Marika Nomura

Senior Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Dr. Nomura is the Senior Advisor (Nutrition and Health) at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She is responsible for supervising a JICA program on nutrition improvement, health promotion, and prevention of non-communicable diseases. As a researcher, her areas of focus are public health and nutrition for 15 years. Prior to joining JICA, she has held positions in research and academia, including as an assistant professor at Juntendo University School of Medicine in Japan, a community nutrition expert for a JICA project in the Republic of Yemen, a Takemi fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior researcher at National Institute of Public Health in Japan. Dr. Nomura is currently interested in identifying “the double/triple duty actions” that have the potential to address the global burden of malnutrition, specifically based on Japan’s experience of over 70 years with nutrition interventions in terms of policies, community engagement, and health personnel. Dr. Nomura holds Master’s degrees in Home Economics and Business Administration and a PhD in Medicine.

Marika is speaking at

June 13, 2019
9:10 am - 9:40 am
Kitchen Stage


  • Sandro Demaio (Moderator) CEO, EAT
  • Marika Nomura (Panelist) Senior Advisor, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
  • Boyd Swinburn (Panelist) Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health, University of Auckland
  • Mameni L. Morlai (Panelist) SUN Government Focal Point, Ministry of Health


Malnutrition in all its forms, including undernutrition, overweight and obesity, and other dietary risks, is responsible for more global illness than any other cause. Current food production practices are pushing environmental systems beyond safe boundaries and contributing to climate change, with additional detrimental effects for human health, as well as for planetary health. Addressing the systemic drivers of these challenges is crucial to achieve progress. This panel will explore how we can work more collaborative in identifying and implementing “win-win” solutions, and the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders within such efforts.

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