Jowel Choufani is a Senior Research Assistant at the Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD) at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Jowel is a licensed dietitian and has an MSc in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Jowel’s role in G-CAN is to provide nutrition expertise on entry points for nutrition in projects related to climate change and agriculture and support nutrition-sensitive program planning. Prior to joining IFPRI, Jowel worked at the American University of Beirut (AUB) on a school-feeding program in refugee camps in Lebanon which aimed to improve child nutritional status through improving dietary diversity and household food security. Jowel was also a consultant for the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) where she led trainings on digital data collection and analyzed data on access to health services and household food security of different refugee sub-populations in Lebanon.
Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. She also serves as the Director of the Global Food Ethics and Policy Program. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Jessica served as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition in the Institute of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics and as the Senior Advisor of Nutrition Policy at the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development within the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Prior to coming to academia, Jessica held positions in the United Nations World Food Programme and Bioversity International, both in Rome Italy. Prior to her time in Rome, she was the Senior Nutrition Advisor to the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. Her area of expertise is on the linkages between agriculture, nutrition, health and the environment in the context of sustainable and equitable diets and livelihoods. She was the first laureate of the Carasso Foundation’s Sustainable Diets Prize in 2012 for her work on sustainable food and diets for long-term human health. Jessica has a PhD in nutrition from University of Arizona.