Purnima Menon

Senior Research Fellow, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, New Delhi, India

Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at IFPRI’s South Asia office in New Delhi, India. She conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region, with a focus on programs and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition. Currently, she directs POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonize Actions for Nutrition in India), an initiative to strengthen and mobilize evidence on delivering and scaling up direct nutrition interventions in India. She also leads the measurement, learning and evaluation team for Alive and Thrive, an initiative to improve infant and young child feeding and child nutrition in Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Ethiopia. She is also a member of the Transform Nutrition research team, and co-convenes the annual Transforming Nutrition: Ideas, Policies and Outcomes course. Dr. Menon has a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Delhi. She is courtesy associate professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.