LONDON, 20th July, 2017 – The Power of Nutrition, an innovative foundation created to generate new funding for nutrition and invest in high impact programmes to address undernutrition and stunting in Africa and Asia, is thrilled to announce three high profile appointments. These three senior individuals from the worlds of politics, international diplomacy and business will add significantly to our ability to drive our work forward.
The appointments – Lord Browne of Madingley as President, Mike Rann AC, CNZM as Board Chairman and Ertharin Cousin as Board Director – will help The Power of Nutrition to make continued progress as we accelerate our fundraising and investment programme.
Lord Browne, former chief executive of BP, Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, newly appointed Chairman of The Courtauld Institute of Art and outgoing Chairman of the Tate Gallery, has agreed to become the first President of The Power of Nutrition, stepping up from his previous role as Board Chairman.
At the same time, Mike Rann, former Premier of South Australia, former Australian Ambassador to Italy and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and permanent representative and Board member of the World Food Programme, is taking on the Chairmanship of The Power of Nutrition Board of Directors.
The Power of Nutrition is also delighted to announce the appointment of Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme until April this year and previously United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome, as a Board Director.
These appointments come at an exciting time for The Power of Nutrition, with new funders making generous donations and new investments being developed and rolled out. After just over two years of operations, The Power of Nutrition has a portfolio of programme investments worth almost $100 million and a further $300 million of investments under design.
“This is a time of great opportunity for The Power of Nutrition,” said Lord Browne. “It has been impressive to see the speed at which the foundation has developed. I look forward to close involvement in the next phase.”
“I am delighted to be joining the Board of The Power of Nutrition as its Chairman,” said Mike Rann. “Changing the way we fund nutrition is vital to the development of young children and economies in some of the poorest countries in the world. We intend to step up our fundraising efforts and the scope of our programmes.”
“Nutrition is the foundation for individual and economic development,” said Ertharin Cousin. “I have made it my personal mission to help end hunger around the world. Joining the Board of The Power of Nutrition is a perfect next step.”