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Shelly Sundberg

Shelly Sundberg is a Senior Program Officer on the nutrition team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle. She joined the Gates Foundation in September 2008 and manages a portfolio of grants which seek to improve nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Projects range from community-based intervention efficacy trials to research and implementation projects to improve the impact of agricultural policies and programs on nutrition. She co-leads the food systems initiative, a joint effort of the Agricultural Development and Nutrition teams at the Gates Foundation. Shelly’s past research focused on the socio-economic determinants of individual food consumption and nutritional status in West Africa. She lived and undertook research in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger exploring linkages between agricultural marketing, agricultural production, income, food consumption, and nutritional status at the household level as well as household coping strategies in times of food shortage. She has published journal articles on agricultural growth, food security, and undernutrition in Africa, has a bachelor’s degree in African Studies from Georgetown University, and completed a master’s degree and doctoral studies at the Food Research Institute, Stanford University.