1824136/
Lina Mahy has worked in the Department of Nutrition and Food Safety at the World Health Organization in Geneva since 2015. She is a member of the Food Systems Unit. She facilitates advocacy, communication and partnerships on WHO’s nutrition and food safety strategies, guidance, and tools with UN Agencies, professional communities, governments, and intergovernmental organizations with the aim of increasing impact at country level. She was WHO’s focal point for the UN Food Systems Summit and is a member of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition FAO/WHO Joint Secretariat. She is interested in governance, sustainable food systems, biodiversity, and climate change linked to nutrition. Prior to her current assignment, she worked as technical officer in the UN System Standing Committee on Nutrition (UNSCN) Secretariat. Lina has lived and worked for 21 years in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa for FAO, UNICEF, Helen Keller International, and the World Bank. Lina is an agricultural engineer (MSc), with a post-graduate degree in international nutrition and education from Ghent University (Belgium).
Lisa Owino, Programme Associate, Health and Governance, KELIN
Lisa Achieng Owino is the Programme Associate for Health Governance at KELIN. She is a lawyer by profession and holds a Bachelor of Laws from Strathmore Law School. As a young advocate on health governance and accountability, Lisa has previously led a research study on government obligations in the prosecution of women for sexual and reproductive health rights. Working in human rights has fostered a passion for empowering the youth, young women and LGBTQ communities in hopes of encouraging an active and informed citizenry that can advocate for their rights on its terms.
Mathilde Chiesa, Policy Advocacy Officer (Nutrition), RESULTS UK
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mathilde-c-85556666/
Mathilde Chiesa leads RESULTS UK's policy advocacy work on nutrition. After completing a Master’s degree in public international law and an LLM in Human Rights Law, Mathilde worked in the Children Rights’ and Global Health’s sectors. Passionate about human rights, she strongly believes in the values of a rights-based approach in policy changes, to address the burden of malnutrition.
Dr. Vineeta Gupta, Director, ACTION Secretariat
Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vineetagupta1
Dr. Gupta, Director, ACTION Secretariat, a trained physician and human rights lawyer and lifelong advocate, provides expertise and thought leadership at the nexus of the most critical issues in the fields of health equity, RMNCAH, women’s rights, and global health.
Currently, she is the Director of the Washington, DC-based Secretariat of the ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership where she heads the Secretariat team and facilitates a fifteen-member governing body spanning five continents. With health equity at the core of all her work, Dr. Gupta leads strategic communications, global program strategies, stakeholder engagement, and media advocacy. She develops and oversees the planning, monitoring, learning, and evaluation processes for the partnership and engages donors and seeks business development opportunities to diversify the partnership’s funding portfolio.
Prior to ACTION, Dr. Gupta was director at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator, leading their work on Resolve to Save Lives. As Technical Director of Global Women’s Health at American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Senior Technical Advisor at University Research Co., she led projects globally to strengthen maternal and newborn capacity, integrate health equity into programs, improve quality of care, and build accountability platforms. In addition to having held senior positions at the Global Fund for Children, the Campaign on Microbicides, and the Global AIDS Alliance, Vineeta developed curriculum for Basic Emergency Obstetrics and Newborn Care for a USAID-funded project and has co-authored many capacity-building materials.
Her leadership on human rights issues includes her past role on the National Council for the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), one of India’s most well-known rights organizations, which involved research and investigation of numerous cases of rights violations and corruption. She was awarded the “Rotary Service to Humanity Award” in recognition of her work in human rights and advancing accountability.
As a leading global health expert and human rights advocate, Vineeta has conducted workshops on diversity, inclusion, and health disparities and has been invited to speak in over 60 universities in the U.S and Europe. She is widely covered in print and online media globally, including Washington Post, The Economic Times, The Hindu, Times of India, Hindustan Times, China Daily, NPR, US News and World Report, FOX news, and CNN.
Fluent in four languages, Vineeta obtained a medical degree and a law degree in India and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master's degree in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame University.