The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

Speakers


Ana M. Parrilla Rodríguez

Dr. Ana M. Parrilla Rodríguez is a Public Health physician specialising in breastfeeding medicine. She is an Associate Professor at ...

Andre Nikiema

André Nikiéma is the Regional Coordinator of IBFAN for French speaking African countries...

Angela Smith

Angela Smith works as a Nursing Unit Manager at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital...

Anne Schaerer-Batterjee

Anne Schaerer-Batterjee is one of the founders of the first Cancer Society in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she worked on women’s health issues. She is an active advocator for BFHI ...

Annelies Allain

Annelies Allain graduated in languages and holds a Master in development studies. She worked with development NGOs in Europe and Africa ...

Anwar Fazal

Anwar Fazal is the Chairperson Emeritus of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), and has been a driving force in the founding and growth of WABA and also various international NGOs...

Arun Gupta

Dr Arun Gupta is a senior pediatrician with more than 35 years of experience and has written extensively on infant health in the Economic and Political Weekly, Times of India, and Civil Society...

Asha D. Benakappa

Dr. Asha D. Benakappa is currently working as Professor of Pediatrics at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute and has been promoting breastfeeding...

Audrey Naylor

Audrey Naylor, President and CEO of Wellstart International, is a board certified pediatrician with additional training in infant development, maternal and child health and epidemiology...

Elaine Petitat-Côté

Elaine Petitat-Côté is both Canadian and Swiss; she is bilingual English-French. After studying Spanish in Barcelona, she studied history at the University of Geneva, majoring on...

Elisabet Helsing

Elisabet Helsing has been active in the breastfeeding movement for the last 45 years. In 1968 she wrote a pamphlet on breastfeeding...

Elise van Rooyen

Dr Elise van Rooyen was born in Durban, South Africa. After completing her MBChB studies at the University of Pretoria and working at HF Verwoerd hospital...

Felicity Savage

Felicity Savage lived and worked as a pediatrician in developing countries for a total of 18 years...

Ines Fernandez

Ines Fernandez is the Co-coordinator of WABA’s Women and Work Task Force. She is also the Executive Director and pioneering founder of ARUGAAN...

J Solomon

Mr. J Solomon is the General Secretary of the National Union of Bank Employees, Peninsular Malaysia since year 2001 and a General Council member of the Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC)...

James Achanyi-Fontem

James Achanyi-Fontem is a Senior Health Journalist and Communication Consultant of the Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada and Farm Radio International, Ottawa...

Johanna Bergerman

Johanna Bergerman works as a Public Health Nutritionist in Saskatchewan Canada...

Joyce Chanetsa

After graduating from Queensland University, Australia with a double major in Biochemistry and Microbiology, Joyce Chanetsa joined the Ministry of Health in...

JP Dadhich

Dr. JP Dadhich is a senior Paediatrician based in Delhi, who has been trained in neonatology, developmental neurology, infant and ...

Khalid Iqbal

Khalid Iqbal is a clinician currently working as a Neonatologist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Dubai Hospital...

Lenore Goldfarb

Lenore Goldfarb, B. Comm., B. Sc., Dip. C., IBCLC, is a lactation consultant/researcher at the Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic and Program at the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada..

Louise James

Louise James is the Acting Coordinator of IBFAN Oceania and Coordinator of the Infant Feeding Association of New Zealand...

Lourdes Fidalgo

Lourdes Fidalgo is a nutritionist specialising in public health and food security...

Marina Ferreira Rea

Marina Ferreira Rea is a Medical Doctor and a specialist in Human Lactation with Wellstart International...

Marta Trejos

Marta Trejos is the Founder and Executive Director of CEFEMINA, Feminist Center for Information and Action...

Mary J Renfrew

Professor Mary J Renfrew is Director of the Mother and Infant Research Unit in the University of York, England, and a Senior Investigator with the UK National Institute for Health Research....

Michael Latham

Michael Latham is an emeritus professor of international nutrition at Cornell University and pioneer in the field of global health...

Mimi de Maza

Mimi de Maza is a Breastfeeding Educator from the University of San Diego...

Miriam H Labbok

Miriam H Labbok is a professor and director of the Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) at the University of North Carolina...

Nand Wadhwani

Nand Wadhwani is the Founding Trustee of The Mother and Child Health and Education Trust...

Paige Hall Smith

Paige Hall Smith is the Associate Professor of Public Health Education and Director of the Center for Women's Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina...

Patti Rundall

Trained as an artist and teacher, Patti has worked with IBFAN since 1980...

Paulina Smith

Paulina Smith was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as has been living in Mexico City for 37 years...

Pushpa Panadam

Pushpa Panadam graduated with a B. Sc. Hons in Chemistry and Diploma Education from the University of Malaya and an LLB Hons from the University of London...

Rae Davies

Rae Davies, BSH, CD (DONA), LCCE, IBCLC, is the WABA Health Care Practices Task Force Co-coordinator...

Ray Maseko

Ray Maseko holds qualifications in Business Administration and Human Resources Management...

Rebecca Magalhães

Rebecca Magalhães has worked in breastfeeding promotion, protection, and support since she went to her first mother-to mother support meeting in 1973...

Renu Khanna

Renu Khanna is a feminist women’s health and rights activist...

Rukhsana Haider

Rukhsana Haider works as a Public Health Specialist, and is currently based in Dhaka, Bangladesh...

Sabrina Sunderraj & Ahmad Taiff bin Isahak

Ahmad Taiff is an electronics engineer teaching at Disted College Penang; Sabrina Sunderraj is a member of Penang's Mother-to-Mother-Peer-Support (MMPS) group...

Timmi Tillmann & Maruja A. Salas

Maria A. Salas is a Peruvian anthropologist...

Virginia Thorley

Virginia Thorley has been involved in mother support in Australia for over four decades...

Wendy H Oddy

Associate Professor Oddy leads the program of nutrition research on the West Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) ...

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