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Dr. Lynnette M. Neufeld

Dr. Lynnette M. Neufeld is Director of Technical Services and Chief Technical Advisor at the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) where she leads a team in change of research, program monitoring and evaluation at MI and technical support to MI’s programs globally.  Before joining MI in 2009, Dr. Neufeld was Director of the Division of Nutritional Epidemiology at the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) in Mexico where her research focused on improving the effectiveness of interventions to promote the health, growth and development of children from disadvantaged populations.  She continues an active research agenda, including lead researcher on the nutrition impact evaluations of the Oportunidades (Mexico) and Mi Familia Progresa (Guatemala) conditional cash transfer programs.  She has worked extensively with the Health and Social Welfare Secretariats in Mexico to improve the design and implementation of the Oportunidades program and has provided extensive technical assistance to UNICEF, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and other organizations on issues related to program design, implementation and evaluation. She has published more than 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and a number of book chapters.  Dr. Neufeld is currently Chair of the Micronutrient Forum Steering Committee, President of the Global Nutrition Council of the American Society of Nutrition (and was Advisor to that same council from 2007 to 2011) and President of the Research Ethics Commission at INSP from 2004 to 2008.  She continues an active role in student advising and is Adjunct Professor at Emory University and INSP.