Martin Bloem
Food System Change

Martin Bloem joined the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future as Director in December 2017, relocating to Baltimore from Rome, Italy, where he spent 12 years as a senior nutrition adviser at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and as the WFP’s Global Coordinator for UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. He is no stranger to Baltimore, having also served during the same 12 years as adjunct associate professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Bloem has more than three decades of experience in nutrition research and policy. He was the senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Helen Keller International prior to his appointment at the WFP. Dr. Bloem has devoted his career to improving the effectiveness of public health and nutrition programs through applied research. He has participated in task forces lead by many organizations, including the UN Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN); the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF); the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Bloem holds a medical degree from the University of Utrecht and a Doctorate from the University of Maastricht.