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Purnima Menon

Purnima Menon, PhD

International Food Policy Research Institute

Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, and is based in New Delhi, India.  She is Theme Leader for South Asia Nutrition Programs in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. In her work in India, she directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), an initiative to support more use of evidence for nutrition in India.  She conducts implementation research on scaling up maternal and child nutrition interventions.  Her research portfolio also includes empirical analysis of large-scale data, program evaluations, policy analyses and more.  Dr. Menon co-convenes a global nutrition policy course with the Institute for Development Studies in the UK, and serves on several national and global advisory and technical groups, including the Global Nutrition Report, the Countdown to 2030 and others.  She has a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Delhi.