Venkatesh Mannar PHOTOM.G. Venkatesh Mannar is a champion and technology leader in global nutrition with 35 years experience in pioneering effective international nutrition, technology and development initiatives focused on the world’s most vulnerable citizens.

A chemical engineer and food technologist by training (IIT Madras, Northwestern University), Mannar served as President of the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) in Ottawa for nearly 20 years until February 2014. In that role Mannar directed the organisation’s mission to develop, implement and monitor cost-effective and sustainable solutions for micronutrient deficiencies. Under his leadership, MI has grown to play a major role in the expansion of supplementation and food fortification programmes to address hidden hunger in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

In 2013, Mannar was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s greatest civilian honours, for his leadership in the global fight against malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency.

Through his recent appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, Mannar is pursuing his research and teaching interests in the application of engineering principles to improve nutrition status through nutrient stability enhancement in fortified foods and rapid diagnostic methods for field assessment of nutrient status.

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