Sibelle is a researcher and advocate for healthy and sustainable food systems with a passion for food and nutrition policy. She brings 10 years of experience in research and project management in the academic sector, combined with a strong interdisciplinary mindset and collaborative approach. She has worked and published in the areas of public health nutrition (obesity and non-communicable diseases; micronutrient deficiencies; impact of early life nutrition on health and disease; food-based dietary guidelines for children and adolescents), food and nutrition security, and sustainable food consumption in relation to the SDGs. As a nutritionist, she has worked with a team of experts on two national nutrition projects in her home country of Lebanon, focusing on children, youth, and mothers. She is a firm believer that we need to work across disciplines to solve global challenges. She strives to translate her evidence-based knowledge into effective policy interventions by looking at the interface of food, agriculture, nutrition, health, and environment to inform policymakers for effective action.
Sibelle is currently a Program Officer at Max Bell Foundation, a Canadian philanthropic foundation that delivers programs and supports Canadian charities with grants to conduct projects that impact public policies and practices with an emphasis on health and wellness, education, and the environment.
Sibelle is located on the traditional territories of the treaty people of Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.