Wanida Lewis, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Food Scientist Consultant in Research and Policy Development

Glassboro, New Jersey, United States of America

Research Expertise

Nutrition and Dietetics
Food Science
Analytical Chemistry


Dr. Wanida Lewis is a highly educated and experienced food scientist with a passion for promoting sustainable food systems and improving global food security. She received her Ph.D. in Food Science from North Carolina State University in 2013, where she focused on the development of functional foods using plant-based ingredients. Prior to her Ph.D., she earned her M.S. in Chemistry (Analytical) from North Carolina Central University in 2008 and her B.S. in Chemistry from Saint Augustine's University in 2005. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Dr. Lewis has held various positions in both the private and public sectors, demonstrating her expertise in food science, program management, and international development. She is the Managing Director and Founder of Crescendo Foods, a company that provides food science consulting services to food businesses. She also serves as an Acceleration Services Advisor Consultant at KAIZEN COMPANY START-UP, where she advises start-ups on product development, supply chain management, and marketing strategies. In addition to her work in the private sector, Dr. Lewis has also been involved in various non-profit organizations, including ASASE Foundation and Environment360. She has also worked with the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer and AAAS Policy Fellow, where she provided scientific advice and support for international food security initiatives. She also served as a Senior Economic Program Advisor for the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at Tuvli LLC, where she focused on promoting economic empowerment for women through sustainable agriculture and food systems. Dr. Lewis's extensive experience in the food industry and her passion for promoting sustainable and equitable food systems make her a highly sought-after expert in her field. She continues to use her knowledge and expertise to drive positive change in the food industry and contribute to global efforts towards achieving food security for all.


Agro Food Industry hi-Tech

Nutrition & Food Science / Feb 08, 2008

Agro Food Industry hi-Tech. (2008). Nutrition & Food Science, 38(1). https://doi.org/10.1108/nfs.2008.01738aab.008

Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Peanut Skin Extracts

Food and Nutrition Sciences / Jan 01, 2013

Lewis, W. E., Harris, G. K., Sanders, T. H., White, B. L., & Dean, L. L. (2013). Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Peanut Skin Extracts. Food and Nutrition Sciences, 04(08), 22–32. https://doi.org/10.4236/fns.2013.48a003

Roast effects on the hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidant capacities of peanut flours, blanched peanut seed and peanut skins

Food Chemistry / Mar 15, 2010

Davis, J. P., Dean, L. L., Price, K. M., & Sanders, T. H. (2010). Roast effects on the hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidant capacities of peanut flours, blanched peanut seed and peanut skins. Food Chemistry, 119(2), 539–547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2009.06.057


North Carolina State University

Ph.D., Food Science / May, 2013

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America

North Carolina Central University

M.S., Chemistry (Analytical) / May, 2008

Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

Saint Augustine's University

B.S., Chemistry / May, 2005

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America


Crescendo Foods

Managing Director/Founder / October, 2020Present

Oversees financial management including preparation of budgets, grant management, and compliance with Board established procedures. Sets company’s strategic direction. Builds tailor made trainings for startup food businesses (restaurants, chefs, etc.) such as food exporting, food safety, and recipe development courses.


Acceleration Services Advisor Consultant / October, 2020October, 2022

Worked closely with Kaizen HQ teams and USAID Regional Missions to resolve monitoring, evaluation and learning projects. Developed company’s Monitoring and Evaluation systems and gender evaluation systems. Analyzed metrics and implements project to improve client’s operational efficiency and metrics.

ASASE Foundation

Consultant / October, 2020August, 2021

Drafted grant proposals as part of client’s fundraising strategy and scale up operations manual.


Interim Executive Director/Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships Short Term Assignment / February, 2020August, 2020

Implemented and monitored operations of the UN Development Program (UNDP) funded Green Academy program with Ghana Educational Service (GES). Managed logistics and programs teams to implement waste programs. Audited waste management country programs to ensure compliance with the Ghana government and Ghana’s Global Plastic Action Partnership. Counseled and advised Environment360 Executive Director on strategic decision-making and funding opportunities for program sustainability. Led development and secured six-figure Ghana cedi grant for women in the informal sector economic empowerment from Footprints Africa. Managed and oversaw technical reviews to ensure monitoring, learning and evaluation (ME&L) plans and reports met the requirements for grant making institutions reporting system such as UNDP. Collaborated with multilateral partners including embassies and private sector partners, engaged in the waste management programming and activities in West Africa.

Tuvli LLC

Senior Economic Program Advisor; GS 13, Security Clearance: Secret Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues / September, 20182020

Managed reporting and monitoring requirements for economic growth programming, women and girls in STEM, and women's economic empowerment across Africa/MENA regions. Conducted on-site visits to implementing partners and reviewed program partners’ performance. Tracked outreach metrics and results to determine, validate, maintain, and update performance indicators databases required for the Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System (FACTS), OPM, and annual Performance Plan and Report (PPR) for economic growth programming. Led complex, cross-functional ME&L teams, including reactivation of Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE) Interagency and Departmental working group. Established, monitored, and implemented frameworks, performance indicators, and strategies for local civil

U.S. Department of State

Foreign Affairs Officer & AAAS Policy Fellow, GS-13, and Security Clearance: Secret Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Agricultural Policy (EB/AGP) / September, 2016September, 2018

Expanded EB/AGP/USDA Foreign Agriculture Service’s biotechnology program to include women’s empowerment programs in Ghana, South Africa, Togo, Liberia, and Ethiopia. Administered advice and counsel to EB’s Assistant Secretary and bureau leaders’ decision-making on policy and programming aiming to incorporate inclusivity in agriculture. Developed grant proposals and secured funding of $25,000 USD for participants in “Women in Ag Biotech” policy program. Managed budgets and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) reporting for women in agriculture biotech programming. Authored and implemented Agricultural Policy gender strategy includes targeted programming and policies.

General Mills

Scientist II / February, 2013April, 2016

Leveraged technical expertise to lead product development projects for dough, icing in Toaster Strudel™, and other product brands. Improved the processing, storing, packaging and distribution of refrigerated dough products across manufacturing plants achieving a 100% on-time delivery rate. Managed and supervised a 70-person cross-functional team of Supply Chain Managers, Technicians, and Scientists across four (4) U.S. states and Canada for FDA mandated “Partially Hydrogenated Oils Removal” Project. Standardized “Partially Hydrogenated Oils Removal” Project processes to ensure transparency while remaining on time and under budget, serving as project manager. Advised Vice President of Baked Goods Division on FDA compliance and evaluation methods on an ongoing basis. Contributed to corporate processes (annual reporting and budgeting).

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