Lawrence Haddad

Lawrence Haddad

Executive director
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Lawrence Haddad is the executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).  Prior this, he was research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division.

From 2004-2014 Lawrence was the director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). He was also the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CSF), which was established in 2009 with the aim of making the CSF more effective in research analysis.  

Lawrence completed his PhD in food research at Stanford University in 1988. Before joining IDS in 2004, he was director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Lawrence’s research focuses on a wide range of issues related to the wellbeing of the poor, including policies and programs to reduce poverty and malnutrition, the impact of gender differences in accessing to resources on nutrition and the challenges rapid urbanization poses for the poor. Lawrence has published extensively on these issues. Lawrence was the founding co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report from 2014 to 2016.

Twitter: @l_haddad

Development Horizons blog

From feeding billions to nourishing billions: how do we get food systems to deliver higher quality diets?, Global Nutrition Report, 23 September 2016

“Better Business. Better World.” Better Get Going, GAIN, 30 January 2017

"Diet is global food policy's elephant in the room", BBC News, 1 December 2016

A new global research agenda for food, Nature, 30 November 2016