Food Choices for a Healthy Planet Accelerator


Meera Shekar

Global Lead for nutrition

The World Bank

Food Choices for a Healthy Planet Accelerator

Meera Shekar is Global Lead for nutrition with the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. Over the last several years, she has led the repositioning of the nutrition agenda that led to the new global Scaling-up Nutrition (SUN) initiative, and was a key partner in the discussions on the Catalytic Financing Facility for Nutrition that evolved in to the Power of Nutrition. Meera serves as the chair for the SUN executive committee and has been one of the principals for the emerging aid-architecture for the SUN, and the G8 and G20 agenda-setting process for food security and nutrition over the last several years. She leads the global and country-level costing and financing analyses at the World Bank, and the first ever global Investment Framework for Nutrition. She has also worked on the demographic dividend and population and development issues. Meera has lived and worked across the globe and has extensive policy and operational experience Asia, Africa, Latin America. Before joining the World Bank in 2003, she led UNICEF’s Health, Nutrition and Water and Sanitation and ECD teams in Tanzania, the Philippines and Ethiopia. Meera has a PhD in international nutrition, epidemiology and population studies from Cornell University and is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Obesity co-led by the University of Auckland & GW University; co-author of the Lancet Undernutrition Series; Member of the Expert Advisory Group for UNICEF’s State of the World’s Children report; Member External advisory board at DNS (2012-18), Cornell University; Adjunct Professor Tufts University (2012-15); She is on the Advisory panel member for Essential Living Standards index, Legatum Institute, UK; and a member of advisory group at Gates Ventures (Bill Gates’s private office) and several other groups. She has authored several publications.