, Director Nutrition Division, World Food Programme
As Director of the Nutrition Division at the World Food Programme (WFP) Abigail provides strategic leadership for WFP’s work to address malnutrition. Under her leadership, WFP works to deliver nutrition assistance in emergencies, while also tackling the root causes of malnutrition so the most vulnerable are better equipped to cope with future shocks. Abigail is the UN representative on the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement Executive Committee. She is also an active member of the UN Nutrition Steering Committee and co-chair of the Global Nutrition Report Stakeholder Group. Prior to joining WFP, Abigail was the head of the nutrition policy team at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (formerly DFID). In this role, she provided strategic leadership to the UK government’s work on nutrition. She led the design and implementation of the UK’s 2017 nutrition position paper and helped ensure that the UK delivered its 2013 Nutrition for Growth commitments. Abigail also oversaw the UK’s support to the Central Emergency Response Fund and humanitarian pooled funds and provided technical and policy support on humanitarian and resilience programming. Before joining DFID, Abigail worked with Save the Children and Action Against Hunger in a range of humanitarian and development nutrition roles across Africa and Asia. She has also led numerous research and capacity development initiatives on nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University College London. In 2021, Abigail was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services to international development.