Session Recordings

Check out highlights from the GCNForum Virtual Conference sessions below.

All panels and plenary sessions will be uploaded within 24 hours of airing. As the workshops will be held in multiple sessions, we encourage you to participate in a live session if possible. Highlights from workshops will be uploaded at the conclusion of the Forum.

Welcome Remarks from GCNF

Aired Monday, October 26, 2020

Speakers include:

Dr. Ronald Kleinman, President, Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF)

Arlene Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF)

Ryan Kennedy, Program Officer, Global Child Nutrition Foundation (GCNF)

Introduction to a Virtual Forum

Aired Monday, October 26, 2020

Hosted by Ryan Kennedy, Program Officer, GCNF


Tips and tricks for how to access live sessions, connect with participants, visit Virtual MarketPlace Booths and more.


After watching the video, download the GCNForum Guide to take these tips and tricks with you over the course of the event.

Technical Panel: New Challenges and Opportunities in Ensuring Access to Nutrition

Aired Tuesday, October 27, 2020

In this session, panelists discussed challenges that have newly emerged in light of the pandemic as well as those that have been exacerbated by the crisis. Presentations highlighted what we are learning about how to respond to these issues from early global experiences and where opportunities exist to recover and improve into the future.

Speakers include:

Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Yannick Foing, Global Director - Nutrition Improvement, DSM

Miriam Shindler, Programme Lead, Better Diets for Children, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Dr. Fatima Hachem, Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Team Leader, Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Week 2 Welcome Address

Aired Monday, November 2, 2020

Ryan Kennedy, GCNF Program Officer provides an overview of Week 1 activities and highlights ways to for Forum participants to engage in Week 2.

Technical Panel: School Feeding as a Tool to Fight Hunger (When Schools Are Closed)

Aired Tuesday, November 3, 2020

In this session, panelists highlight how the COVID-19 Pandemic has had an impact on global hunger and how, after 10 months of the Pandemic, school meal programs have been able to serve as a tool to fight against global hunger, both in the short-term and in looking to recovery in the future.

Moderated by Boitshepo "Bibi" Giyose, Senior Food and Nutrition Security Adviser, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Panelists included:

Carmen Burbano, Director of School Based Programmes, World Food Programme

Rafael Fabrega, Director - Food for Development, Tetra Laval

Cindy Long, Deputy Administrator, Child Nutrition Programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Karine Santos, General Coordinator for the National School Feeding Programme, Brazilian National Fund for Education Development

About the Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger and Malnutrition (CERFAM)

Aired Thursday, November 5, 2020

In this session, hear from Dr. Christiani Buani, Head of Operations of the UN World Food Programme's Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger and Malnutrition (CERFAM).


A regional hub for exchanges, partnership building and South-South Cooperation, the Regional Centre of Excellence against Hunger and Malnutrition (CERFAM) is the result of a partnership between the Government of Côte d’Ivoire and the World Food Programme (WFP) to support African countries in their national efforts to develop and implement sustainable policies and programmes to achieve Zero Hunger (SDG2) and combat all forms of malnutrition in line with the 2030 Agenda.

Technical Panel - Return to School: What Changes Are Needed to Deliver School Nutrition Safely When Schools Open

Aired Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Through this session, panelists share their experiences in the global process of reopening schools amidst the pandemic, the impact of school closures and its effects on food and nutrition of school children. and what we are learning about the role that programs like school meals can play in mitigating challenges now and into the future.


Moderated by Ms. Mamta Gurung Nyangmi, Asia Pacific Program Coordinator, Global Child Nutrition Foundation

Mr. Vijay Bhaskar, Director MDM and NAT, Ministry of Education, Government of India

Dr. Donald Bundy, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Ms. Deepika Sharma, Nutrition Specialist, Nutrition of School-age Children and Adolescents, Nutrition Section, UNICEF

Ms. Cornelia Sage, Chief of Party School Feeding, Catholic Relief Services, Laos

Updates from the Breakfast Club of Canada

Aired Wednesday, November 11, 2020

News and Developments from the hosts of the 2017 Global Child Nutrition Forum

Moderated by: Jackie Choquette, Vice President, Crestview Strategy


Featured Speakers:

The Honourable Maria-Claude Bibeau, Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
The Honourable Jean-François Roberge, Minister, Ministry of Education, Quebec, Canada
Arlene Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Child Nutrition Foundation
Judith Barry, Co-Founder and Director, Impact & Sustainable Solutions, Breakfast Club of Canada
Daniel Germain, Founding President, C.M., C.Q., M.S.M., Breakfast Club of Canada
Byron Beardy, Program Manager, Kimeechiminan, Four Arrows Regional Health Authority
Celina Stoyles, Executive Director, Kids Eat Smart Foundation, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Catherine Parsonage, Executive Director and CEO, Toronto Foundation for Student Success [TFSS], Ontario