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Inge Kauer

Executive Director, Access to Nutrition Foundation

As the Executive Director of the Access to Nutrition Foundation, Inge oversees all aspects of ATNF, including collaboration with external partners and stakeholders. Next to leading the organisation, she is also member of the board of ATNF.

Inge has spent more than 15 years working with public and private sector organizations on major social issues, including nutrition. She has a background in high-level stakeholder management and communications as well as both leading and building professional organizations. She has a passion for bringing together diverse stakeholders to facilitate sustainable improvements for all involved.

Prior to joining ATNI, Inge was a partner at Boer & Croon, a Dutch-based management consulting firm, where she provided strategic management and communications counsel to diverse government agencies, global corporations and non-profit organizations. She also worked in senior management positions within the Dutch and European, Middle Eastern, and African organizations (EMEA) of Porter Novelli, a global, full-service communications agency, and has advised various companies within the food and beverage industry on socially responsible practices and issues of corporate reputation. As regional director of EMEA, Inge worked with offices around the globe to ensure consistent high-quality client service, regional strategy and business development.

Inge is a non-executive board member of various organizations, including the national foundation for De Nieuwe Kerk (The New Church), a leading international cultural centre in Amsterdam. She holds Masters’ degrees from the University of Amsterdam in both Dutch Law and in Communications Science and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Nyenrode University.

Rachel Crossley

Senior Advisor, Access to Nutrition Foundation

Rachel has more than twenty years of experience working at the nexus of sustainability, business and responsible investment. Prior to working with ATNI, she was a Director of two leading UK responsible investment teams within large UK asset managers. In those roles, she was responsible for designing and leading shareholder engagement programmes, on behalf of more than £100 billion of client investments, on a wide range of environmental and social issues, including consumer health and nutrition. She is the author of numerous corporate benchmarks and reports, including several looking at the response of the food and beverage sector to obesity and diet-related chronic diseases, on which ATNI draws. She also has extensive experience in developing, managing and participating in multi-stakeholder initiatives and has held numerous positions on not-for-profit Boards and Committees. Prior to working in the City, Rachel worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. as an environmental and project economist on a wide range of development projects, and then in New York with an environmental finance company. She has a Masters degree, with Distinction, in Environmental Resources and Policy from the University of London and a Dual Honours Bachelors degree in economics and geography from the University of Sheffield, UK.

Fiona Kirk

Junior Communications Manager

Fiona started working for the Access to Nutrition Foundation as Junior Communications Manager in Feburary 2018. In collaboration with our PR firms and design agencies, Fiona develops communication tools which help promote the Indexes and the Foundation. Fiona also supports with stakeholder engagement and with language editing and formatting of reports and other publications.

Holding an undergraduate degree in Geography and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin, Fiona has always had a keen interest in sustainability and development issues. Fiona worked as Campaigns Assistant at Oxfam Ireland, and was part of campaigns such as the Food & Climate Justice Campaign, Behind the Brands, Refugee Crisis Apppeal, Ending Poverty Starts with Women, and Even It Up.

Fiona emigrated to the Netherlands from Ireland in August 2016, and has since completed a Master's degree in Sociology: Contemporary Social Problems at Utrecht University. She has undertaken a communications and events internship at SPARK, an Amsterdam-based NGO that works with young people in conflict afflicted zones, developing higher education and entrepreneurship. As part of her Master's programme, Fiona has also completed an internship at Verwy Jonker Research Institute, conducting research on gender-based violence.

Fiona is creative and passionate about sharing important messages widely through accessible and engaging communications tools.

Mark Wijne

Senior Program Manager

Mark’s role as program manager in the growing team is to lead the planning of the index processes and complementary projects, external relations, multi-stakeholder dialogues & communication and contribute to the strategy development for the organisation. He joined the Access to Nutrition Foundation in September 2018. Mark has worked on international nutrition and health challenges since 1992. Before his shift to the Access to Nutrition Foundation he was advocacy officer ‘Children’s Rights and Business’ at UNICEF Netherlands. In this role, Mark was responsible to work with public and private sector stakeholders in the food & beverage value chain to improve positive health outcomes for children and minimize any possible negative impacts.  Mark joined UNICEF in 2004 and since worked in different positions in the organization supporting the global programming work in health, nutrition and emergencies. From 2009 onwards he was responsible for advocacy towards child friendly and child rights respecting  policies and practices in Dutch foreign policy including the realm of international corporate social responsibility.

Mark holds a MSc in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University. He started his career working with Memisa (now part of the NL NGO Cordaid) for 2 years in  emergency aid programs in Somalia and Tanzania, providing medical support and setting up nutrition rehabilitation centers. He continued living and working in Africa another 9 years with the UN FAO coordinating nutrition and food security programmes in Mali, Ethiopia and Ghana aimed at structural improvements in household food security through local capacity and policy development.

Julia Llados i Vila

Research Analyst

Júlia joined ATNI as a Research Analyst in June 2018, after moving to the Netherlands from Switzerland. Before joining ATNI, she was a Consultant for the Office of the President of the Human Rights Council, at the United Nations Office in Geneva. Prior to that, Júlia worked as a Consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN in Rome, Italy, and spent several years working as a Research Support Specialist for the Autonomous University Barcelona, Spain, and as an External Collaborator for several consultancy firms in the field of human rights and EU law. In these roles she worked on environmental and social issues, for instance collaborating with the Spanish National Focal Point of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), where she was responsible for the policy framework section within the National Reports to be submitted to the Agency. She has also authored reports for the European Parliament (2015), FAO (2018), and the Government of Catalonia (2014).

Both academically and professionally, Júlia has always been persistent in pursuing a career devoted to the issues of sustainability and human rights, in particular the right to food. She holds a BSc in Political Sciences by the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), an LLM in Environmental Law by the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), and a two-year MSc in Sustainability by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). As a researcher, she has mainly focused on pressing environmental issues and their effects on society and human rights, whilst striving for excellence. Her work in these areas has been awarded by the Human Rights Institute of Catalonia (IDHC, 2009) and by the Government of Catalonia (V Prize on Human Rights Research, 2013).

Effimia Chatzinikolaou

Program Manager

Effimia joined the ATNF team in March 2019 as Program Manager. She is responsible for overseeing some of the main projects currently running and making sure they are implemented efficiently and effectively. Moreover, she is responsible for the contact with various stakeholders and partners and ensures smooth coordination of activities.

Effimia moved to the Netherlands after spending a year in Ghana working as the Program Coordinator for UNiTED, a grassroots community development organization. Prior to this, she worked for 4 years in Brussels on policy issues with IFOAM EU, the European umbrella organization for organic food and farming. Each of these two professional experiences enhanced her knowledge on nutrition-related issues. In Ghana, she worked on raising awareness on non-communicable diseases and the importance of nutrition in a developing context. In Brussels, she worked on EU policies regarding food and farming and interacted with the whole value chain of the organic sector, from farmers to companies.

She has a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from King’s College London, following a Bachelor’s degree on International and European studies from University of Piraeus in Greece. She has lived and worked in 6 countries, always with a clear desire to focus on sustainable initiatives where she derives her enthusiasm and motivation from to move forward.  

David Jerome

Research Analyst

David started working for ATNF as a research analyst in April 2019, after moving back to the Netherlands following several years working in the developing world. Before joining ATNF, he worked for several organisations involved in health and development in the UK, the Netherlands and Cambodia. David is a member of the research team, collecting and analysing data to be used in the Global Access to Nutrition Indexes and Spotlight Indexes, as well as contributing to other projects within the organisation.

In addition to his experience with mixed-methods international development, he uses quantitative data science concepts and their practical applications to support data-driven approaches to problem solving. The handling of structured and unstructured data, analysis and visualisation, data mining, and the combination of these methods to work on real world issues is his focus.

David holds an MSc in Data Science from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam and has an undergraduate in Politics from the University of York. Originally from South Yorkshire in the UK, David has been based in the Netherlands since 2013. He is a member of the Future Forum think tank in Cambodia.

Osien Kuumar

Research Analyst

Osien started working for the Access to Nutrition Foundation as a Research Analyst in October 2018. As part of the ATNF Research Team, Osien is responsible for developing Indexes' methodologies, data collection and analysis, and reporting of the research as published in the ATNF Global and Spotlight Indexes. In her current role, Osien also supports stakeholder and company engagement, and planning, for the India Spotlight Index 2019. Before joining ATNF, Osien has worked as an independent project development consultant with an NGO based in Delhi-NCR region, India, dedicated to Right to Education and wellbeing for the underprivileged children in India. After attaining a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Osien has also worked as a writer and reporter in the media and communications sector for a brief period.

Osien emigrated to the Netherlands from India in August 2018, prior to which she was completing a Master's degree in Social Policy and International Development alongside key focus areas of Health Economics and Financing, Pharmaceuticals Economics and Policy and Behaviour Studies for Public Policy from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has also acquired executive certifications in economic evaluations for health outcomes and CSPro data management system from the Indian Institute of Public Health Delhi, launched by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

Osien is passionate about innovations in the food, health and nutrition space globally, and derives her motivation from holistic, focused and sustainable initiatives that encourage positive engagement among economic, health and social spheres of the world.

Paul Vos

Senior Research Manager

Paul joined the Access to Nutrition Foundation in June 2017 to lead all of ATNF’s research activities as Senior Research Manager. Research is carried out partly in-house by the research team and partly in collaboration with, or outsourced to, external providers and institutes. Paul is responsible for coordination and execution of data collection, analysis and interpretation, which feeds into the Global Access to Nutrition Indexes and Spotlight Indexes.

Paul has nineteen years of experience in nutrition and health-related research, with a background in corporate R&D. Working in various roles on the interfaces between corporate research, business, and public-private partnership initiatives, Paul is skilled in translating research questions into insightful findings, and bridging different perspectives. His personal goal is to leverage this experience to contribute to public health and health equality round the globe.

Prior to joining the Access to Nutrition Foundation, Paul worked at Nutricia Research (part of Danone) in various biomedical research, team lead and program management positions, covering experimental and clinical research on a variety of nutrition, health and disease-related topics. He holds a Master’s degree in Biology (Wageningen University) and a PhD in nutrition and immunology (Maastricht University).

Ellen Poolman

Program Manager

Ellen joined the ATNF team in August 2017 as Program Manager. Ellen is a nutritionist by training specializing in pediatrics and Infant and Young Child Nutrition, with experience in both clinical settings as well as in public health. Ellen has extensive experience of project-based work and in the delivery of high-quality nutrition projects in both long-term development and emergency contexts.

Her technical knowledge is derived from her professional experience as a nutrition counselor, advisor to government authorities as well as international NGOs and as a senior manager and consultant for international NGOs. Her strengths are in developing the strategy for and managing the implementation of, complex public health nutrition projects, utilizing best practices and lessons learned in order to ensure sustainable progress.

Prior to joining the Access to Nutrition Foundation, Ellen worked as the Head of Department for Health and Nutrition for Action Contre La Faim (ACF) in Liberia. As senior member of the Coordination Team, she took the lead in strategy development and technical advice for Nutrition and Health in the mission and had overall responsibility for quality, coherence, relevance and advocacy of ACF’s Nutrition and Health strategy in line with ACF’s overall Mission Strategy, international and national standards, guidelines and policies.

Ellen derives motivation and inspiration from the contribution she can make towards supporting an individual or population group in achieving healthy and productive lives through appropriate nutrition.

Ellen holds a Master’s degree in Nutrition for Global Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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