As a senior program associate on the nutrition team at R4D, Emily Thacher works across financing, innovation and market shaping practice areas to promote uptake of proven nutrition interventions.
While at R4D, Ms. Thacher has contributed to several projects. Within the financing practice, she led data analysis for R4D’s global nutrition resource tracking work. In the innovation practice, she worked on a landscaping analysis of diet-related innovations in the Indo-Pacific for the Australian government’s InnovationXchange, as well as creating and reviewing models to estimate the potential impact of innovations funded by Grand Challenges Canada. Within the market shaping practice, Ms. Thacher analyzed demand-side barriers to the scale-up of weekly iron and folic acid supplementation.
Previously, Ms. Thacher contributed to R4D’s development of a nutrition action plan for the African Development Bank by reviewing evidence for whether interventions in different fields — among them, agriculture, health, education and early childhood development — created impact further down the line on nutrition, while also considering how the private sector and women’s empowerment measures influence nutrition.
Before joining R4D, Ms. Thacher conducted research in Uganda on how nurses are trained to manage and prevent non-communicable diseases. Previously, she worked at the Disease Control Priorities Network in her native Seattle, where she assessed intervention costs and cost-effectiveness in low- and middle-income countries. She also spent several months teaching community health and nutrition in rural Mexico.
Ms. Thacher holds a BA in the history of science, medicine and public health from Yale University, where she was also selected to participate in the Global Health Fellows program. She speaks English and Spanish.