Call for Nominations: President of the African Nutrition Society (ANS)


(15th May 2024)

Call for Nominations

 The African Nutrition Society Trustees hereby grant membership of the Society the opportunity to send in nominations for consideration by the Trustees for the following position:

 President of the African Nutrition Society (ANS)

 The duration of the mandate is two years with the possibility of a further two years extension. The following criteria will be applied in selecting the suitable candidate, who will be responsible for ensuring that the activities of the Society are undertaken in accordance with the ANS Constitution and regulatory frameworks of the Society.

The elected person will be wholly accountable to the ANS Board of Trustees and its entire membership in the execution of their duties and as the leader and global representative of the Society and, therefore, should have the following personal specifications and qualifications:

Personal Specifications

  • Ability and willingness to assume responsibility for ensuring that the general direction of ANS is consistent with its aims, and that these are pursued energetically, and effectively.
  • Ability to collaborate with the African Union for ANS to engage and contribute to Agenda 2063.
  • Ability to lead and provide strategic direction that ensures the Society’s continuing good standing internationally, and its active engagement and collaboration with regional and international stakeholders and participation in global nutrition and health related activities.
  • Ability to seize opportunities and assess risks in a continuously evolving context.
  • Possess a solid scientific foundation, expertise, and experience to represent the membership at international consultative events that require the ANS to be an authoritative voice for advancement of nutrition concerns in Africa and globally.
  • Have the capacity to lead a team and work closely and harmoniously with the Board of Trustees to ensure the delivery of the Society’s agreed vision and strategic plans.
  • Ability to develop and support leadership within the Society and the wider African nutrition and nutrition related community.
  • Ability to guide and assume the effective management and oversight of the Society’s budget.


A known and respected person well established in the nutrition fraternity with a track record that fulfills the above criteria.

An active member of the Society with significant contribution to the Society’s work and/or a commitment to the philosophy and agenda of the Society.

A commitment to teamwork, and with a clear vision for growing the Society and contributing to its central place as an independent international nutrition professional body.

An international and regional outlook and evidence of engagement with the nutrition and nutrition related communities.

A background and experience that allows for an appreciation of the growing complexity of drivers of malnutrition and the multi-factor and multidisciplinary nature of food and nutrition security.

Awareness of new advances in food and nutrition related research technologies and multidisciplinary research methods of potential interest to Africa.

Be conversant and/or prolific with social media e.g. twitter, LinkedIn, for promoting ANS and advancing its key issues.

Preference will be given to a senior academic with an exemplary track record, based in a research or institution of higher learning or a similar experienced individual working in the field who can actively commit sufficient amounts of their time to the Society’s work.

It is essential that the chosen candidate declares the intention to commit sufficient amounts of their time for ANS duties and activities.

Closing Date for Nominations

All nominations must be signed by the Nominee and seconded by TWO paid up (active) members) of the Society and addressed to the ANS Elections Committee via e-mail to: Dr. Habiba Hassan-Wassef (e-mail: accompanied by a word-processed full personal history (not exceeding 2 pages of A4, Times New Roman font size 12) on or before 10th/July/2024. All applicants must include a one-page vision statement of what they want ANS to achieve and how they see their role as President of ANS. The result of the selection by the Trustees will be announced and published on the ANS website ( and in the IUNS Newsletter “eight” weeks following the date limit of the call for nominations.


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