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Nahla Hwalla, PhD​
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Dr. Nahla Hwalla is Professor of Human Nutrition and Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. She is also a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, USA. A pioneer of dietetics education nationally and regionally, her research responds to global nutritional challenges with focus on obesity, whereby she has published valuable highly-cited research. Her leadership extends beyond academia to putting nutrition at the forefront of the national agenda in Lebanon. She has provided Lebanon and FAO with the 1st and 2nd Country Profiles on Nutrition, and established the 1st NGO for nutritionists in Lebanon and the region, the Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (LAND). She was appointed by the Director General of WHO to serve on the Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition. Recently, she spearheaded the Food Security Program at AUB, building capacity nationally and internationally. Dr. Hwalla is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Researcher Award by the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, the 2014 Susan Bulkely Butler Leadership Excellence Award by the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition group at Purdue University, USA, and more recently of the Researcher Pioneer Award by the Lebanese parliament.

Bassem Y. Safadi, MD
Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine​

Program Affiliates

Lara Nasreddine, PhD
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Abla Sibai, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences
Arafat Tfayli, MD
Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Lamis Jomaa , PhD
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Mohamad Alameddine, PhD
Department of Health Management and Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences
Joane Matta, PhD
Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (Holy Spirit University, Lebanon)
Lama Mattar, PhD
Nutrition Program, Department of Natural Sciences (Lebanese American University, Lebanon)
Khalil Helou, PhD
Nutrition Department (University of Saint Joseph, Lebanon)
​Farah Naja, PhD
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences​


 
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