2nd Annual


2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction
Dean James Ryan
, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Professor Wafaie Fawzi, Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

2:15 p.m. Featured Remarks
Professor Maureen Black, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2:45 p.m. Panel Presentation and Discussion
Dr. Pia Britto, UNICEF
Dr. Jena Hamadani, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)
Professor Sylvia Kaaya, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
Professor Gunther Fink, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

4:15 p.m. Featured remarks
Professor Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

4:45 p.m. Closing remarks
Professor Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
Professor Wafaie Fawzi, Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

5:00 p.m. Reception and Poster Session


Dean James RyanDean James Ryan is the 11th dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A leading expert on law and education, Ryan has written extensively about the ways in which law structures educational opportunity. His articles and essays address such topics as school desegregation, school finance, school choice, standards and testing, pre-k, and the intersection of special education and neuroscience. Dean Ryan is also the co-author of the textbook Educational Policy and the Law, and the author of Five Miles Away, A World Apart, which was published in 2010 by Oxford University Press. In addition, Ryan has authored articles on constitutional law and theory and has argued before the United States Supreme Court. Before coming to Harvard, Dean Ryan was the Matheson & Morgenthau Distinguished Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law. He also served as academic associate dean from 2005-09 and founded and directed the school’s Program in Law and Public Service. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Virginia.


wfawzi_new_photoDr. Wafaie Fawzi is Professor of Nutrition, Epidemiology and Global Health and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He completed his medical training at the University of Khartoum, Sudan and his Doctorate of Public Health in 1992 in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  He has experience in the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials and observational epidemiologic studies of perinatal health and infectious diseases, with emphasis on nutritional factors. These include examining the epidemiology of adverse pregnancy outcomes, childhood infections, and HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria among populations in Tanzania, India and other developing countries.  Dr. Fawzi is also a Principal Investigator of the MDH HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Program in Tanzania, which provides for scaling up quality care and treatment services and building operational research capacity.  He is a founding member of the Africa Academy of Public Health, a Harvard affiliated organization that aims to train future public health leaders and build strong research collaborations with partners in Africa.


Maureen BlackDr. Maureen Black is the John A. Scholl MD and Mary Louise Scholl MD Endowed Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as well as an adjunct professor in the Center for Human Nutrition, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Black holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, as well as an M.A. in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. She is the founder/director of the Growth and Nutrition Clinic at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, a multidisciplinary clinic that provides services to children with poor growth and feeding problems throughout the state. Dr. Black has conducted research and interventions relating to children’s nutrition, health and development in low-income communities around the world. She has successfully attracted federal funding from NIH, USDA and several national foundations to conduct intervention trials to promote growth and development among undernourished children. Her research has led to over 250 publications.


Jack Shonkoff

Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is the Julius B. Richmond FAMRI Professor of Child Health and Development at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital; and Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, he served as Chair of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and chaired a blue-ribbon committee that produced the landmark report, From Neurons to Neighborhoods: The Science of Early Childhood Development. Dr. Shonkoff has received multiple honors, including elected membership to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the C. Anderson Aldrich Award in Child Development from the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children from the Society for Research in Child Development. In 2011, he launched Frontiers of Innovation, a multi-dimensional learning community of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, investors, experts in systems change, and creative change agents who are committed to driving science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough impacts on the development and health of young children facing adversity.


Pia Rebello BrittoDr. Pia Rebello Britto, Ph.D., Global Chief and Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development, UNICEF, obtained her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University and prior to joining UNICEF she was an Assistant Professor at Yale University’s Child Study Center. Dr. Britto has worked in low, middle and high income countries developing integrated systems and policies for early childhood. In particular, she has investigated the role of governance and finance of national systems in achieving equity, access and quality, conceptualized models for implementation and evaluation of quality early childhood services and parenting. Most recently, Dr. Britto is involved in work examining the relationship between early childhood and peace building. Within the United States, Dr. Britto is known for her scientific work on young children’s early literacy development, early intervention program evaluations, and identity development of Muslim and Arab children. Dr. Britto is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards in recognition for her work and has published numerous books, articles, chapters and reports, and has presented extensively at conferences, meetings and workshops (academic and non-academic) globally.


Jena HamadaniDr. Jena Hamadani is currently a scientist at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) and is Head of its Child Development Unit. She graduated from Rajshahi Medical College in 1983 and completed her Diploma in Child Health with distinction in 1996. In 2004 she received her Ph.D. in child development from the Institute of Child Health at the University College London. Dr Hamadani has been a pioneer in child development research in Bangladesh and has adapted, modified and developed tools to assess children’s development in the country. Her adaptations of tools are also used in the neighboring countries e.g. India and Nepal. She has received several awards for her research in Bangladesh and abroad. She has conducted several projects on effects of food, micronutrients, psychosocial stimulation, infection, toxicants and maternal conditions on child development in Bangladesh and has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hamadani recently published a study that looked at how poverty influences cognitive deficit among Bangladeshi children in the first five years of life.


Dr. Sylvia Kaaya serves as the dean, School of Medicine, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a medical doctor and holds a Doctorate in Health Sciences, Master of Science in Medicine (Psychiatry) and a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry. Supported by Carnegie Foundation grants, she has completed two fellowship programs in health and behavior through Harvard Medical School. Areas of expertise include psychiatry epidemiology, adolescent sexuality, biostatistics and health services research. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Mental Health Programme (Tanzania). Prof. Kaaya is a member of the Medical Association of Tanzania as well as a founding member of the Mental Health Association of Tanzania.​


Gunther FinkProf. Günther Fink is Associate Professor of International Health Economics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an affiliated faculty member of the Center on the Developing Child. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, as well as a Master’s in applied economics from the University of Michigan. Dr. Fink’s work focuses on developing and evaluating new and innovative approaches to improving child health and child development. He has worked on evaluations of national and community-based health insurance initiatives in Ghana and Burkina Faso, community-based health workers programs in Nigeria, and large-scale private and public sector initiatives to reduce the burden of malaria in Angola, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia. He is currently the PI of the Zambia Early Childhood Development Project as well as the Sao Paulo Western Region Project, two longitudinal studies exploring the long-term effects of early life adversity. He is currently also working on two cluster-randomized trial aiming at improving nutritional and early learning outcomes among children under 5 in Zambia, as well as an mHealth program designed to increase vaccination coverage in Mozambique. Dr. Fink is the recipient of grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, Grant Challenges Canada and the Milton Foundation.