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Sara Sievers

Senior Director
Earth Institute
Columbia University

Sara Sievers"Making a Difference in the World: Connecting the Personal and Professional in International Development"
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7:00 pm - Hesburgh Center Auditorium

In this talk directed to the entire University community, Sara Sievers will relate her own personal and professional experiences over the past two decades in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe through her work on development at the Gates Foundation, Harvard University’s Center for International Development, and Columbia University’s Earth Institute. A compelling speaker, Sievers delivered the keynote at Notre Dame’s 2013 Human Development Conference.

"What Contributions Can Universities Make to the Practice of International Development?"
Thursday, September 11, 2014
4:00 pm – C103 Hesburgh Center

In the context of current planning for Notre Dame’s new School of Global Affairs, Sara Sievers will speak in the Kellogg Lecture Series on the ways that universities can contribute to development through research, engagement, and training. In particular, she will discuss her work designing curriculum for development professionals at both Harvard University’s Center for International Development and Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Senior director at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, Sara Sievers offers extensive experience in advocacy, policy, and governance issues pertaining to development. The founding executive director of the former Center for Globalization and Development at the Earth Institute, she currently works on development issues in Africa, including advising the government of Nigeria on its Millennium Development Goals.

With a career that started in the US Foreign Service, Sievers has played key roles at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led global health and advocacy efforts, and Harvard University’s Center for Global Development, where she served as founding executive director.




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