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A global community of dietitians engaged in food and nutrition related health initiatives with diverse populations

2021 IAAND Leadership Team

We are pleased to announce and welcome our new leaders in the IAAND leadership team of 2021. They have been elected and appointed among many excellent applicants.

Please join us in congratulating them!

President-Elect: Varsha T, PhD, RD, CCN, CNIS
Secretary-Treasurer: Tania Lee Xu Yar, MS, RDN, CSSD
Nominating Committee Chair – Elect 1st Seat: Abigail Navarro, RD, MSc, PhD
Nominating Committee Chair – Elect 2nd Seat: Yasuko Kato, RDN
Strategic Communications Chair: Sylvia Klinger, DBA, MS, RDN
Student Services Co-chair: Amal Sakr
Scientific Committee Chair: Debra Hook, RDN, MPH, FAND, MCHES, PhDc
International Projects Coordinator: Ahlam El Shikieri, PhD
KERI Coordinator: Yanin Lopez
Members Services Chair: Sabeen Siddiqui, RDN
Media Representative Chair: Karla Padrelanan, RD, CSG, CNSC
Newsletter Editor: Marise Abboud

The committee would like to thank all the applicants who applied and for your support of the nomination and election processes. If you’re interested to volunteer with IAAND, please email us at

IAAND Joint Symposium

IAAND is partnering with the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine and Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Groups to bring you a joint virtual symposium.

The Intersection of Culture and Nutrition: Our role in elevating DEI and sustainability in dietetics

Date: Saturday, April 10th, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (CST)

Click here for more information and to register for the symposium.

Annual Affiliate Award Nominations

It’s time for the Annual Affiliate Award Nominations!

Do you know an IAAND member that is deserving of one of the annual affiliate awards? These are open to IAAND members who have been involved with leadership and service, in addition to their professional work.

There are 5 awards:
Emerging Dietetic Leader Award: The Emerging Dietetics Leader Award recognizes the competence and activities of members, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers.

Outstanding Dietetics Student Award: The Outstanding Dietetics Student Award recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs and encourages their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award: This award recognizes the commitment to excellence made by an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the profession.

Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year: This award recognizes the professional contributions of dietetic technicians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and encourages their continued participation in association affairs.

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award: The purpose of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in Academy affairs.

For more information about the award selection criteria and requirements, please see the Academy’s website.

In addition to the Academy Affiliate Awards, IAAND also offers two unique awards to our members. These include:

  • Country Representative Award
  • IAAND Service Award

To nominate someone, please email and provide the name of the award you are nominating them for, the name of your nominee, and their email address (unless you are self-nominating). The Awards Committee will contact your nominee and provide them with application information.

Nominations are due by April 24, 2021. Applications must be completed no later than May 1, 2021. Please consider nominating a deserving IAAND member. We welcome self-nominations as well!

IAAND Awards Committee

Presentations for FNCE 2021

Feeling inspired by this year’s FNCE sessions and/or have an idea for a future Spotlight Session for FNCE 2021?

If so, then IAAND’s leadership team invites you to reach out and pitch us your idea! IAAND is currently is looking for original ideas and subject matter experts to present advanced level, cutting-edge, and evidence-based sessions that address current challenges faced by nutrition and dietetics professionals.

If you have an idea you’d like to present at the conference, please contact our Scientific Committee/Conference Chair ( and our Professional Development Chair ( with a summary of your idea by no later than November 2nd, 2020. Please note that the submission of your idea does not guarantee IAAND will select it for final submission to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Committee for Lifelong Learning nor does it guarantee than IAAND can cover all costs associated with presenting at FNCE 2021 should your submission be selected.

For more information about presenting at FNCE, please visit Thanks and we look forward to reviewing your ideas!



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IAAND President 2020-2021

Monique Richard – IAAND President 2020-2021

Welcome IAAND board of directors and leadership team to the 2020-2021 year!

Emily Dickinson said “I dwell in possibility,” a sentiment I strongly share and invite you to wrap around yourself. When we combine our energy, our expertise, our passion, our innovations, we not only make the impossible possible, we form new realms of possibility previously inconceivable. Let yourself envision how we can come together as a team for our members, colleagues and volunteers around the globe. Let’s dwell in the possibility of food insecurity and malnutrition being non-existent, obliterating socio-economic disparities and injustice. Let’s work toward the elevation of regenerative agriculture, health prioritized in every sector with nutrient-dense food first, nurturing ancient tradition and wisdom with current research and recommendations while honoring the connection between body, mind and spirit. Let’s dwell in the possibility of cooking more often being more common, that clean water for everyone is a non-negotiable basic human right, protected by all. Let’s dwell in the possibility that food brings us together, but as individuals, our needs are unique.

I look forward to a year where we flourish in the face of adversity but maintain a solid foundation for our members, a year filled with possibilities. Let’s combine our hopes, wishes and dreams, then work together to make them happen.

Monique Richard

IAAND President 2020-2021