Fortunata Chuwa is part of the National Catalyst Team responsible for accelerating the implementation of the National Multisectoral Nutrition Action Plan (NMNAP). As a nutrition research specialist, Fortunata provides her expertise to support the Government and its implementing bodies with nutrition coordination, management, and data interpretation. She found her roots first in the United Nations System, starting off as a Social Development Specialist with UNDP, then Senior Programme Assistant at WFP. She also worked for UN Women as a Gender and Social Inclusion Analyst and later as a UNICEF Nutrition Officer where she was instrumental in updating the national protocol for treatment and management of children with severe acute malnutrition in support of the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center (TNFC).
Fortunata received a Master of Science in Social Development and International Health from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and Human Nutrition from the Sokoine University of Agriculture. Fortunata combines a passion for human nutrition, data science, capacity building, integrated management of acute malnutrition, and gender inclusion to help accelerate research into the intersection of food systems, human nutrition, and health in the national response to changes in population, consumption behaviors, demographics, environmental, and climate change.