Senior Advisor and Former Director, Institute of Nutrition, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand & Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Emorn Udomkesmalee has long demonstrated excellence in micronutrient science while also serving as a tireless advocate for nutrition globally, regionally, and in Thailand. She has been a pioneer in building bridges between nutrition and other sectors, in particular with the food and agriculture sectors, as well as in bridging global and national expertise. Through her work at the Mahidol University in Thailand, she has fostered young talent and advocated for bringing their voices to global platforms. Her research interests
include micronutrients, the efficacy of food-based interventions, maternal and child nutrition policy, and program implementation. Emorn has been extremely active in the international nutrition community. She is the former Board Chair of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and a former member of the Micronutrient Forum Board of Directors and the Sight and Life Board of Trustees. Among other positions, she currently serves on the Country Working Group of the Standing Together for Nutrition (ST4N) Consortium; the Technical Advisory Group for Global Anemia Exemplars; and the Scientific Committee of the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy. In Thailand, Emorn is the Eminent Panel member under the National Policy Council on Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation; chair of the Subcommittee on Agriculture and Nutrition, Office of Atoms for Peace (Thailand), and Board member of Ajinomoto Foundation/Thailand. She received her Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her postdoctoral training was at the Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture.