COP 1: SFS Toolkit Regional Contacts

This is the first page of our SFS Toolkit Community of Practice (COP) where you’ll be introduced to our SFS Toolkit Regional Contacts (scroll down). On the other COP pages you’ll find:


Below are introductions to the current 14 Regional Contacts representing 11 ICDA member NDAs: Australia, Canada (2), India (2), México, Nigeria, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland (2), Taiwan, and USA.

  • WHO is a Regional Contact? We are from diverse professions, ideally from all NDAs.
  • WHY do we exist? We promote the toolkit via our networks and mentor/link our colleagues; and we provide resources & suggestions for continually improving this toolkit
  • HOW do we work? It varies. We do whatever and however much is valuable to us. Our involvement is a ‘win-win’: we assist our profession, our NDAs, our countries, and our personal growth.

Are you interested? We still need Regional SFS Toolkit contacts for 35 NDAs:  

Argentina – Austria – Belgium – Benin – Brazil – Caribbean – Chile – Denmark – Finland – France – Germany – Greece – Haiti – Hong Kong – Hungary – Iceland – Indonesia – Ireland – Israel – Italy – Japan – Korea – Luxembourg – Malaysia – Netherlands – New Zealand – Norway – Pakistan – Portugal – Singapore – South Africa – Sweden – Thailand – Turkey – United Kingdom. 

How to become a regional contact:

  1. Read about the Regional Contacts and familiarize yourself with the #ICDAsfsToolkit if needed.
  2. Talk with your NDA leadership about it.  If you both agree then…
  3. Reach out to the ICDA SFS Coordinator with a paragraph for the toolkit something like others have done (you can be yourself and use your own innovation, we like that), along with a headshot of yourself. 

AUSTRALIA
Liza Barbour

Liza Barbour is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian with over a decade of experience in remote Western Australia, Alice Springs, the Kingdom of Tonga and Metropolitan Melbourne. Liza currently teaches Public Health Nutrition and Food Sustainability Systems for Nutrition Science students at Monash University and is completing her PhD which seeks to describe the role of local government policy in promoting healthy and environmentally sustainable diets. In 2018 Liza co-founded Dillicious (www.dillicious.com.au), now one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of dill pickles. For more information see https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/liza-barbour

CANADA
Barbara Seed

Barbara Seed is a Registered Dietitian with over 30 years of experience working in public health. In her work and volunteer capacities, she has straddled many sectors including government, civil society and academia. Barbara currently works as a consultant in food and nutrition policy, focusing on integrating nutrition, food systems and the environment. She led the development of the first dietary guidelines in Qatar in 2013 – one of the first in the world to include sustainability principles. Barbara has since been working to advance the concept of integrating sustainable, healthy diets within national level dietary guidelines, as a lecturer and webinar speaker across Canada, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and as one of the lead writers for the Dietitians of Canada (DC) Sustainable Food Systems role paper. In 2016, she wrote a background paper for Health Canada examining the integration of environmental sustainability principles into dietary guidance. Contact: barbara.seed@city.ac.uk

CANADA
Roxane Wagner

Roxane Wagner, RD, MBA Sustainable Systems – specializing in Food and Agriculture is the founder of Sage Sustainable Solutions Consulting, which supports organizations, businesses, communities, health practitioners and individuals with strategies and guidance in meeting their sustainability goals.  She has worked in diverse cultural settings nationally and internationally as a farmer, co-owner of a scuba dive resort, and as a Marketing Director and Director of Operations for a multinational food service company. She volunteers with RCE Saskatchewan, a network of local sustainable development leaders, educators, researchers and UN agencies united under the UN Global Goals and Co-chaired Dietitians of Canada’s Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Team from 2016-19. Contact at www.sagesustainable.com

INDIA
Seema Puri

Seema Puri, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food & Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics, at the University of Delhi. She has over 35 years of teaching and research experience in several areas of Food and Nutrition including young child nutrition, NCDs and geriatric nutrition. She has been an invited speaker at numerous International conferences; has over 60 publications to her credit. She is a member of several national/ international groups for research and advocacy in nutrition. Contact: dr.seemapuri (at) gmail.com, +919810003220.

INDIA
Sheela Krishnaswamy

Sheela Krishnaswamy, RD, is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant in Bengaluru, India. She has 37 years of professional experience in the clinical, corporate, and communication spaces.  Trained in India and overseas, she is active in national and international dietetic associations.  Currently, Sheela works independently as an advisor, a writer, a corporate trainer, a counsellor and an anchor.  Contact: sheelakrishnaswamy (at) gmail.com

MEXICO
Eduardo Alberto Gómez Infante

Eduardo Alberto Gómez Infante, Professor, Universidad Estatal de SonoraJubilado (2011) por el Gobierno Federal de México como empleado de Secretaria de Salud, ocupando diversos cargos durante 30 años, todos relacionados con prevención de la salud y promoción de estilo de vida saludable. Actualmente: Profesor de Tiempo Completo en Universidad Estatal de Sonora (Licenciatura en Nutrición Humana) desde 2008. Hermosillo, Sonora. México. Contact: EDUARDO.GOMEZ (at) UES.MX email: egomin (at) hotmail.com Tel: 6621-50-12-41

NIGERIA
Opeyemi Bolajoko

Opeyemi Bolajoko is a Postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Research and Innovation, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, USA and a Lecturer in the Nutrition and Dietetics Department, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, with a focus on community engagement research in non-communicable diseases and Cancers. Her works revolve around designing interventions to increase health access and healthy lifestyle changes to ensure positive health outcomes with an emphasis on community engagement in the control of metabolic diseases and cancers among patients, using information and communication technology. She has been involved in community-based research exploring behavioral determinants of health, including food systems, lifestyle changes and nutritional status of different age groups, and how these predict health outcomes.

PHILIPPINES
Zenaida Velasco

Zenaida Velasco, RND, MAP is a retired faculty member of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Santo Tomas (31 years) who taught professional subjects on foods and food service systems and managed the school cafeteria.  As the national president of the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines, she organized 10 Dietetic Practice Groups among which are the Food Service & Culinary and the Public Health Nutrition. She has contributed to the advancement of nutrition and dietetics by serving as member of different Scientific Advisory Boards and /or Technical Working Groups of the WH0, Department of Health, National Nutrition Councill, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Center for Culinary Arts, Manila. As a SFS Toolkit Advisor for the Philippines she would be able to collaborate with multi-stakeholders for the Philippines Food Sustainability country report and liaise with the network of SFS Advisors for a Healthy People,Healthy Planet initiatives. Contact: zfvelasco at ndap.org.ph

SPAIN
Júlia Muñoz Martínez

Júlia Muñoz is a passionate dietitian based in Spain. She is specialised in public health nutrition at the University of Glasgow and is currently undertaking her PhD thesis in the field of sustainability diets. She began her career in sustainability being confident that dietitians have an undeniable role in combating the detrimental consequences of climate change. For this reason, her research is focused on the creation of tools and resources that will allow main stakeholders to equitably promote sustainable and healthy diets across the population. Additionally, she promotes sustainability principles in a private consultancy where she thinks it is the perfect scenario to inform people on the environmental impact of what we eat and demonstrate them that eating sustainably is not a difficult task.  Júlia’s affiilations include: PhD Student – Department of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Facultat de Ciències de la Salut Blanquerna – Universitat Ramon Llull // Blanquerna School of Health Sciences – Ramon Llull University, Global Research on Wellbeing (GRoW) research group. Contact Júlia on: juliamm1@blanquerna.url.edu

SRI LANKA
Roshan Delabandara


Roshan Delanandara
Is a registered nutritionist, an author and a professional development specialist with a variety of experiences in local and global organizations, Roshan Delabandara possess a wide range of expertise in several thematic areas. His key expertise includes nutrition, integrated cross sectoral interventions, agriculture and nutrition integration, disaster management, public health, poverty alleviation and food security. He has 15 years of working experience with several government and non-government entities including leading international organizations. He held several leadership roles working on Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) forum Sri Lanka and is current Chairperson for the SUN Peoples’ Forum (PF), Food Based Dietary Guidelines for Sri Lanka, Nutrition Society of Sri Lanka and is an active member of the Dietitians’ Association of Sri Lanka. Contact: delabandara (at) gmail.com

SWITZERLAND
(German Speaking)
Gina Tüfer

Gina Tüfer, MSc in Life Sciences with specialization in Food, Nutrition and Health is teaching in the field of nutrition and dietetics with a focus on sustainable nutrition. She is active in different national groups focusing sustainable nutrition e.g. the group of sustainable eating of the Swiss Dietetic Association or the group of sustainable nutrition of the alliance nutrition & health which is implementing the results of the National Research Programme NRP 69 “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production”. Her main focuses are sustainable food choices, food waste behaviour and user value of food. contact: gina.tuefer@bfh.ch

SWITZERLAND
Sylvie Borloz

Sylvie Borloz, RD, Master in Health Sciences, option Nutrition and Dietetics who has more than 20 years of clinical experience in paediatric nutrition. In particular in the field of childhood obesity where she has studied the importance of ultra-processed foods. She is also active in national and international charity work. Food sustainability is an obvious way to leave a sustainable world for all children.
Contact : sylvieborloz(at)bluewin.ch

TAIWAN
Ariel Ho

Ariel Ho is a registered dietitian/nutritionist who became interested in a sustainable diet. She has a website and social media to help share the importance of preventing illness. She was a clinical registered Dietitian in ICU and Long term care unit in various teaching hospitals. She also writes a column about the importance of sustainable eating among cooperations during her spare time. She is also a Biomedical Visiting Scholar in the USA at UC Berkeley doing the diet/nutrition/medical device/digital health development project and international nutrition consultant. Contact +886 988-293-770  arie.cc. 何思瑩, 英國政府Chevening Scholar獎學金得主, 台灣英國雙醫學碩士/雙營養師證書. Ariel Shih-Ying Ho, Chevening Scholar, MSc, MVM, ANutr (UK), RD. Languages: Mandarin, English. 何 思瑩,任職於台灣三總松山分院-臨床營養師,並在倫敦取得英國營養師。研究教學於臨床營養以及全球衛生議題-永續飲食。曾任台達電子文教、英國倫敦大學、以及台灣營養師公會推廣永續飲食發展以及營養相關計劃。個人資訊 +886 988-293-770  arie.cc.

USA
Marie Spiker

Marie Spiker, PhD, MSPH, RDN, Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Marie’s research and teaching is at the intersection of food systems, nutrition, and health. Prior to this role, she was the Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems Fellow at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Contact: mspiker (at) uw.edu

Feedback? Questions? Ideas? Contact the ICDA SFS Coordinator:  ICDAsfs.coordinator@acadiau.ca