Ideas Conclave Session: Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Ideas Conclave Session: Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Our next Ideas Conclave Session is in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Institute of Food Professionals (APIFP) to discuss the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.


The session will feature Dr. William Riley, Professor at University of Philippines, Dr. Malik Altaf Hussain Executive Director APIFP, Ms. Maha Javed Chief Nutrionist Pakistan Food Authority. Ms. Sadia Zia, Lecturer at University of Central Punjab, will moderate the session.


The session will cover: 

• The impact of COVID-19 on food security in low- and middle-income countries 

• The risks posed by COVID-19 on the nutritional status of infants, children, and women 

• The scale and extent of disruptions to the food supply chain caused by the pandemic 

• Additional nutritional challenges related to COVID-19

The session will be live on UCP Official Facebook page on November 9, 2020 at 11 am. 

Here is a brief introduction to the speakers:


Professor William Riley 

Dr William Riley received his Ph.D. in Nutrition from Cornell University (USA), and he subsequently completed Post-Doctoral training in Lipid Biochemistry at the University Of Minnesota (USA) and in Endocrinology at the University of Manitoba (Canada). Professor Riley has served in academic positions in the US, Canada, China and the Philippines, teaching in Nutrition, Biology, Food Safety and Quality, Exercise Physiology, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and Genetics. Dr Riley is currently living and working in Manila, Philippines, where he lectures part-time and manages his Hong Kong-based consulting business, which is focused on health and nutrition.

Dr. Malik Altaf Hussain 

Dr Hussain completed his PhD in Food Microbiology and Biotechnology from the University of Melbourne (Australia). He has received several academic awards and fellowships including OECD fellowship in 2014. Over last 20 years, Dr Hussain has worked at world-renowned universities, research institutes and food regulatory agencies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Pakistan. His professional expertise covers multiple disciplines including probiotics, food safety, food policy, food standards and regulation, and public health. He is an active and passionate food professional, affiliated with several associations. He has been leading the Asia-Pacific Institute of Food Professionals (APIFP, a professional network in the Asia-Pacific region) as an Executive Director for last five years. He is a strong advocate of professional collaboration and networking to address food supply, nutrition and public health challenges.

Ms. Maha Javed

Maha Javed is a qualified nutritionist with diverse professional background. She has taught at Kinnaird College for Women Lahore, Pakistan. She is a Consultant Community Nutritionist in a renowned government organization of Pakistan i.e. Punjab Food Authority. Her international engagements include participation in an exchange program at Oxford University United Kingdom, a Cultural Entrepreneurship program with a non-profit organisation in Melbourne Australia and a Youth Exchange Program in Turkey by the invitation from Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Youth Assembly. She is also working towards the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals in Pakistan as well as running a food company that designs foods for vulnerable community