Purnima Menon

Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and is based in New Delhi, India.  She is Theme Leader for South Asia Nutrition Programs in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, supporting research and policy engagement in the region. She conducts implementation research on scaling up maternal and child nutrition interventions.  Her research portfolio includes empirical analysis of large-scale data, program evaluations, policy analyses and more.  Dr. Menon co-convenes a global nutrition policy course with the Institute for Development Studies in the UK, and has co-developed short courses on nutrition for administrators in India.  She serves on several global and Indian advisory and technical groups, including the  State of the World’s Children (2019), the  Global Nutrition Report (2015-17), the  Countdown to 2030 (2016-present), and others.  She has a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and a M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Delhi and lives in New Delhi, India with her husband and daughter.