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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


After more than a year of living during the COVID-19 pandemic, what have we learned when it comes to diet quality, feeding behaviors, and how these have changed over the past several months? 

When the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, the world was unprepared for the many changes that lay ahead including the adjustments to our diet. From what we eat to the way that we feed our children, learn more about the nutrition implications of the pandemic in IAAND’s latest member webinar “Nutrition in Lockdown: One Year Later” on June 1st at 11 AM CST.

Join Abigail Navarro, RD, MSc, PhD, IBCLC and Professor Mona Boaz, RD, PhD of Ariel University to discover how social isolation and home quarantine affects diet quality, body weight, and breastfeeding adherence. After attending this webinar, participants will walk away with an increased understanding of the association between anxiety, support, and diet quality during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ideas for preventative strategies to ensure better health outcomes.

Participants will earn 1 CPEU for their attendance, so don’t delay and register for this FREE webinar today!

Diabetes doesn’t stop… even in times of crisis

Join DiaLeb for our online workshop titled: “Basic Carbohydrate Counting: A Case Study Approach” and earn your Continuing Professional Education Units (CPEUs) from The Academy.

All collected funds shall be donated to DiaLeb – The National Diabetes Organization, an NGO, for their “Diabetes Relief campaign” that aims to secure diabetes medications for those who were affected by the Explosion of the port on April 4, 2020, in Beirut, Lebanon.

We cannot control what happened… but together we can control diabetes.

You can find more details through this link:

Date: May 25, 2021
Time: 6:00 PM, Eastern European Summer Time (EEST)

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