Professor Lartey becomes the first woman from Africa and the second woman in the world to head the World Nutrition body.
She was ushered into office with a colourful ceremony in Granada, Spain, on September 20, 2013.
She has been involved in several research works in nutrition, a recent one being a study into the level of obesity among Ghanaian school children.
Prof. Lartey was educated at the University of California, Davis, as a Fulbright student.
Her researches mainly focus on maternal child nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa.
She was a Co-Principal Investigator for the WHO Multicenter Growth Reference Study (MGRS), Ghana site, and the Ghana Principal Investigator for the International Lipid-based nutrient Supplement study (iLiNS).
She holds an International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Canada Research Chair in Nutrition for Health and Socio-Economic Development in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prof. Lartey was also a co-facilitator for Civil Society Taskforce of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.