MI at the Women Deliver Conference

The Micronutrient Initiative (MI) is pleased to announce its participation in the 4th Women Deliver Global Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, from May 16 to 19, 2016, where we will bring women and girls’ nutrition to the forefront.

For the first time, the Conference has included women’s and girls’ nutrition in its program focused on the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women.

Follow our Women Deliver conversation on Twitter #WomensNutritionNow and view our photos on Flickr.

Our Program

During the Conference, you can find us at booth C3-057/58 in the Bella Centre.

We are pleased to be involved in the following nutrition events, which are describe in further detail in the tabs below:

Day 2: Tuesday, May 17

10:30 Concurrent nutrition session: Nutrition and the SDGs

15:00 To the Point Plenary


Day 3: Wednesday, May 18

07:00: Nutrition Signature Event (Download the PDF invitation) – Must RSVP!

08:30: Media Q&A

13:30: Concurrent nutrition session: Adolescent girls’ nutrition

15:00: Concurrent nutrition session: Women as nutrition champions


Women’s Nutrition Now: Unlock the power of one billion women and girls
Day 3: 7am, Wednesday, May 18, Bella Centre, Room B-02

MI is pleased to host a high-level panel on women and girls’ nutrition at the Women Deliver Conference.

The dynamic morning event will see global decision-makers and influencers discuss the importance of improving nutrition for vulnerable women and girls around the world, and the actions we all need to take now.



Global nutrition champions participating in the panel discussion include:

With approximately one billion women and girls impacted by malnutrition, panelists are prepared to discuss the impacts of that lost potential on individuals, families, communities and the world. In addition, they will provide solutions on not only how to remove the malnutrition brake that is holding too many young women back from reaching their full potential – but what that could mean for the world. Through focused efforts and a united call to action, we can all begin to remove that brake.

One Billion Candles: A Call to Action for Women and Girls’ Nutrition
Day 2: 15:00-16:00, Tuesday May 17, Plenary Hall A

Described as “TED-style” talks with Women Deliver flair, six insightful stories will be presented in one hour, with a focus on issues that challenge convention and change the way you see the world.

Joel Spicer, President and CEO of the Micronutrient Initiative, joins Ankit Gupta, Indrani Goradia, Jonathan Quick, Michael Kimmel, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and moderator Kavita Ramdas.

Joel will enlighten the audience on how malnutrition affects one billion women and girls around the world and how simple low-cost nutrition solutions can change their lives.


MI is pleased to co-host, along with UNICEF and GAIN, the following three nutrition sessions at Women Deliver:

1. Nutrition: a gateway to achieving the SDGs
Day 2: 10:30-11:30, Tuesday, May 18, Room B3-4

Join the discussion on how undernutrition affects women and girls. Panelists will talk about the scope of the problem including how undernutrition impacts the ability of girls and women to concentrate and learn, survive child birth, cope with manual labor, their work productivity and more. Discussions will also include how improved nutrition for women and girls is fundamental to the achievement of the SDGs and how integrating nutrition in development programs can impact outcomes across sectors.


  • Lawrence Haddad, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute & Co-chair, Global Nutrition Report
  • Mario Pontes, Manager, BSR
  • Kaosar Afsana, Director Health Nutrition & Population, BRAC
  • Natalie Africa, Director for Private Sector Engagement for the UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child movement
  • Danny Harvey, Country Director, Zambia, Concern Worldwide
  • Moderator: Dominic Schofield, President, GAIN Canada & Senior Technical Advisor for Policy and Programs


2. Adolescent girls’ nutrition: the second window of opportunity
Day 3: 13:30-14:30, Wednesday, May 18, Room B3-2

An in-depth exploration will take place on the need to prioritize adolescent girls’ nutrition. Adolescent girls – as women, workers, and potentially future mothers – are major drivers of development. And when girls are healthy, they can create and sustain global change. Learn why nutrition must be part of the agenda to economically and socially empower adolescent girls.


  • France Bégin, Senior Advisor, Infant & Young Child Nutrition, UNICEF
  • Martha Karimi, Instructor, World Coaches – KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association)
  • Pumla Dlamini, Technical Advisor, GAIN Southern Africa
  • Moderator: Allison Verney, Technical Advisor, Infant and Young Child Health and Nutrition, Micronutrient Initiative


3. From grassroots to global: women as nutrition champions
Day 3: 15:00 to 16:00, Wednesday, May 18, Room B3-4

Discover how women can be empowered everywhere to make nutrition decisions and what it can mean to communities – and the world – when women can transform into nutrition champions. Panelists will discuss the role of women as nutrition decision-makers, the challenges faced by women, including barriers like gender inequality, food insecurity, and poor nutrition. Hear thought-provoking answers on how we can help empower women everywhere – from their household to the UN – to become agents of change and nutrition champions.


  • Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi and Founder, Joyce Banda Foundation International
  • Carol Nyirenda, Executive Director at CITAM+ (Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS & Malaria), Zambia, and International Global Health Advocate
  • Kencho Zam, Women Deliver Young Leader
  • Phyllis Costanza, CEO, UBS Optimus Foundation
  • Lucy Sullivan, Executive Director, 1,000 Days
  • Moderator: Chris Dendys, Director, External Relations, Micronutrient Initiative

Do you have questions about MI at the Women Deliver Conference? Contact Dominique Naud, Communications Officer: dnaud@micronutrient.org