Omar Dary

Food Fortification Specialist, A2Z Project,
USAID

Omar Dary is a Guatemalan biologist with a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of California, Riverside.
From 1990 to 2002, he worked at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP), leading the nutritional biochemistry and food composition laboratories. He moved to the United States to become the Food Fortification Specialist at the USAID-sponsored micronutrient program named MOST and its subsequent (current) project A2Z.
Dr. Dary has been involved in the design, policy making, implementation, supervision, monitoring and evaluation of nutritional initiatives aimed to prevent and reduce micronutrient deficiencies in developing countries. He has focused his attention on food fortification as a public health measure, always searching for creating complementary partnerships among the private, public, academic, and consumer protection sectors. He has also participated in devising new tools and procedures to measure the population and biological impact of several nutrition interventions, as well as to enforce food regulations under the limited resource conditions in developing countries.
He has provided technical assistance to food industries and governments in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Dary has served as a consultant and advisor for the World Health Organization (WHO); UNICEF; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Center for Disease Control (CDC); Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN); Helen Keller International (HKI), International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI); and the Micronutrient Initiative. He is a member of the Steering Committees of the Micronutrient Forum and the International Zinc Consultative Group. He is also a member of the Latin American Nutrition Society and the American Society of Nutrition.