Dr. Lee co-ordinates FAO’s nutrition and food systems policy, programmes and research in the Asia and Pacific region. He has recently moved to join the FAO Regional Office in Bangkok from the FAO headquarters in Rome. While at FAO headquarters, Dr. Lee headed the Nutrition Assessment and Scientific Advice Team at the Nutrition and Food Systems Division. He coordinated programmes on nutrition assessment, human nutrient requirements, Codex scientific advice on nutrition, and the impact of food losses and waste on malnutrition. He was responsible for developing dietary assessment tools and nutrition indicators, and building country’s capacity to collect dietary information and indicators for informed policy.
Before joining FAO, Dr. Lee has served as faculty member at universities and health care institutions in Australia, Hong Kong, and the U.K. He has pioneered research in calcium and vitamin D requirements, bone growth and calcium bioavailability using the stable isotopic techniques. He has also coordinated clinical and community-based projects on growth and nutrition of infants, children and adolescents; bone growth and osteoporosis, and research into the patho-etiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. Dr. Lee has served at executive and scientific committees of food and nutrition related organizations. He has been the President of the Hong Kong Nutrition Association (1994-95, 1996-97, 2002-03) and council member of the Asian Federation of Dietetic Associations (1994-99). Dr. Lee has published over 56 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, 12 scientific reports and guidelines, 8 book and book chapters and over 170 conference papers.
Dr, Lee holds a BSc in Human Nutrition & Dietetics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and a PhD from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a practicing Registered Dietitian and Registered Nutritionist (Public Health), U.K.