Francesco Branca

Director, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization (WHO)

Francesco Branca is the Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development in the World Health Organization, Geneva and is currently the acting Executive Secretary of the Standing Committee of Nutrition.
He has been a Senior Scientist at the Italian Food and Nutrition research Institute where he was leading studies on the effects of food and nutrients on human health at the different stages of the life cycle and on the impact of public health nutrition programmes. He has been President of the Federation of the European Nutrition Societies in 2003-2007.
Dr. Branca graduated in Medicine and Surgery and specialized in Diabetology and Metabolic Diseases at the Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Roma and obtained a PhD in Nutrition at Aberdeen University.