iLiNS Steering Committee

The following individuals are Principal Investigators and Steering Committee members for the iLiNS 

Kathryn G. Dewey, PhD

deweyDistinguished Professor, Department of Nutrition and
Director, Program in International and Community Nutrition
University of California, Davis
Principal Investigator for overall iLiNS Project

Dr. Dewey’s research area is maternal and infant nutrition, in both high- and low-income countries. She has conducted research in the U.S., Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Peru, Ghana, Malawi and Bangladesh. Her professional service includes extensive consultation for WHO and UNICEF and serving as President of the Society for International Nutrition Research (2000-02) and of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation (2006-2008). She currently serves as chair of the Technical Advisory Group for the Alive and Thrive Project and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the WHO Promoting Healthy Growth/Preventing Child Stunting Project and the NIH Technical Working Group on Iron and Malaria. Dr. Dewey has over 250 publications and has received several national awards for her research.

Per Ashorn, MD, PhD

ashornProfessor of International Health
University of Tampere Medical School, Tampere, Finland
Co-Principal Investigator for overall iLiNS Project
Co-chair of iLiNS Project Steering Committee

Dr. Ashorn is a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, whose research areas cover child health, nutrition, and infectious diseases. He has conducted research in Finland, the U.S, Malawi, Bangladesh and India. His professional service includes university and hospital positions both in Finland and in Malawi and activities in many child health related organizations in Finland. He served on the Steering Committee for EDCTP (European Developing Countries Clinical Trial Platform) and he was the first health scientist in Finland to be formally accredited in Good Clinical Practice research methodology. Dr. Ashorn has approximately 100 publications, and was the Principal Investigator for several previous studies in Malawi.

Kenneth H. Brown, MD

brownProfessor, Department of Nutrition,
University of California, Davis
Senior Scientific Advisor, Helen Keller International
Chair, International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group

Dr. Brown is a pediatrician who joined the faculty of UC Davis in 1989. His research program focuses on the causes, complications, treatment and prevention of childhood malnutrition in low-income countries, with particular emphasis on interactions of nutrition and infection and evaluation and control of specific micronutrient deficiencies (especially zinc and vitamin A). Dr. Brown has served as a member of the Committee on International Nutrition of the US National Academy of Sciences; President of the Society for International Nutrition Research; Councilor or Executive Committee Member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation; consultant to the World Health Organization, UNICEF, USAID, and other international and bilateral agencies; and as Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of multiple scientific journals. Dr. Brown has contributed to more than 250 publications and his professional contributions have been recognized with several national and international awards.

Anna Lartey, PhD

larteyAssociate Professor and Former Head of Department
Department of Nutrition and Food Science
University of Ghana

Dr. Lartey is a nutritionist. Her area of research is on maternal and child nutrition. She has conducted research on food habits of Ghanaian pregnant women, complementary feeding, factors affecting the growth of Ghanaian children, as well as studies on optimizing nutrition for HIV-affected children. Dr. Lartey was a Co-Principal Investigator for the WHO Multicenter Growth Reference Study, Ghana site, and a Co-Investigator on a randomized trial assessing the effects of three micronutrient supplements (Nutributter®, Sprinkles® and Foodlet) on growth and micronutrient status of Ghanaian children. She has served on WHO Expert Consultations on: Optimum duration of exclusive breastfeeding; Complementary feeding; Childhood obesity; Nutrient risk assessment. Dr. Lartey won the “Best Researcher” award for 2004 at the University of Ghana. She is currently The President-Elect of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), and holds the International Development Research Center (IDRC, Canada) Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socio-Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kenneth Mphatso Maleta, MBBS, PhD

maletaAssociate Professor, Department of Community Health
Principal, College of Medicine, University of Malawi

Dr. Maleta is a general medical practitioner and epidemiologist. Dr Maleta’s research interest is in the field of maternal and child health focusing on prevention and management of undernutrition, and childhood growth and development. Previously Dr. Maleta has been Dean for Postgraduate Studies, Head of Public Health department, coordinated teaching and research activities at the Mangochi satellite teaching station in the University of Malawi College of Medicine. Aside from academic research, he serves as a public health advisor and consultant to the Malawi Ministry of Health.

Jean Bosco Ouedraogo, MD, PhD


Director General, Centre Muraz
Regional Director of Institut de Recherche en Sciences de la Santé (IRSS)
Director of Research IRSS, Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Professor in Parasitology, Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso


Dr. Ouedraogo is a parasitologist with more than 20 years experience in malaria research. He has served as co-director or facilitator for more than 10 international courses on malaria control organized by WHO-Afro in West Africa. Since 1983 he has worked on antimalarial drug resistance using in vivo, in vitro and molecular techniques and in malaria clinical and vaccine trials, with more than 75 publications in this area. He also serves as Professor of parasitology at the universities of Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. Currently, he is interested on the impact of vitamin A and zinc on malaria incidence. Since 1997 he has served as regional director of a health research institute in Burkina, with skills in managing and coordinating research and building research capacity. He also serves as president of the Association of Health Sciences of Bobo-Dioulasso.

Stephen A. Vosti, PhD

vostiAssociate Adjunct Professor
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Associate Director of the Center for Natural Resources Policy Analysis
University of California, Davis

Dr. Vosti is an applied policy economist, who began his career examining the links between nutrition, health and wages in rural South India and has studied the economics of malaria in the context of the Brazilian Amazon. He has also examined the effects of national agricultural policies on obesity in the USA. He has substantial experience in Ethiopia, Pakistan, Brazil, and Ecuador, Indonesia and Cameroon. He has worked closely with biophysical scientists to develop bioeconomic models at multiple spatial scales to predict the effects of changes in policies, technologies, and institutional arrangements on the environment, poverty, and economic growth. Before coming to UC Davis, Dr. Vosti was a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, where he managed projects aimed at identifying and measuring the effects on poverty, economic growth, and environmental sustainability of changes in land use and land cover, and identifying the roles of public policy in cost-effectively managing these trade-offs/synergies.

Mamane Zeilani, MS

zeilaniDirector, R & D and Nutrition Strategies
Nutriset, S.A.S., Malaunay, France

Mr. Zeilani has a Masters in Nutrition and a post-graduate degree in Quality Management in the Health and Social Sectors. He has 10 years of experience working with non-governmental organizations conducting emergency nutrition and livelihood programs, including in Niger, North Korea, Burundi, Eritrea, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Malawi and Zimbabwe. Mr. Zeilani managed one of the first Community-based Therapeutic Care programs, pioneering this work in Malawi. He has also worked as a consultant supporting hospitals and other institutions in development of tools for total quality management. At Nutriset, he currently leads product research and development. This includes analysis of specific nutritional needs, development of nutritional products and solutions that meet international quality standards, and sensory and acceptability evaluation of new products. In the iLiNS Project he conducts product development and acceptability evaluations and is the key liaison between Nutriset and the research consortium.