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Sophiya Uprety
Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition) 2003 and Master of Public Health 2009


I am currently...
Working as a Programme Officer (Nutrition) with the United Nations World Food Programme in Nepal providing technical and programmatic support related to nutrition policies and interventions.

I chose Deakin because...
I was attracted by the food science and nutrition degree. I chose Deakin again for my Masters because I was happy with the overall quality of the education I received there with my bachelor degree.  

After leaving uni...
I went back home to Nepal and worked with UNICEF for four years, starting first as an intern. Then I was back to Australia for Masters degree and again returned home and had the opportunity to work with several UN agencies and fully utilising my university degrees. 

At uni I was inspired...
by the courses that I studied both at bachelor and masters levels.

Today, I am motivated by...
The strong global and national momentum that has been generated to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations. The far-reaching and irreversible consequences of under nutrition plus the significant losses it causes at personal as well as national level are being increasingly recognised.

In my profession it is important...
To keep up with your professional development and always striving to expand your knowledge base of the humanitarian area and this includes; reading about new reasearch findings, working closely with communities and learning from other related best practices as well as sharing own experiences and results with others. 

Professionally, my proudest achievement is...
Being able to engage, provide technical support and contribute to national plans and strategies related to nutrition in Nepal.

Success to me is...
Fully enjoying what you do, delivering the intended results and being able to maintain a good work-life balance. 

In the future I would like to...
Continue working in the field of public health nutrition including working internationally if such an opportunity arises. I might also undertake a PhD if I find a suitable topic and get involved with academia to share my understandings and experiences with others.

The single-most important issue in the world is...
That is easy - nutrition! THis is because having a good nutritional status within the population, especially that of vulnerable groups such as women and young children, is a depiction of country’s overall development. Furthermore, nutrition is something that is inextricably linked with other major underlying issues such as food security, water, hygiene and sanitation, education, health care, climate change and poverty. Improving and maintaining high nutritional statuses requires a need to address these broader issues in a holistic manner.

My course helped me to…
Get established as a public health nutrition professional in Nepal. The technically sound food science and nutrition degree at Deakin made it possible to break into my current field of employment. Both degrees complimented each other very well and together have enabled me to shape what I hope is a long career in the nutrition field. 


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