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Ottawa, CANADA – Nutrition International is pleased to announce that Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was reappointed to its board of directors for a new three-year term. 

Dr. Banda’s reappointment was unanimously confirmed recently by the board of directors. 

“We are proud of our global Board of Directors and its dedication to improving nutrition for those who need it most through concrete actions,” said Joel C. Spicer, president and CEO of Nutrition International. “Dr. Banda has been a key member of this board for the past five years, and Nutrition International has greatly benefited from her wisdom, experience and passion for creating a better world, especially for women and girls. We are happy that she accepted a new term and are looking forward to continuing to collaborate with Dr. Banda to bring global attention to nutrition.” 

Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was the President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012 to 2014. She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President.  

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the “Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997, Her Excellency Dr. Banda is a strong advocate for women and girls’ emancipation and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education. 

I will continue to offer myself as a servant of the people and as an agent of change, reaching out to the vulnerable, children, the youth, girls and women in particular, uplifting their lives to a better level,” said Dr. Banda of her reappointment. “Thanks to Nutrition International for entrusting me with such a huge responsibility, I am honoured.”

Founded in Canada in 1992 and headquartered in Ottawa, Nutrition International is committed to ending malnutrition around the world. Nutrition International’s global Board of Directors is comprised of former heads of state and leaders in philanthropy, academia, think-tanks, advocacy and impact investing. The board provides guidance and support as the organization works to improve the lives of more than one billion people, particularly women, adolescent girls and children, with better nutrition by 2030.