Ellen Piwoz

Nutrition Lead,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ellen Piwoz is the Interim Deputy Director and Nutrition Lead for the nutrition team in the Family Health division of Global Health Program. She joined The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007. Her work is predominantly focused on research and integrated strategies to improve nutrition in women and children. Dr. Piwoz is a member of the Nutrition, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) and HIV Strategic Program Teams.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2007, Dr. Piwoz was the Director of the Center for Nutrition at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC. She also held faculty appointments in the School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In these capacities, she directed the Sustainable Approaches to Nutrition in Africa Project, advised the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Africa and PEPFAR programs, and conducted research on nutrition, infant feeding, and HIV in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa. She was a member the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Nutrition and HIV/AIDS and the Inter-agency Task Team for Prevention of Mother-to Child HIV Transmission. She was also an Elected Councilor of the Society for International Nutrition Research at the American Society of Nutrition from 2002 to 2006.

Dr. Piwoz has a Doctor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and a Master of Health Science degree in International Health from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health.