Anthony Hehir

Anthony Hehir

Director - Nutrition Improvement Program at Royal DSM
Basel, Switzerland

About me

Anthony Hehir is a South African and Irish national, born and raised in Zimbabwe and Botswana. He holds higher degrees in Human Physiology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Business Administration and Social Impact Strategy. Prior to joining DSM in 2005, Anthony worked as a clinical and public health dietitian in rural South Africa, rolling out an integrated nutrition programme for at-risk groups, and overseeing the nutritional support of patients on the national HIV care programme.

At DSM, Anthony was based intially in South Africa and was responsible for Sub-Saharan Africa, driving the co-development of staple food fortification programmes. Anthony has since been based in Switzerland and held several global and regional marketing, communications and business development roles within DSM.

Anthony is currently the Director of DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program, whose mission is to positively impact public health by developing and implementing effective nutrition solutions, leveraging their expertise and partnerships to reach the 4 billion people at the base of the pyramid.


DSM Nutritional Products
DSM Nutritional Products
April 2014 - Present (7 years 6 months)
Responsible for leading all activities related to the Nutrition Improvement Program, supporting staple food fortification and other base of the pyramid initiatives to improve public health through nutrition.
- Work with global and local team members to develop and drive agreed strategy and actions plans, including parternships, technology development, nutrition advocacy, communications and local relationship buidling with private and public sector partners to fight hidden hunger and malnutrition.
- Manage global Public Sector Partnerships and agreements in line with strategic imperatives.
- Lead and support the global & local Nutrition Improvement Program teams to ensure global impact.
- Drive product and technology solutions in line with nutritional effectiveness and consumer relevance.
. Contribute to DSM's overall strategic partnerships for public health nutrition improvement.
Global Marketing Manager
DSM Nutritional Products
May 2010 - March 2014 (3 years 10 months)
1. Develop, implement and coordinate global marketing and communications activities for DSM's Quality for Life philosophy across the nutrition cluster, targeted both externally and internally.
2. Lead and coordinate external global communications activities for the Human Nutrition & Health business, include online and print media, agent liaison and brand-building initiatives.
3. Develop and implement a refreshed brand and value proposition for Quali-Belnds, DSM's premium human nutrition premixes
TitleNew Business Development Manager: Europe, Middle East & Africa
DSM Nutritional Products
January 2008 - April 2010 (2 years 3 months)
Developed, implemented and actively oversaw marketing and business development strategy in the region.
Intensive customer-facing market development.
Close collaboration with sales team.

Account Manager, Registered Dietitian
DSM Nutritional Products
January 2005 - December 2007 (2 years 11 months)
Account Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa business. Tasked to maintain existing business and develop new business, both in the commercial field in the food aid field


Social Impact Strategy

2015 (1 year)

Master of Arts (MA): Music Theatre

2012 - 2013 (1 year)

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration

2006 (1 year)
Won 3 class prizes. Dean's merit list.

BSc (Med) Honours : Nutrition & Dietetics

2002 - 2003 (1 year)
Head student. Top academic achievement in class.

BScin Human Physiology D

1999 - 2001 (2 years)

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