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The SUN Business Network is co-convened by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Stewardship of the SUN Movement is enabled by the United Nations Secretary-General nominations of a SUN Movement Coordinator and of members of a SUN Movement Lead Group. This is further strengthened with the support of a SUN Movement Executive Committee.

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The SBN Global Secretariat is responsible for the network’s activities and reports into the SBN Operations Committee led by GAIN and WFP. The SBN Advisory Group provides strategic guidance to the network.

SUN BUSINESS NETWORK ADVISORY GROUP

The SUN Business Network Advisory Group was established to provide strategic advice to the SUN Business Network and to champion the role of the private sector in scaling up nutrition amongst the business community and the SUN Movement. The Advisory Group includes representatives from the public and private sectors.

Advisory Group members are appointed in their personal capacity by the SBN’s two co-convenors.

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David Beasley (United States)

Executive Director, World Food Programme

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David Beasley (United States)

David Beasley has been Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme since 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 spanning 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.

Saori Dubourg (Germany)

President, Nutrition & Health Division, BASF

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Saori Dubourg (Germany)

Saori Dubourg is president of BASF’s Nutrition & Health division. Saori Dubourg has been employed at BASF in various positions since 1996, including several years in the USA, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Corporate Sustainability Board of BASF group, which monitors the implementation of the sustainability strategy and cross-divisional initiatives, defines global sustainability goals and issues corporate policy on sustainability topics.

Lawrence Haddad (United Kingdom)

Executive Director, GAIN

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Lawrence Haddad (United Kingdom)

Dr Lawrence Haddad became the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in October 2016. Prior to this he was the founding co-chair and lead author of the Global Nutrition Report, the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In June 2018, the World Food Prize Foundation awarded the 2018 World Food Prize to Lawrence Haddad and David Nabarro for their “extraordinary intellectual and policy leadership in bringing maternal and child nutrition to the forefront of the global food security agenda”.

Monica Katebe Musonda (Zambia)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Java Foods

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Monica Katebe Musonda (Zambia)

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. She is one of few Zambian women involved in manufacturing and agro-processing. She is a dual qualified English solicitor and Zambian advocate with over 15 years experience in legal practice and corporate management. Her experience working with Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs gave her the impetus to start Java Foods.

Axton Salim (Indonesia)

Director, Indofood & Co-Chair SBN Advisory Group

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Axton Salim (Indonesia)

Axton Salim was appointed as Director of Indofood, a leading Indonesian food company, in 2009. He heads the Dairy and Beverages Division and has held a broad range of leadership roles in Indofood and its subsidiaries. He is concurrently the Director of ICBP (2009-present), Non-Executive Director of IndoAgri (2007-present), Gallant Venture Ltd (2014-present), Commissioner of Lonsum (2009-present) and SIMP (2007-present).

Feike Sijbesma (Netherlands)

CEO Royal DSM & Co-Chair SBN Advisory Group

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Feike Sijbesma (Netherlands)

Feike Sijbesma became CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Royal DSM in 2007. He has transformed DSM and its portfolio through various divestments and acquisitions. Under his leadership, DSM repositioned itself from a chemical company into a Life Sciences & Materials Sciences company, focusing on health, nutrition and materials. Feike Sijbesma has given purpose to the company by DSM’s involvement in malnutrition and climate change.

Masaya Tochio (Japan)

Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

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Masaya Tochio (Japan)

Masaya Tochio is a Member of the Board and Corporate Senior Vice President for Ajinomoto Co., Inc. He leads the taskforce for nutrition strategy and established the Group Shared Policy on Nutrition and the Group Nutrition Strategy Guideline for the Ajinomoto Group. His leadership is shown in promoting the nutrition improvement activities under the midterm business plan of the Ajinomoto Group.

Gerda Verburg (The Netherlands)

SUN Movement Coordinator

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Gerda Verburg (The Netherlands)

Gerda Verburg was appointed as the Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement in 2016. From 2011-2016 she served as Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN Organisations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD). In 2014 she was appointed Chair of the Global Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition Security of the World Economic Forum. From 2013-2015, she served as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security, a multi-stakeholder committee where governments, civil society, private sector, research institutions and others addressed food and nutrition issues.