Dear Members of the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,

I extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to each and every one of you as we come together for another exciting year of collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As the President, it is an honor to address this esteemed community of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of nutrition and dietetics on a global scale.

Our international affiliate represents a diverse group of individuals from various countries and cultural backgrounds, united by a common vision and mission: An international nutrition and dietetics community that promotes health and well-being through food and nutrition and Empower members through professional development and promotes global collaboration in the international nutrition and dietetics community. The breadth and depth of knowledge and expertise within our membership are truly remarkable, and it is through our collective efforts we can drive positive change and make a lasting impact.

The year 2023-2024 promises to be filled with exciting opportunities for growth, learning, and professional development. Our calendar is full of engaging events, thought-provoking webinars, IAAND 2024 conference, and collaborative projects that will allow us to leverage our collective expertise and address the pressing issues facing nutrition and dietetics in today’s world. There will be a “Coffee break” which is a one-hour event held once every two months, where all IAANDies will gather and get to know each other closely and collaboratively.

As members of the International Affiliate, you bring unique perspectives and experiences that enrich our collective knowledge base. The power of collaboration cannot be understated. You are encouraged to share your research findings, innovative practices, and cultural insights. These will broaden our understanding of nutrition and dietetics and develop effective strategies to promote health and well-being.

Lastly, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the members who have dedicated their time, energy, and expertise to the International Affiliate. Many thanks to our Board of Directors and Leadership Team for their voluntary work, dedication, creative ideas, and enthusiasm. As we embark on another year of growth and collaboration, let us remain united in our pursuit of excellence. Together, we can foster positive change, improve the health and well-being of individuals globally, and create a better future for generations to come.

Thank you for being part of IAAND. I look forward to a year filled with impactful collaborations, shared knowledge, and meaningful achievements.

Ahlam Badreldin El Shikieri, PhD, MBA, CPHN, CCNutr