About the event

On April 28, 2020, Devex and DSM hosted a digital event as part of our Improving Nutrition focus area. During the event, a Devex moderator led a discussion on how critical maternal nutrition during pregnancy is for antenatal care and global health in general. The event aim was to highlight the importance of multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) as a driver to improve maternal nutrition and share insights on existing and future interventions to ensure that all women have access to MMS during pregnancy and understand their benefits. Our expert panelists emphasized that greater importance should be placed on cross sector collaborations to overcome current challenges and increase demand, supply and delivery of high coverage MMS.

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The Speakers


Richard Jones

Editorial Director
As Editorial Director, Richard oversees content for digital series, reports and events, leading a talented team of writers and editors, conducting high-level video interviews and moderating panels at events. Previously partnerships editor and an associate editor at Devex, Richard brings to bear 15 years of experience as an editor in institutional communications, public affairs and international development. Based in Barcelona, his development experience includes stints in the Dominican Republic, Argentina and Ecuador, as well as extensive work travel in Africa and Asia.

Dr. Jennifer Busch-Hallen

Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition
Nutrition International

Jennifer Busch-Hallen joined Nutrition International in 2015 and is the Senior Technical Advisor for Maternal and Neonatal Health and Nutrition. In her role, Jenny provides leadership and strategic direction to Nutrition International’s programs that support governments in Asia and Africa to scale up integrated nutrition and health interventions for pregnant women and newborns. Jenny spearheads NI’s efforts to advance maternal nutrition with particular emphasis on translating evidence to action, quality programming and gender equality and women’s empowerment. Recently she has been working alongside health economists to assess the cost-effectiveness of maternal nutrition interventions. Committed to working with partners across the globe, Jenny hopes to see accelerated progress towards global nutrition targets and universal quality health care. Jenny has over 21 years of experience in international and Australian indigenous public health nutrition and has worked extensively to improve maternal, infant and child nutrition throughout the Africa, Asia and Pacific regions. She brings experience from managing, developing and delivering programs for UN agencies, research institutes and the Australian government. She has a Bachelor of Science and Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics and Public Health.

Dr. Kristen M. Hurley

Senior Vice President for Nutrition
Vitamin Angels
Kristen Hurley, PHD, MPH is a public health nutritionist. She received her doctoral degree from the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has a background that includes a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University, MPH. Dr. Hurley has field experience in maternal and child health and nutrition as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and as a nutritionist for the Navajo Nation Special Supplemental Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). Her domestic and international research interests focus on the intersections between maternal and child nutritional status and early child growth and development. Dr. Hurley is an Associate Professor of Human Nutrition within the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, Dr. Hurley serves as the Senior VP for Nutrition at Vitamin Angels and is responsible for translating scientific evidence and public health nutrition expertise into effective programming activities.

Dr. Klaus Kraemer

Managing Director
Sight and Life Foundation
Dr. Klaus Kraemer is Managing Director of Sight and Life Foundation, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He provides leadership, vision and directs a global team, interacts with funders and partners, is its key spokesperson, and is the editor of Sight and Life Magazine. He serves several professional societies dedicated to nutrition, food systems, micronutrients, implementation science, has published about 140 scientific articles, monographs, reviews, book chapters, and co-edited 12 books. He serves on the Board of the Micronutrient Forum, assumes several advisory functions, and is the recipient of distinguished international honors.

Dr. Saskia Osendarp

Executive Director
Micronutrient Forum
Saskia Osendarp is the Executive Director of the Micronutrient Forum. She has more than 25 years of experience in international nutrition research, in both public as well as private sector, and is a visiting associate professor Nutrition and Health at Wageningen University. She lived and worked for 7 years at the ICDDR,B, Bangladesh and spent 10 years in Unilever as lead scientist micronutrients and child nutrition where she was responsible for Unilever’s research activities in the area of child nutrition, micronutrients and fortified foods. From 2012 to 2019 she was working as independent consultant for international NGOs, academia and research institutes. In addition, she is the founder and past co-chair of the Netherlands Working Group on International Nutrition (NWGN), a multi-sectoral working group to promote the inclusion of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive approaches in evidence-informed policies and strategies and author or co-author on more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.

Inraini Fitria Syah

Chief Project Officer
Summit Institute of Development (SID) Indonesia
Inraini obtained her Master of Public Health degree from Montclair State University, USA. She has received several scholarships including from USAID and Ministry of Health of Indonesia. Previously, she was a certified and practicing midwife in Indonesia, and led a birthing center in the community for more than 10 years. Her current work with the Summit Institute of Development involves developing an integrated information system to track interactions between community members and front-line workers for maternal health, family planning, and early childhood development and cognition. This enables a new approach to public health by creating a client-centered focus through real-time use of information for targeted and integrated care delivery. Her goal is to foster thriving populations in new ways of using human-centered information technology. Inraini loves to write novels and books and publish her popular writing nationally.

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