As the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,  IAAND has over 1000 members and supporters, including student members and supporters, living in more than 78 countries. Members are internationally-minded Active, Student, International, and Retired Academy members, living inside and outside the United States, who practice in a wide variety of settings, including:

Colleges and Universities

Schools and the Community

Local Hospitals and Clinics

Private Practice and Consultation

Industry and Food Service Facilities

Government and Military

Research and Development

Board of Directors and Leadership Team

2023-2024 IAAND Board of Directors and Leadership Team

The Board of Directors (BOD) comprise the elected voting members of the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. IAAND’s BOD and Leadership Team collectively coordinate the activities of the organization according to the IAAND By-Laws.

Congratulations and a warm welcome to the new members of the Board of Directors and Leadership Team 2023-2024!

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Board of Directors

 Elected, voting officers

Ahlam El-Shikieri, PhD, MBA, CCN, CPHN

Saudia Arabia


Judith Beto, PhD, RDN

United States


Varsha T, PhD, RD, CCN, CNIS




United States

House of Delegates Representative

Esther Myers, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAND


Country Representatives Chair

Rupal Shah


Professional Development Chair

Sylvia Klinger, DBA, MS, RD, LDN


Strategic Communications Chair

Zhenie Velasco


Nominating/Awards Chair

(Non-voting elected Board of Directors position)

Tania Lee Xu Yar, MS, RDN, CSSD


Leadership Team

 Appointed, non-voting officers

Sponsorship Relations Chair

Rhea Fahd, BS, RD, LD


Student Services Co-Chair


Student Services Co-Chair


Scientific Committee/Conference Chair

Shanthi Dhandapani, PhD


International Projects Coordinator

Michiko Tomioka, MBA, RDN, IFNCP


Kids Eat Right International Coordinator

Bea Dykes


E-Global Coordinator

Sanele Nkomani


Newsletter Editor

Maria Bovill, DRPH, RD


Social Media Chair

Rafika Ghrawi


Website Manager



Facebook Team Member

Karla Padrelanan, RD, CSG, CNSC


LinkedIn Team Member

Rasha Al-Aseili


Twitter Team Member

Sruthi Kuruvath Suresh

United Arab Emirates

Member Services Chair

Ryanette Salido


Media Representative Chair

Karla Padrelanan, RD, CSG, CNSC


Nominating/Awards Committee 1st Seat

Naomi Trostler


Nominating/Awards Committee 2nd seat

Pablo Hernandez


Country Representative Chair Elect



Executive Director

Melisa Karabeyoglu


Past Presidents

View IAAND Leadership Team Organization Chart

How can I be involved with IAAND??

There are two ways to be involved with IAAND:

As a Member

  • Each member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is automatically assigned to a “state” affiliate.
    • IAAND is the equivalent of the  “state” affiliate for international members
  • HOWEVER, each Academy member can choose which state they wish to designate as their affiliate.
  • If you feel the IAAND goals and activities are more aligned with your interests they you can select IAAND as your “state” (and give up your membership related to the US State where you live).
    • You can request that your “state” affiliate be changed to IAAND at any time by doing one of the following:

As a Supporter

You can become a supporter if:

  • You are a member of the Academy of the Nutrition and Dietetics but want to maintain your United States “state” affiliate and take advantage of some of the IAAND membership benefits*
  • Access the Supporter application here
  • A $35 USD/year ($25 USD/year for students) fee is required for the IAAND membership year, June 1–May 31.

*Supporters may not vote in IAAND elections or serve in elected IAAND leadership positions, however can serve on committees/task forces.

As a Subscriber

If you are not eligible to become a member of the Academy of the Nutrition and Dietetics,

You can purchase key benefits from IAAND individually:

  • Webinars
  • Newsletters
  • Country Information Sheets
  • Each item is $10 USD/year with pricing tiers depending on your country.

For more information or to sign up please visit our subscription page.


What is IAAND?

The International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) is based in the United States. IAAND serves to connect nutrition and dietetic professionals worldwide who are members of the Academy. Members gain access to a listserv, monthly updates, and quarterly newsletters as well as many in-person opportunities to connect at international conferences pertaining to the field of nutrition and dietetics.

How do I join IAAND?

To be a member of IAAND you first need to be a member of the Academy.

To be a supporter of IAAND you need to be a member of the Academy and be affiliated with another affiliate group (e.g. Florida). Being an IAAND supporter is like being a member of a DPG or MIG while maintaining your state affiliate.

If you are not eligible to become a member of the Academy, consider being a  Subscriber to some of our non-member products (e.g. newsletters, country information sheets, or webinars).  

How do I join The IAAND Forum? 

Only members and supporters of IAAND have access to our forum.

As a member you can “join” a Forum on the Members Only page under “Get Involved”

What is an IAAND Supporter?

An IAAND supporter is anyone who is interested in international dietetics and nutrition issues and would like to be involved with IAAND, but

  • Is an Academy member who and would like to maintain a different state affiliate membership, but be involved with IAAND.

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