Dr. Mandana Arabi

Executive Director, The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science

Mandana Arabi, is the Director for GAIN’s Business Platform for Nutrition Research. 

Dr. Arabi earned her Ph.D. in Nutrition from Cornell University and an MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She worked as a nutrition adviser with the Ministry of Health and the World Bank in Iran, and has served for more than four years as an infant and young child nutrition adviser at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. She is an expert in international nutrition and has facilitated nutrition programming in more than 15 countries, dealing with the double burden of over- and under-nutrition. Her research and programmatic work has addressed infant and child nutrition in developing countries, as well as the impacts of globalization and broader social and economic factors affecting nutrition and health in vulnerable populations. She has co-authored various global guidance documents including the UNICEF Infant and Young Child Programming Guide and the WHO Indicators for Assessing Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices.