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Dr Shelly Sundberg

Organisation name

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Job title

Senior Program Officer

Country of current residence

North America, Antigua and Barbuda

Expertise and interests

Sectoral expertise

Agriculture and food systems, Food Security, Nutrition

Disciplinary Expertise

Agricultural Development, Nutrition

Area of interest

Agricultural production, Agriculture, Food security, Food


Members introduction

Shelly Sundberg is a Senior Program Officer on the nutrition team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle.  She joined the Gates Foundation in September 2008 and manages a portfolio of grants which seek to improve nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.  Projects range from multi-sectoral community intervention trials to research and implementation programs to improve the impact of food systems on nutrition.  She co-leads the food systems initiative, a joint effort of the Agricultural Development and Nutrition teams at the Gates Foundation.  The food systems initiative seeks to increase the consumption of safe, affordable, nutritious diets year-round in vulnerable populations in Africa and Asia.

Shelly’s past research focused on the socio-economic determinants of individual food consumption and nutritional status in West Africa.  She lived and undertook research in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger exploring linkages between agricultural production, agricultural marketing, income, food consumption, and nutritional status at the household level as well as household coping strategies in times of food shortage. She has published journal articles on agricultural growth, food security, and undernutrition in Africa, has a bachelor’s degree in African Studies from Georgetown University, and completed a master’s degree and doctoral studies at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University


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