Lawrence Haddad is the Executive Director of Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) since October 2016.
Lawrence joined GAIN following his role as Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division. From 2004-2014, Lawrence was the Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). Prior to this, he was the Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Division at IFPRI, a lecturer in quantitative development economics at the University of Warwick and also a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics.
From 2010 to 2012, Lawrence was the President of the UK and Ireland’s Development Studies Association and from 2014-2016 the founding co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report. He was also the UK’s representative on the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CSF), with the aim of making the CSF more effective in research analysis.
Lawrence’s research focuses on a wide range of issues related to the wellbeing of the poor, including the design of policies and programs intended to reduce poverty and malnutrition, the impact of gender differences in accessing resources on nutrition and poverty, the role of community participation in the performance of poverty programs, and the challenges that rapid urbanization poses for the poor. He has published extensively on these issues. Lawrence holds a PhD in Food Research from Stanford University.