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Mary Corbett

Mary Corbett has worked in the humanitarian sector for the last 20 years. She has considerable experience in both emergency and development programming initially working in Somalia during the 92-93 crisis. Early in her career she has worked with GOAL, Oxfam and Concern Worldwide in a variety of nutrition and health programmes; developing proposals and managing programmes. She worked in the emergency department with Oxfam and the role included initial emergencies assessments followed on with developing programmes in some of the following countries; Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bosnia and Pakistan.

Mary was then recruited by Concern Worldwide as the nutrition adviser and the role included technical support to programmes and developing policy at head office level. Her background initially was as a registered nurse, which was followed on with a course in Tropical Medicine at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and later a Masters in Human Nutrition and Metabolism at Aberdeen University. Since 2003 she has worked as an independent consultant with numerous NGOs, UN agencies and donors. Her work includes numerous programme evaluations, development of technical material including national nutrition guidelines in a number of African countries, training and mentoring and conducting a number of studies.

She has been actively involved in the recent development of the new approach to the management of acute malnutrition with a specific focus on management of acute malnutrition in small children (less than 6mths). Over the last year Mary has worked as a nutrition technical consultant with Irish Aid supporting the SUN (scaling up nutrition) movement. Organizations and UN agencies supported include ACF, British Red Cross, Save the Children, Concern Worldwide, Trocaire, UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF and donors include DFID and Irish Aid. She is currently a board member of Plan Ireland.

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