Syed Saud Ahmed Pasha, Director Agri Business, Engro Foods Limited

Syed Saud AhmedSaud is an Agricultural graduate from the University of Agriculture in Faisalabad. He joined Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited in 1995, prior to which he was with Fauji Fertilizers for 6 years. During his time at Engro Chemical Pakistan Limited he worked in various roles in the Marketing Division. He went ahead to join Engro Foods in 2005 and has been an integral part of the Supply Chain since the inception of the company.

Steve Godfrey, Chief Investment Officer, GAIN

Steve Godfrey is the Chief Investment Officer of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

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(GAIN). Steve joined GAIN as Chief Investment Officer in 2012 following five years as Managing Director of the Commonwealth Business Council, where he was responsible for investment and policy work with heads of government in more than 50 countries. He has worked as an advisor to the UK Department for International Development, Canadian Foreign Minister and President of the Queen’s Privy Council of Canada, and has consulted to the United Nations, World Bank, European Union and various international companies. Steve was appointed Head of the Commonwealth office in South Africa from 1993 to1999, leading the Commonwealth technical assistance program during the country’s transition to majority rule. He later managed the private sector consultations of the Commission for Africa chaired by then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. Steve began his career working for development NGOs, including Oxfam and War on Want in the UK and Inter Pares in Canada. He holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

Axton Salim, Director, Indofood, Indonesia & Co-Chair SBN Advisory Group

Axton 2Mr. Axton Salim was appointed as Director of Indofood in 2009. He has been a Director of ICBP from 2009 and heads the Dairy Division. He was appointed as a Commissioner of PT Nestlé Indofood Citarasa Indonesia from April 2010, as Non-Executive Director of Indofood Agri Resources Ltd since 2007, Commissioner of PT Salim Ivomas Pratama since 2007 and PT PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk since 2009, as well as Director of PT Indolakto since 2009 and Pacsari Pte. Ltd. since 2007.

He began his career with Credit Suisse Singapore in the Investment Banking division. He joined Indofood in 2004 as Marketing Manager of PT Indofood Fritolay Makmur and was subsequently promoted to an executive position as the Assistant to the CEO. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Feike Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM, Netherlands & Co-Chair SBN Advisory Group

Feike Sijbesma (Dutch) studied Medical Biology at the University of Utrecht and BusinessFieke Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (both in the Netherlands).

In 1987, he joined the Industrial Pharmaceuticals division of Gist-brocades, where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development. From 1990 to 1993, he was the division’s Marketing and Sales Director. Thereafter he was given leadership of Savoury Ingredients, later on a business unit of Gist-brocades’ Food Specialties Division. In 1995, he was made director of that division and joined Gist-brocades’ Executive Committee. Following the acquisition by Royal DSM in 1998 he became Director of the business group DSM Food Specialties.

In 2000 Feike joined DSM’s Managing Board of Directors. He became CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Royal DSM on 1 May 2007. In January 2013, the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands), conferred Feike with an honorary doctorate in recognition of how he embodies DSM’s value creation for all stakeholders, based on the company’s core value, sustainability. Feike co-chairs the Advisory Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement’s Business Network.

David Beasley, Executive Director, UN WFP

David Beasley has been Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme since March 2017. He guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.

In a public service and business career that spans more than four decades, David Beasley has worked across political, religious and ethnic lines to champion economic development, humanitarian assistance, education, and intercultural and interfaith cooperation for the most vulnerable people across the globe. For the past 10 years, David has worked with influential leaders and on-the-ground programme managers in more than 100 countries on projects to foster peace, reconciliation and economic progress. In Ethiopia, he worked alongside Tony Hall, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations food agencies on a partnership with the Project Mercy charity to increase food access for internally displaced people. 

David has also helped strengthen cooperation and communication among the business, political and non-governmental sectors in regions of long-standing political, ethnic and religious tensions. In 2016, he and his team led an international conference in Kosovo that brought hundreds of business and political leaders from the Balkans together for five days of dialogue. 

Gerda Verburg, SUN Movement Coordinator


As the new SUN Movement Coordinator, Gerda Verburg will work with 58 country governments that lead the SUN movement, united with UN agencies, civil society, business and donors, in a common mission to defeat malnutrition in all its forms.

Since 2011, Ms. Verburg has served as Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD) and in 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

From 2013 until 2015, Ms. Verburg served as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), a multi-stakeholder committee where governments, civil society, private sector, research institutions and others addressed food and nutrition issues.

From 2007-2011, Ms. Verburg served as speaker in the Dutch House of Representatives on economics, energy and innovation and as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. In 2008 she was elected Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

Marie Konaté, CEO, Protein Kisse-la, Cote D’Ivoire

Marie Konate is CEO of Protein Kissée Là (PKL) the first Ivorian company to successfullyMarie introduce cereals for children age 6 to 24 months, within the critical 1,000 day period, to the local market. PKL’s partnership with GAIN aims to improve access by poor Ivoirian households to a high quality fortified complementary food on a sustained basis reaching approximately one fifth of infants aged 6 to 24 months in the country. They cereal is marketed in a way that protects breastfeeding and promotes optimal infant and young child feeding practices. In February 2014, in recognition of her work, Marie received the prestigious Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Agricultural Merit by France (Médaille de Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole).

Saori Dubourg, President, Nutrition & Health Division, BASF

saori-dubourgSaori Dubourg is president of BASF’s division Nutrition & Health. Ms. Dubourg has been employed at BASF in various positions since 1996, including several years in the USA, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Her professional experience includes strategy and the management of operational businesses, including the areas of super absorbers, nutrition and pharmaceuticals. In the personnel department, she was responsible in for the upper management at BASF.

As President of BASF’s Asia Pacific region, responsible for all the subsidiaries and functional divisions in the Asia Pacific region, she helped founding BASF Grameen Limited, a social business joint venture between BASF and Grameen Healthcare Trust of Bangladesh.

Since 2012 she has been a member of the BASF Corporate Sustainability Board, which directs the implementation of BASF’s sustainability goals. With her sustainability strategy, she has placed BASF in a leading position in the Asia-Pacific region and proved that sustainability creates economic value.

In 2011, Ms. Dubourg received the German Diversity Award for BASF’s successful corporate-wide diversity and inclusion strategy she led.

Takaaki Nishii, Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Japan



Mr. Takaaki Nishii has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. since June 2015 and served as its Managing Executive Officer and Corporate Vice President until June 2015. Mr. Nishii serves as a Director of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. He joined Ajinomoto Co., Ltd. in 1982.

Jörgen Haglind, Senior Vice President, Tetra Laval Group

jorgenJörgen Haglind is a Swedish national, 57 years. He has been part of the Tetra Pak Group executive team for over 20 years and in that capacity got involved with food companies all over the world. Since 2012 he has taken on a role at the parent company Tetra Laval which consists of three industry groups all focused on the efficient distribution of food. The companies are Tetra Pak, DeLaval and Sidel.

Within his role of responsibilities is also the Tetra Laval Food for Development Office which is the function that actively drives development of the entire food value chain through cooperation with customers, governments, development agencies, funding organisations and NGOs all over the world. The Food for Development function was established in year 2000 to gather and make Tetra Laval’s extensive experience in technical implementation of school feeding programmes, childhood nutrition and private-public-partnerships available.

Takeshi Kimura, Board Member and Corporate Vice President, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. , Japan

Dr. Takeshi Kimura studied Cell and Molecular Biology at University of London, King’s
Takeshi Kimura College and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from it in 1984. He was a Visiting Fellow and a Visiting Associate at the  NIH in the USA from 1984 to 1989. In 1989 he joined Ajinomoto Co., Inc.  He served as a head of the Washington DC Office from 1992 to 1997. In 1998 he started the Basic Safety Research Group at the Institute of Life Sciences. From 2005 to 2010 he served as a General Manager of Quality Assurance and External Scientific Affairs Dept. He became a Corporate Executive Officer in 2009 and a General Manager of R&D Planning Dept. in 2010. He became a Member of Board and Corporate Vice President of Ajinomoto Co., Inc. in 2013, a member of the Board of Trustees for International Life Sciences Institute and its Research Foundation, and a Senior Advisor for the International Glutamate Technical  Committee.

Monica Katebe Musonda, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Java Foods  

monicaCorporate lawyer turned entrepreneur, Monica Musonda is CEO & Founder of Java Foods, a Zambian based food processing company. Java Foods vision is to become a leading food manufacturer, committed to providing high quality and nutritious food from local products at affordable prices. By way of background, Monica is a dual qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 15 years post qualification experience. She has held senior positions in private practice with Clifford Chance & Edward Nathan as well as worked as in house corporate counsel at International Finance Corporation and for Dangote Group. Her experience working with Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs gave her the impetus to start Java Foods.

Monica currently serves as non-executive director on the Boards of Airtel Networks Zambia PLc, Zambia Sugar Plc, Dangote Industries Zambia Limited and sits on the Global Advisory Board for Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network. She is the immediate past chairperson of Kwacha Pension Trust Fund, Zambia’s largest single employer pension fund. She has also sat on the Bank of Zambia board (2011-2014). She is a 2013 Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. Forbes Magazine and Africa Investor named her as one of the leading Young Power Women in Business in Africa in 2013 and 2014 respectively. She sincerely believes that in order to develop our continent, we all must participate and build capacity and so in her spare time, she speaks to the Zambian youth on entrepreneurship and business development.

She holds a LL.B from the University of Zambia and an LL.M from the University of London.

Gonzalo Restrepo, President of Executive Board, Fundacion Exito (Grupo Exito Foundation)

Gonzalo Restrepo is a Colombian-French national, 63 years. He is a well-knownGonzalo photo entrepreneur and businessman. He has been very active in business, leading companies in different sectors as energy, textile, philanthropy, transport, telecommunication, Finances, technology, among others. He was the CEO of Exito Group from 1990 to 2013. His major achievement was leaving the company with 36.000 employees, more than 479 stores in 70 cities. (When he began his work the company had just 4 stores). He is President of the executive Board at Fundacion Exito (Grupo Exito), as well as Ecopetrol, and Casino Foundation (Casino Group). He is also on the Board of Directors at the Council of Proantioquia, Cardif Colombia, and a Business Advisor of French Government in Colombia. He graduated from Syracuse University in USA, with a BBA and has a MBA from Georgia University in USA

Grupo Exito Foundation has led a private sector alliance to achieve zero malnutrition in Colombia by 2030. SBN aims to work with Grupo Exito to advise the 5 SUN countries in Latin America on developing national SUN Business Networks, and export the lessons from Colombia to the region.