Carlos Andres Gallegos Riofrío is a PhD candidate, adjunct professor and researcher at the E3 Nutrition Lab at the Brown School in Washington University in St. Louis [WUSTL] (St. Louis, U.S.). He is also a research associate for the (i) the Institute for Research in Health and Nutrition and (ii) the Center for Sociocultural Studies of the Universidad San Francisco de Quito [USFQ] (Quito, Ecuador). Carlos Andres is a PhD Fellow in the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and serves in the editorial board of the Journal on Race, Inequality, and Social Mobility (St. Louis, U.S.). Previously, Carlos Andres was a research fellow for the H.C. Coombs Public Policy Forum, a joint-collaboration between the Australian National University [ANU] and the Australian Public Service (Canberra, Australia).
Carlos Andres’ main work has two convergent areas. One area focuses on indigenous people’s survival, particularly, the intersection of food-systems, nutrition, environment and culture. The other in how to translate and transfer the knowledge, technologies and values of indigenous communities to the wide society, in order to face global challenges such as food insecurity, loss of biodiversity and soil fertility, and climate change. He has a multidisciplinary profile and more than a decade of experience in fieldwork, research and dissemination. He has written extensively for scientific journals, coauthored a book, a chapter, a social marketing manual and several technical reports. Specifically, he has worked in public health, nutrition, agroecology, social marketing, development, evaluation and public policy, together with community leaders, governments, non-governmental organizations and in partnership with international organizations in Ecuador, Australia and the U.S.
Among his relevant career milestones, Carlos Andres was the field director and designed the social marketing strategy of a successful double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, based on micronutrients supplementation with Sprinkles, which defined micronutrient public policy in Ecuador (2007-2008). He led a national level research about feeding practices, food security, and nutritional status of Ecuadorian population for the National Secretary of Planning and Development (2009-2010). More recently, he was the project coordinator and designed the social marketing strategy for a successful randomized controlled trial to test an egg-based intervention (2014-2015); a project known as the “Lulun Project,” which changed the nutrition public policy in Ecuador about eggs during complementary feeding period, replicated currently in Malawi, and nowadays an international benchmark in nutrition research and social marketing.
Carlos Andres has a BA in Psychology and two minors, in Latin American Studies and in Contemporary Arts, from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, where he graduated with honors (Cum Laude), as well as a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from the Australian National University, specialization in Society and Environment, where he received the “Chancellor’s Commendation,” the maximum recognition for academic excellence.