Dr Klaus KraemerDirector
Dive into Klaus’s biography and discover how he has grown Sight and Life over the past 15 years. Find out more here.
Kalpana BeesabathuniGlobal Lead, Technology and Entrepreneurship
A savvy businesswoman devoted to advancing science, Kalpana is successfully creating opportunities for Sight and Life. Find out more here.
Breda Gavin-SmithGlobal Public Health Nutrition Manager
As an experienced dietitian and public health professional, Breda brings a wide breadth of experience to Sight and Life. Find out more here.
Srujith LingalaManager Technology and Entrepreneurship
A welcomed addition to Sight and Life, Lingala’s command of technology and eye for opportunity has quickly translated into actions. Find out more here.
Kesso Gabrielle van ZutphenKnowledge and Research Manager
Driven by innovation in nutrition, Kesso pursued an education in public health and was drawn to the forward-thinking mindset of Sight and Life. Here she will drive new advances in nutrition. Find out more here.
Laura PrestelGlobal Coordinator
Laura is a connecter who will hold the diverse Sight and Life team together while managing the daily operations of the organization including financial, administrative, and legal tasks. Find out more here.
Madhavika BajoriaManager, Nutrition Integration
Madhavika joins from India as an important driver for Sight and Life to successfully achieve our goals for the future. Find out more about her passion for nutrition here.
With 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, Nola will elevate Sight and Life’s communications and grow our recognition as a thought leader. Find out more here.
Daniel AmanquahFood Fortification Specialist, Obaasima
Daniel is dedicated to improving the nutritious food products available for women in Ghana and with his passion and expertise in food science he is sure to move the needle. Find out more about this endeavors here.
Anne MilanArchitect and Design Specialist
Anne’s eye for design brings a fresh perspective to Sight and Life’s projects and goals. Find out more about her and why she is passionate about nutrition here.
Puja Peyden TsheringConsumer Insight Specialist
Puja’s inquisitive mind is always working to find the best fit solutions to solve the most complicated problems. Find out more her and her goals here.
Pavithra BalasubramanianExecutive Assistant
The day-to-day operations in India are running smoothly due to Pavithra’s dedication and meticulous organization. Find out more about her here.
Elvis GakubaRwanda Country Manager
Dedicated to making positive change through policy, Elvis plays a key role in fighting all forms of malnutrition in Rwanda. Find out more here.
Priyanka KumariProgram Coordinator, India
Priyanka brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the agriculture sector in India to Sight and Life. Find out more here.
Eileen KennedyPresident of the Board
Former Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Mauricio AdadeBoard Member
President of Global Malnutrition Partnerships and Programmes and Chairman of the Board of Africa Improved Foods
Tom ArnoldBoard Member
An agricultural economist and public policy advisor working mainly in the area of food security.
Benedikt SuterBoard Member
General Counsel at DSM
Emorn UdomkesmaleeBoard Member
Senior Advisor, Associate Professor at the Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University
Fokko WientjesBoard Member
Vice President of Nutrition and Emerging Markets at DSM and member of the project board of WEF New Vision on Agriculture and of the Global Agenda Council Food & Nutrition Security
Sight and Life (SAL) is a pioneer of nutrition innovations based on science and working towards eradicating malnutrition in women of childbearing age and their children. To catalyze science-based solutions, we work with a distinguished alliance of academia, partners, and funders to advance research to inform, support, design, and incubate evidence-based malnutrition solutions at the convergence of the public and private sectors.
For more information about how we develop and support effective cross-sector partnerships in nutrition read our Action in Brief series here.
Science-based and economically viable innovations to reduce malnutrition
Sight and Life informs, supports, designs, and incubates evidence-based malnutrition solutions. Originally a humanitarian aid program, our organization has continuously evolved in response to – and in anticipation of – the ever-changing nutrition landscape. This evolution necessitates regular reviews of our capabilities, capacities, objectives and strategic focus.
Following intensive reflection on how to use our unique strengths most effectively in the global battle against malnutrition, we have developed a new strategic plan for the period 2019 to 2021.
With decades of experience at the convergence of the public and private sectors, we are ideally positioned to catalyze innovative and much-needed collective action in nutrition. By leveraging the strengths and capacities of both industry and public-sector partners to address societal nutrition goals, we will deliver value to food- and nutrition-insecure populations, aiming to serve as a model for future cross-sector cooperation and impact.
Sight and Life’s refreshed strategy will deliver unique value to the nutrition community and to food- and nutrition-insecure populations by focusing our work in the following three areas:
1. Translating nutrition science so that programs, policies, and participants are informed and effective. Sight and Life creates and translates science primarily through technical assistance and communications tools such as Sight and Life magazine, presentations, and journal articles.
2. Building public–private partnerships, an underutilized mechanism in nutrition, which can accelerate the private sector’s engagement and maximize the impact of both the private and the public sector. Sight and Life has a history of creating and supporting successful public–private partner- ships and facilitating policy conversations.
3. Developing viable business models that are profitable or sustainably subsidized and increase the availability and desirability of nutritious foods. Using consumer insights and unique approaches to both demand and supply, Sight and Life creates business models that will be viable in the long run.
Read more about our strategy here.
Ever since its creation in 1986, Sight and Life has been at the forefront of global efforts to improve vitamin A nutrition. Originally a purely humanitarian program, today we serve as a nutrition think tank.
RF Hoffman-LaRoche Ltd. launches the Sight and Life Task Force to help combat xerophthalmia, and reduce child death rates. The task to force was originally set up for three years.
Over three years, Sight and Life’s vitamin A intervention programs supported 52 projects in 29 countries, reaching thousands of children.
The decision is taken to continue Sight and Life’s work.
Sight and Life receives the Spirit of Helen Keller Award in recognition of its work towards eradication of vitamin A deficiency in developing countries.
Sight and Life’s first Secretary-General Dr John Gmünder steps down, having seen the organization provide 16 million doses of vitamin A. He is replaced by Dr Martin Frigg.
Sight and Life receives the IVACG Award for 15 years of contributions to global vitamin A deficiency and control.
Sight and Life transfers to DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, after the acquisition of Roche’s vitamins and fine chemicals division.
Dr Martin Frigg steps down as Secretary-General, to be replaced by Dr Klaus Kraemer.
Sight and Life catalyzes the formation of a public-private partnership between the World Food Programme and DSM, and becomes the partnership’s nutrition science hub.
This same year, the Micronutrient Forum acknowledges Sight and Life for its longstanding commitment to the alleviation of micronutrient malnutrition.
Together with its partners, the World Food Programme and DSM, Sight and Life is the recipient of the UK’s Chemical Industry News & Intelligence ICIS Award for Best Innovation, for the MixMe™ Micronutrient Powder Supplement.
Sight and Life supports the creation of the Home Fortification Technical Advisory Group (HF-TAG), comprising stakeholders from the public, private, academic, and non-governmental organization sectors.
Sight and Life signs on to and supports the creation of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement (SUN).
Sight and Life celebrates 25 years of service to science and humanity, having donated $36 million USD and supported some 3,350 projects in over 80 countries.
Sight and Life awards its 1st Nutrition Leadership award to Dr David Nabarro, representing the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, during the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
Sight and Life becomes the principal technical partner in the Affordable Nutritious Food for Women (ANF4W) project in Ghana, established by the Deutsche Gesellschaft for Internationale Zusamenarbeit (GIZ), to increase the local supply and demand of affordable nutritious foods and focusing on women of reproductive age.
Sight and Life awards Dr Robert Black, as chair of the Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group, the 2nd Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and DSM announce a renewed commitment to prevent micronutrient deficiencies with the launch of the Sight and Life Global Nutrition Research Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Sight and Life broadens its focus as a think tank, to include implementation science, capacity building, and leadership development.
Dr Anna Lartey, Director of Nutrition at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is honored with the 3rd Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award.
Sight and Life evolves its status to that of a Swiss foundation.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s director of nutrition, Dr Shawn Baker, receives the 4th Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award during an event celebrating dedicated leadership and nutrition driving implementation at the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Global Gathering.
Together with DSM, Sight and Life incubates Sizanani Mzanzi, a micro-franchising-focused business, dedicated to bringing affordable, nutritious foods to vulnerable children and reproductive age women in South Africa.
Member states agree to develop a set of sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to build upon the MDGs and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. Food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture is one of the SDGs, and is recognized as being at the heart of the development.
Sight and Life collaborates with PATH and local partners in Karnataka, India to improve nutrition status and build healthy hygiene habits amongst schoolchildren. The program provides a nutrient-rich meal of fortified rice while promoting good hygiene habits through peer role models, games, and problem-based learning. It aims to encourage positive attitudes towards sanitation and healthy eating in 2,600 schools in the Indian state of Karnataka, with the prospect of including all schools in Karnataka.
Alongside scientists from Johns Hopkins University, Washington University, and the National Institutes of Health, Sight and Life has also been busy advancing research. Discovery research has showed that protein and essential amino acids are key to eliminating stunting. This work has placed the intake of high-quality protein such as animal-source foods back on the global agenda. We provided further insight regarding stunting, essential amino acids, and micronutrients, find out more in the Huffington Post.
Sight and Life was a proud partner of the Micronutrient Forum in Cancun, Mexico. Along with the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition, we held a symposium exploring ways in which implementation research could not only improve program coverage but also make better use of programs. In addition, at the Micronutrient Forum, we hosted an Elevator Pitch Contest, a unique forum for young innovators to make their case for why their ideas deserve funding.
Sight and Life proudly presented two winners of the Sight and Life Nutrition Leadership award at the SUN Global Gathering in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Dr Shilpa Bhatte and Dr Ellen Piwoz were recognized as great leaders in the nutrition field who have a vision of an improved world and inspiring others to do the same.
Sight and Life announced a new partnership together with Royal DSM, a global science company active in health and nutrition, and UN children’s agency UNICEF to deliver better nutrition to at-risk children and mothers in Nigeria. The partners will also advocate on a global scale for micronutrient supplementation.
Our continued efforts to advance research lead to release of The Biology of the First 1,000 Days. From conception to two years of age, this is a critical period of growth and development during which exposures to dietary, environmental, hormonal, and other stressors during this window have been associated with an increased risk of poor health outcomes, some of which are irreversible. The book, The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, addresses this crucial interval of early life across biological disciplines, linking concepts related to all biological fields to outcomes during the first 1,000 days and beyond. The strength of this book lies in its cross-disciplinary nature.
In Boston, during the American Society for Nutrition conference, we hosted an Elevator Pitch Contest calling young scientist and entrepreneurs to submit their concepts to improve nutrition assessment. Seven entrepreneurs were selected to pitch their innovations in nutrition assessment to a panel of discerning judges. Anne-Julie Tessier, from Canada’s McGill University, was awarded first place by the jury panel with her dietary intake innovation named Keenoa, an artificial intelligence based food dietary accessed through a mobile application.
Launched the inaugural Sight and Life Webinar series focusing on behavior change communications (BCC) was presented in a series of four webinars. In this series we examined the BCC process emphasizing experiential knowledge combined with research analysis, and identified tools and tips to help the program manager manage the BCC process.
Sight and Life magazine released with a focus on food product innovation and the huge potential it has to help us address key challenges in the journey to a sustainable planet that is free from all forms of malnutrition. The pages in this issue explore the spectrum of product innovation by providing a broad perspective from product discovery and formulation techniques through to cutting-edge developments with a promising positive impact on the future of nutrition.
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), in collaboration with Sight and Life, Mars, Incorporated and Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN), invited ideas from students and young professionals for reducing or eliminating exposure to aflatoxin-contaminated foods and feed as part of the 2018 Elevator Pitch Contest (EPC). On October 25th, six young innovators from around the globe pitched their ideas to a panel of experts, judges and potential investors for the 3rd edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life. After much deliberation, Sight and Life proudly announced Alexandra Warrington from Future Food Now, and Alexandra Sanderson of Kumwe Harvest both entrepreneurs would be awarded the prestigious prize and seed money for their ideas to reduce aflatoxins!
The second edition of the Sight and Life magazine released in 2018 dives deep in to the topic of the Double Burden of Malnutrition and the challenges and opportunities the global community now faces in addressing all forms of malnutrition. Each article in this issue of the Sight and Life magazine is inspiring and thought-provoking and we very much hope you will enjoy it and trust that it will stimulate new ways of thinking that pave the way for meaningful and lasting change.
This new Sight and Life supplement with the World Food Programme explores these questions in depth. The comprehensive overview explains why fortifying rice with micronutrients can be part of an affordable, effective strategy to increase the intake of essential vitamins and minerals to reduce the prevalence of micronutrient malnutrition. Following the previous supplements on Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Latin America(2017) and Scaling Up Rice Fortification in Asia (2015), this edition takes a closer look at the continent that has the largest per capita rice consumption after Asia, yet where micronutrient deficiencies remain unacceptably high.
On June 4th, during the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Sight and Life along with partners organized Power for Mothers, a side event to understand why closing the gap in maternal is paramount, and how we can ensure all mothers get the critical vitamins and minerals they need. Compelling evidence shows that taking multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) during pregnancy reduces the risk of anemia in mothers and helps ensure babies are born healthy. But global recommendations lag behind the science, and many pregnant women cannot access MMS. This event triggered forward momentum and pushed for change in this space.
In this issue of the Sight and Life magazine, we used the data value chain as the organizing framework and invited authors who are thought leaders and practitioners not just to highlight the challenges along each step of the value chain but also to offer viable solutions that are pushing the envelope.
The 4th edition of the Elevator Pitch Contest by Sight and Life sought concepts for aspirational and affordable nutritious food products. On September 12, during the Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition (GISE) in Accra seven entrepreneurs pitched their innovations to a panel of judges. The winner of the competition was Zeenatu Suglo Adams from Pneuma Food Scientifics, a start-up that formulates affordable and nutritious snacks that taste great.
egghub.org by Sight and Life launches online as a one-stop source for the most up-to-date information and research related to egg consumption and production in low and middle-income countries. This new website is dedicated specifically to eggs and aims to improve collaboration and innovation around eggs, two elements that are key to increasing the availability of eggs globally.