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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

About the Foundation 

Reynaldo Martorell, Ph.D.


Reynaldo Martorell is the Robert W. Woodruff professor of public health and chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Previous to his position at Emory he was leading professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University (1991-93); Professor (1986-91) and associate professor (1977-86) of Nutrition, Food Research Institute, Stanford University and Scientist, Division of Human Development, Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), Guatemala. Dr. Martorell received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Washington.

Dr. Martorell’s research interests include maternal and child nutrition (particularly in developing countries), child growth and development, the significance of early childhood malnutrition for short and long term human function, micronutrient malnutrition, and the emergence of obesity and chronic diseases in developing countries. Dr. Martorell ‘s policy interests include global health concerns, particularly programs and policies in food and nutrition, issues dealing with hunger and malnutrition, and the health implications of changes in diet and lifestyles in developing countries.

Dr. Martorell is a director of the International Nutrition Foundation. He is an advisor to UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. Dr. Martorell was elected in 2002 to the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Services where he serves on the Food and Nutrition Board. He is past president of the Society for International Nutrition Research and was associate editor of the Journal of Nutrition. Recent awards include the McCollum International Lectureship and the International Nutrition Prize from Kellogg's and the Society for International Nutrition Research.

Dr. Martorell served as a Trustee of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation from 1990-1996 including service as first vice president and was re-elected in May 2002. He currently serves as vice-chair.