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Steve Collins

Founder and Executive Director, Valid

Dr. Steve Collins is one of the two founders and an executive director of both Valid International Ltd and Valid Nutrition. He is a medical doctor with a doctorate in nutrition and has worked in aid and development since 1985. In 1998, he developed the Community based Therapeutic Care model, subsequently called the community based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) model. Steve has since been the central figure behind the development and expansion of CMAM using Ready to Use Foods (RUFs), and the acceptance of these innovations by the World Health Organization. In 2001, he received an MBE for his services to humanitarianism. He is a respected academic, widely published in major international journals, including Nature Medicine and The Lancet. Steve is a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Child Health in London and holds an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Long Island University. His work has received several awards for innovation and in 2010 was elected a Senior Fellow of ASHOKA.