London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine graduate Anna Taylor has been awarded an OBE for services to tackling global undernutrition, it was announced in the Queen’s Birthday honours list this week.
Anna, who graduated from the School’s MSc Public Health Nutrition course in 1994, worked for several years with Save the Children and is now Senior Nutrition Advisor at the UK Department for International Development, where she has been instrumental in scaling-up activities on undernutrition over the past five years. She led on last year’s successful Nutrition for Growth event that resulted in £2.7bn in commitments from donors, philanthropists and civil society organisations.
Dr. Alan Dangour, the current MSc course director said: “It is fantastic that our MSc was the stepping stone that helped Anna forge such a great career. Anna’s tireless work on nutrition in international development has been a driving force behind unprecedented recent efforts to reduce the global burden of undernutrition and I am enormously proud that the School has played a role in her success.”
Professor Peter Piot, Director of the School, added: “Congratulations to Anna for these outstanding achievements. Nutrition is one of the major challenges facing the world today, and it is wonderful to see School alumni making such important contributions in this vital area of health and development.”