Addressing Global Health Challenges, One Child at a Time: Fireside Chat with Navyn Salem ('94), Founder and CEO of Edesia Nutrition
In 2007, Navyn Salem (BC '94) set out to help end the crisis of malnutrition for over 250 million children around the world by setting up a factory in Tanzania, her father's home country, that would produce ready-to-use therapeutic foods to treat severe acute malnutrition. In 2009 she expanded the vision by founding Edesia, a U.S. non-profit food aid manufacturer with a mission to treat and prevent malnutrition in developing countries worldwide. The factory in North Kingstown, RI produces a range of fortified, peanut-based products like Plumpy'Nut for humanitarian agencies like UNICEF, World Food Programme, USAID and other NGOs working in emergency and conflict zones. Since 2010, Edesia has reached nearly 6 million children in 50 countries, including Somalia, Nigeria, Guatemala, Yemen and Syria. In 2018, Edesia will launch its first commercial line of products in the U.S.
This session will be faciltated by Gautam Yadama, Dean and Professor of Boston College's School of Social Work. The fireside chat will be followed by a reception, celebrating both the work of of Navyn, as well as the opening of the 2017 IEW week.
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs and Office of International Students and Scholars.
Monday, November 13, 2017 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Corcoran Commons, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467