FIA Lunch Series:
Driving Factors of Obesity in South East Asia

 25 August 2016
Time: 12pm - 2:00pm
Venue:  FIA Office (1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #19-07/08, Singapore 228208)

Is Urbanisation and the easy access to Processed and Packaged Food the root cause of South East Asia’s obesity problem?

Like most parts of the world, South East Asia is seeing a rapid growth in rates of obesity and non-communicable diseases. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity rates in the ASEAN 6 grew faster than those of the USA or the UK. SE Asia is currently experiencing a massive population transition – from rural to urban – and a much more readily available supply of packaged and processed foods.

So, are these two factors – urbanisation and processed food – at the heart of SE Asia’s obesity crisis, or are we missing something? In this seminar, Dr Regina Moench-Pfanner, ibn360 founder and CEO, will lead the discussion to identify the challenges and how they contribute to the multi-factorial problem of obesity.


Regina is an international nutrition specialist, with more than 30 years’ experience in the nutrition and health sector. She has and continues to serve as Advisor to governments, NGOs, the food industry and media on areas relating to food fortification, nutrition program interventions, and the complex dual burden of under-nutrition and obesity.  In her current capacity as CEO of ibn360, Regina works with clients in the public and private sectors to co-create solutions to sustainably improve nutrition, by strengthening linkages, translating ideas into action and channeling investments into impact, so people around the world can achieve better nutrition.

Regina has held roles at the country, regional and global levels, leading NGOs in the emergency and development sector, and brokering many noteworthy public-private-civic partnerships, including the implementation of nationwide staple food fortification in Asia, Latin America and Africa.

A Fulbright Scholar, Regina holds a master’s of science degree in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University, USA, and a doctorate in International Nutrition from the University of Bonn in Germany. She is the author and co-author of more than 60 articles published in peer-reviewed journals; has presented at numerous conferences and workshops; and is a board member of the Rice Bowl Index and steering committee member of the Asian Round Table of Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition.   

Please contact for further information and to register your interest in participating in this event by 15 August 2016.