Based in in New Delhi, Purnima Menon is a member of the Consortium Steering Group and is also a country lead in India.
Purnima Menon is Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, and is based at IFPRI’s Asia office in New Delhi, India. Purnima conducts applied nutrition research in the South Asia region, with a focus on research to improve programmes and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition. Purnima leads the measurement, learning and evaluation team for Alive and Thrive. This is a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-supported initiative to improve infant and young child feeding and child nutrition in Bangladesh, Viet Nam and Ethiopia. Purnima also co-leads POSHAN (Partnerships and Opportunities to Strengthen and Harmonise Actions for Nutrition in India), also supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This programme builds evidence on delivering and scaling up direct nutrition interventions in India, and engages with policy and programme audiences around the use of evidence. Purnima has a PhD in International Nutrition from Cornell University and an MSc in Nutrition from the University of Delhi. She also holds the appointment of courtesy associate professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University.