Rita comes with over twenty years of experience in managing public health and nutrition programmes. She has worked with NGOs, UN agencies dedicated to protection, public health, food security and nutrition, education of children and HIV and AIDS. Rita has worked with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (1986-2000), heading the Nutrition unit based in Geneva and in the Horn of Africa. She was involved in most major emergencies during the 90s and involved in some of the most important developments in the emergency food and nutrition sector during this period. She has also worked for the World Food Programme in Rome in 2000 in the Strategy and Policy Division and later in the Regional Bureau in Asia. Rita frequently acts as a resource person in many international training and workshops in public health nutrition.