Hervet Randriamady is a Malagasy citizen who was born and raised in Antananarivo. He is an agricultural economist by training. After having obtained his BS in Economics at the University of Antananarivo in 2010, he received a Fulbright scholarship from the US Department of State in 2011 that allowed him to pursue a Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics at the University of Arkansas. In 2015, he attended the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at the University of California Berkeley and got a Certificate in Sustainable Environmental Management. Hervet is now a board member (Vice-Secretary) of Madagascar Health and Environmental Research (MAHERY).

Prior to joining MAHERY, Hervet worked as a consultant for the UN Refugee Agency for stateless persons who do not have citizenship in Madagascar. Since 2014, Hervet has been working with Dr. Golden and MAHERY. He has worked on research that aims to demonstrate the interdependencies amongst wildlife consumption, environmental changes and human health in the Makira Natural Park in northeastern Madagascar.

Since 2016, Hervet has been managing the databases for an unprecedented nutrition research project of MAHERY, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Department of Environmental Health) and Catholic Relief Services Madagascar that tries to understand the relationships amongst malnutrition, climate change and communicable and non-communicable diseases. The research project is conducted in four geographic regions of Madagascar and in 24 sites across the country - where malnutrition has detrimental impacts on the lives of Malagasy people. Hervet has also been the main liaison to government agencies and ministry officials to help the MAHERY team translate its findings to policy action. He is confident that MAHERY’s research findings from this ongoing research will help to revolutionize the way the government address malnutrition in Madagascar because of the invaluable data collected.

While not working, Hervet likes practicing photography, cooking spicy food, reading and travelling with his friends and family. He also likes mentoring and sharing his experiences with Malagasy students who want to pursue studies in the US or abroad.

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