Shiriki Kumanyika is an Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and Research Professor of Community Health and Prevention, Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, both located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. At the Dornsife School, she leads the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, which she founded in 2002 as a national affinity group and collaboration platform comprising senior and early career researchers and community-based research partners with an interest in black American health issues. Dr. Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several multi-center and single-center randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to salt intake, other aspects of diet, or obesity, including studies that focus specifically on black Americans. Her current research examines influences of food marketing on the food-related attitudes and behaviors of black Americans. Dr. Kumanyika is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine (IOM)) and has been extensively involved in the IOM’s obesity related studies and workshops. She co-chairs the Policy and Prevention Section of the World Obesity Federation and is an advisor to the World Health Organization and the World Cancer Research Fund.