Meet the team

Our team comprises medical doctors, nutrition scientists, agricultural and food engineers, and specialists and experts on different core areas needed to make an impact in the fight against malnutrition, all dedicated to building healthier futures.

Rebecca Olson

Consultant, MMS

Rebecca is a nutrition specialist with over 10 years of experience working with small and large organizations, including the World Bank, United Nations World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund, and 1,000 Days, across different geographies (Eastern and Southern Africa,…

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Mairo Mandara

Africa Advisor

  Dr. Mairo Mandara MBBS, FWACS, FFPH (UK), FoE Africa Advisor An Obstetrician/Gynecologist and public health physician with extensive knowledge and experience in strategic planning and implementation of health and social transformation initiatives, Mairo is an Honorary Fellow of Education…

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Mathilda Freymond

Nutrition intern

Mathilda supports work on research, partnerships, the Nutrition In City Ecosystems project,  and ideation projects related to Stage 1 of Sight and Life’s new strategy. She holds a BSc in food science and an MSc in human health and nutrition.…

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Tamerayehu Gossaye

Associate - Government & Stakeholder Engagement

As a stakeholder engagement associate, Tamerayehu oversees the implementation of Sight and Life’s Egg Hub project in Ethiopia. Additionally, he leverages his strategic thinking capability, and his skills in project design, implementation, and management to accelerate other projects in Africa.…

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Dr. Jacquelyn Bedsaul

Nutritional Immunologist

Intrigued by the implications of malnutrition on the immune system, Jacquelyn brings a unique immunology and basic science perspective to the team. She hopes to help demonstrate that the implementation of effective nutrition interventions can improve immunity and health outcomes…

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Nicole Zawadi

Administrative Assistant

Born and raised in Rwanda, Nicole has a passion for serving and helping vulnerable people. In the past, she has worked with both private sector and non-profit international organizations in administration-related field work and social behavior change programs. She believes…

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Shashank Sarvan

Senior Business Associate

Backed by his expertise in supply chain management, go-to-market strategies, and business modeling and planning, Shashank enables Sight and Life to ideate business models, engage in project consultations, manage projects and stakeholders, and solve problems at the operational and strategic…

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Kamikazi Mwajabu

Food Technology Associate

Kamikazi brings her expertise in food safety and nutrition to support Sight and Life’s efforts to help the most vulnerable communities in Rwanda, in Africa, and around the world. Her previous experience in food hygiene and safety management systems makes her an…

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Racheal Nuwagira

M & E Specialist

Racheal brings to Sight and Life her capacity to develop effective monitoring and evaluation systems that showcase the organization’s contribution to the diet and nutrition sector. She also helps the team glean learnings to be used at scale or adapted…

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Immaculée Nabacu

City Coordinator, Rusizi

Immaculée’s project management skills, honed through her years of experience in the public sector and with NGOs like USAID, make her a vital part of our development, coordination, and outreach efforts in Rwanda. As an agriculture engineer with a master’s…

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Esperance Bamurange

Project Accountant

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Jimena Monroy-Gomez

Nutrition Associate

​Jimena supports the thought leadership at Sight and Life, including the development of the BrainFood podcast, and conducts activities as part of the Research and Knowledge Nutrition Team across initiatives like the Nutrition In City Ecosystems project, Product Innovations in…

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Laura Prestel

Global Coordinator / HR

As a professional in intercultural management, Laura uses her expertise in core business functions to ensure deep relationships and excellent mutual exchanges between our global team and all our stakeholders across organizational borders.  Laura is committed to the fight to…

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Afomiya Mekonnen

Consumer Insights Associate

Afomiya Mekonnen’s work at Sight and Life entails consumer research, demand generation, and social marketing campaigns addressing malnutrition among people in Africa from vulnerable backgrounds.  A graduate in nutrition science with a master’s degree in business administration, Afomiya has worked…

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Pavithra Balasubramanian

Project Associate - Entrepreneur Training

Pavithra specializes in administrative management at Sight and Life. She keeps the team up to date with progressive processes and organizational procedures and collaborates with them to reach the everyday project milestones that make a cumulative impact on our mission…

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Straton Habumugisha

Manager - NICE

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Elvis Gakuba

Manager - Rwanda Country Office

Born and raised in Burundi, Elvis returned to his home country after the ’94 Tutsi genocide and liberation war in Rwanda. Always inspired to serve, Elvis once hosted a radio show helping financially needy children access better healthcare. He also…

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Daniel Amanquah

Manager - Food Technology

As a food scientist under the Obaasima project since 2018, Daniel works with both public and private sector players in Africa and other development partners to focus on fortified foods for the Ghanaian market. He is currently working on mitigating…

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Neha Bainsla

Manager - Country Engagement

Neha designs and implements scientifically backed business solutions to reduce the burden of malnutrition. She also fosters meaningful partnerships with enterprising individuals and organizations in the ecosystem who are passionate about serving vulnerable populations to improve their socio-economic indicators.  As…

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Anirudh Poddar

Manager - Nutrition Commodities

Anirudh contributes to strategy and implementation pertaining to health industry supply chains and improves the accessibility and affordability of nutritious foods and micronutrient supplementation among vulnerable communities.  Though he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering, his interest in…

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Rachel Natali

Manager - Communications

Combining technology and communication skills with creative visualization, Rachel manages social media platforms and brand identity for Sight and Life. A graduate of Webster University’s Media Communications program, she has years of experience with non-profit humanitarian organizations such as the ICRC,…

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Priyanka Kumari

Manager - Food & Agribusiness

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Yash Goel

Manager - Design

As a multi-disciplinary designer with expertise in UI, UX, marketing, and advertising, Yash drives Sight and Life’s initiatives to share its brand, goals, and impact across audience groups. He is also engaged in the consultation, design management, project management, and 360° visual…

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Puja Peyden Tshering

Senior Manager - Consumer Insights

Puja uses her experience in consumer research to peel away the people-centric aspects of multi-dimensional nutritional challenges and improve strategy, solutions, and communications at Sight and Life. Influenced by a childhood spent moving as a family to new places and…

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Kalyani Prasher

Senior Manager - Communications

Starting out as a reporter with the India Today Group, one of the oldest and largest publishing houses in India, Kalyani evolved into a feature editor over the two decades of her journalistic career. She quit the group in 2013…

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Srujith Lingala

Director - Business Solutions

Srujith’s work impacts over 2 million beneficiaries, mainly pregnant women, lactating mothers, and children under 5 years. He designs, implements, and manages a portfolio of market-based models for last-mile access to affordable and nutritious foods in low- and middle-income communities…

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Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen-Küffer

Director - Science

Kesso has nearly a decade of experience in the field of nutrition science translation for the design and implementation of effective programs. At Sight and Life, Kesso’s work spans applied research, implementation research, and the advancement of thought leadership in…

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Breda Gavin-Smith

Director - Public Health Nutrition

A dietitian and public health nutrition professional, Breda leads the nutrition team at Sight and Life and manages key strategic partnerships. She utilizes her knowledge of nutrition and her expertise in engaging partners across sectors to improve nutritional outcomes and…

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Dr. Sufia Askari

Managing Director

Sufia is a trained medical doctor and a globally recognized public health strategist with almost two decades of experience in policy, technical support, and research, focusing on maternal, newborn, and child health; immunization; nutrition; and food security. She believes in…

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Kalpana Beesabathuni

Managing Director

At Sight and Life, Kalpana advances game-changing business solutions, products, and technologies in low-income contexts across several countries in Africa and Asia. Working with farmers and entrepreneurs from grassroots to large enterprises, she ensures affordable nutrition solutions reach the most…

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Dr. Klaus Kraemer


Klaus is a global nutrition leader with over 30 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors. He oversees a global team of professionals, interacts with funders and partners, provides vision and direction for the organization, and serves as…

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Meet the board

Our board brings together expertise from business, scientific research, health management, and public policy to dramatically expand the impact of science-led nutrition solutions.

Mauricio Müller Adade

Board Member

Joined: 2019 Mauricio joined Roche Vitamins in 1988 in São Paulo as marketing and technical manager. In 1992, he was appointed Human Nutrition and Health Director of Roche in Mexico, and in 1998, he moved to Singapore as Human Nutrition…

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Benedikt Suter

Board Member

Joined: 2015  Benedikt was instrumental in setting up Sight and Life and defining its governance structure. He provides legal direction and support to various projects of the foundation.   Benedikt is the General Counsel for DSM Nutritional Products, with the overall…

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Eileen Kennedy

Board Member

Joined: 2018 Eileen Kennedy is Professor of Nutrition and former Dean of the Friedman School of  Nutrition Science and Policy, with over 30 years of experience in government policies and programs on health, nutrition, food security, and poverty alleviation.   Dr.…

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Tom Arnold

Board Member

Joined: 2018   Tom Arnold’s current main tasks include serving as Ireland’s Special Envoy for Food Systems; member, Global Panel for Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (GLOPAN); board member, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); member, Malabo Montpellier Panel;…

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Mope Ogunsulire

Board Member

Joined: 2021 Mope Ogunsulire is an investment professional with a background in international corporate and project finance, and experience spanning the private and public sectors, multilateral development, and mature and emerging markets.   Currently a partner at Sahel Capital, she previously…

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Christoph G. Goppelsroeder

Board Member

Joined: 2021 Chris started his career in Boston Consulting Group after completing his engineering degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) and his MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau. He moved to F. Hoffmann-La Roche in 1994, when he became…

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Our story

See our guideposts, milestones, and roadmap to end malnutrition

Our donors

Know more about our allies in the battle against malnutrition.

Our strategy

Learn about our 3-stage plan to deliver direct impact on the ground.

Our DEI policy

Examine how we build DEI values into the fabric of Sight and Life.