Emily Mates is an experienced public health nutritionist, working for the last 19 years across humanitarian and development policy, strategy and programming, mostly in Africa. She has a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has broad-ranging experience of health service delivery and systems; including nutrition, health care management and community programming initiatives. She was extensively involved with the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) approach since the first pilot in Ethiopia in 2000 and its subsequent transition from small INGO programmes to national level scale-up and integration into routine health services. More recently Emily has been leading an ‘interest group’ for those working in adolescent nutrition, including academics, researchers and practitioners.

Emily works part time as a Technical Director for Emergency Nutrition Network (ENN) where she leads a number of projects and part time as a consultant for a number of different partners; Donors, the UN and INGOs. She has a particular interest in providing technical support, analysis, policy and strategy development for partners and in supporting governments to develop strategies and policies for longer-term solutions to the problems of malnutrition.