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Celebrating Excellence: Honouring Outstanding Contributions and Achievements

The Summit is behind us, and impressions are still settling.


We proudly announce the esteemed award winners for their exceptional contributions to various causes close to our hearts. These remarkable individuals have been a driving force in creating positive change in marginalized communities, advocating for women's empowerment, and shaping the landscape of the nutrition industry.


We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the nominees, as well as our deep admiration for the recipients of this prestigious award. Their dedication and passion have not only brought them recognition but have also inspired countless others to follow in their footsteps. Our vision goes beyond a mere ceremony; it is about creating a platform that unites outstanding professionals and academics alike. This event is not only a celebration of achievements but also an opportunity to foster meaningful connections and collaborations.


Together, let's celebrate their impact and inspire others to make a positive difference in the world of nutrition. By coming together, we can sow the seeds of change and cultivate a healthier and more inclusive world.


We look forward to welcoming you to this celebration of excellence.


Awards categories are:


International Academy of Nutrition Educators (IANE)

Poster Competition

Summer School Essay

Kids Kitchen Club Challenge

Regional Networks

International Virtual Core



IANE Awards

Winner of the IANE Associate Member of the Year Award 2023 with an upgrade to Fellowship​

Ellen Fallows


“I’m honoured to accept this recognition in a field I believe will become one of the most important in healthcare over the next decade. I am grateful for the opportunity to support the work of IANE and NNedPro and to be able to champion the critical role of primary care in supporting people with nutrition.”


Winner of the IANE Professional Member of the Year Award 2023​


Sarah Armes


I am extremely honoured to be receiving the 2023 IANE Professional Member of the Year Award. I am grateful for the recognition I have received for my contributions to leading the 2023 Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition. This was a full circle moment having partaken in the summer school back in 2020.”


Winner of the IANE Faculty Member of the Year Award 2023​

Mayara de Paula


“Thank you for this amazing honour! It’s always a pleasure working alongside such talented nutrition professionals, who are passionate about making a difference. I learn something new every day, and I can’t wait to continue our work together. It’s a pleasure, thank you again!”


Winner of the IANE Fellowship Award 2023​

A/Prof Jimmy Louie​

"I am deeply honoured to accept the Fellowship of the International Academy of Nutrition Educators. This prestigious recognition reaffirms my commitment to advancing the field of nutrition education and research. I look forward to working with other IANE Fellows and members to shape the future of nutrition education and pave the way for transformative healthcare practices."


Winner of the IANE Paper of the Year Award 2023​


Alexander C Razavi, Anna Latoff, Amber Dyer, Jaclyn Lewis Albin, Kristi Artz, Alexandra Babcock, Francesca Cimino, FarzanehDaghigh, Beth Dollinger, Maya Fiellin, Emily A Johnston, Grace Marie Jones, Robert D Karch, Emily T Keller, Heather Nace, Nimisha K Parekh, Stephanie Nelson Petrosky, Amy Robinson, Jessica Rosen, Eva M Sheridan, Susan W Warner, Jada L Willis, led by Timothy S Harlan


On behalf of the authors of the paper detailing our research, Virtual Teaching Kitchen Classes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Counseling Among Medical Trainees, we are thrilled to learn of the selection as Paper of the Year by the IANE. ​This work builds on over ten years of research by the Cooking for Health Optimization with Patients (CHOP) investigators and represents the perseverance and dedication of a nationwide team of faculty members and health professions students during the very challenging time early in the pandemic. ​We have been happy to be able to share the findings that virtual Culinary Medicine programming can be a viable educational model and this recognition has made our work even more rewarding. ​


IANE Joint Outstanding Achievement Award 2023 with Honorary Fellowship of IANE​

HE Dr Maryam Matar

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HE Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri


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Winner of the 9th International Summit on Nutrition and Health Poster Competition​

Mariana Lopes Simões​



Winner of the 8th NNEdPro Summer School in Applied Human Nutrition essay competition

Ilakkiya Ezhilmaran​


"Thank you for honouring me with this prestigious award. I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive this recognition, and I accept it with immense pride and joy."


Winner of the Kids Kitchen Club Challenge on the Importance of Sustainable Nutrition and his healthy dish ‘Fruit Chat’

Aryaditya Bardhar​



REGIONAL NETWORK AWARDS:

Excellence in Creative Solutions for Food and Nutrition Security​​

Prof Virginie Zoumenou


"I want to express again my deepest gratitude for the honour of receiving the 2023 NNEdPro Excellence in creative solutions for Food and nutrition security award for the United States regional network. It is with great pleasure and humility that I accept this prestigious recognition. I sincerely appreciate the award committee for selecting me as the award recipient."


Wawira Njiru​


Founder of Food4Education: a project dedicated to providing subsidised nutritious meals to primary school children, aiming to improve nutrition education outcomes​ Food4Education utilises Tap2Eat, a digital mobile platform that incorporates cutting-edge FinTech solutions. This platform enables public primary school children to access nutritious food for education purposes.​ Students receive an NFC smart wristband linked to a virtual wallet. Using the Tap2Eat feature, students can conveniently tap their wristbands to access their meals in under 5 seconds.​


Provided over 10,000,000 meals that have led to improved nutrition, school attendance, performance and higher high school transition rates. ​



Dr Dorit Avni


"In light of the global challenges we are facing, shifting towards a “sustainable healthy diet” can nurture both people and the planet. It is our responsibility as researchers, covering farm-to-fork aspects, to provide evidence-based data and educate the farmers, nutritionists, policymakers and the public about sustainable crops and raise awareness about sustainable functional foods thus ensuring people's well-being and protecting and preserving our natural sources."


Sudeshna Maitra Nag​


"I would like to express my sincere gratitude by thanking NNEdPro. It's an honour to be able to receive this prestigious award and this utterly motivates me to continue working hard for the underprivileged and help the society by all possible means."


Outstanding Contributions to the NNEdPro Projects, Operations & Strategy Team​

Sucheta Mitra​

Sucheta is the Strategic and Operations Coordination Lead at NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health. Her main responsibilities include operationalising plans for strategic development and growth, overseeing the management of internal and external membership and assisting in building and maintaining strategic partnerships to advance resource mobilisation for NNEdPro key projects.



Sarah Armes​

Sarah Armes is a Registered Associate Nutritionist with a master's level in Clinical and Public Health Nutrition, serving an Academic Officer in NNEdPro with significant content creation for various education in health system and health practices. Ms Armes holds deputy lead role of the data science and evidence synthesis hub, curating evidence with research and real-world data and strengthening data/research literacy and capacity among health professionals.


Matheus Abrantes​

Matheus holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNIP University in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he has worked across the private, public and charity sectors. He has been working with NNEdPro since 2018 and is now, as the Interim COO for the organisation, responsible for all key digital operations and enterprise, including finance, governance and strategic marketing across NNEdPro and its regional networks on six continents.


Sarah Anderson​

Sarah is an Operations Support Officer at NNEdPro. Her role is central to the support of all aspects of NNEdPro's presence and engagement with each of the 12 Regional Networks, iKANN and IANE. She oversees digital project management administration and provides membership support.




Veronica Funk Petric​

Veronica has a background in International Business and currently works as the Executive Assistant to the Chair/Vice Chair for NNEdPro. Additionally, she is part of the NNEdPro Virtual Core and is responsible for various admin and office-related tasks.

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