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Sara SieversSara Sievers

Associate Dean for Policy and Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs
(MBA, Sloan School of Business, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
205 Hesburgh Center

Geographic focus: Africa

Research/thematic interests: Advocacy, policy, and governance issues pertaining to development

Policy/public service:

Sustainable Economy Solutions (SES), PBC.  Founding CEO of new public benefit corporation that is bringing innovations made at the Millennium Village Program to scale via the private sector in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (2014–15).

Earth Institute, Columbia University, Senior Director (2008–15). Led initiative to provide interdisciplinary expertise on the Millennium Development Goals to the Nigerian President’s office as it spends $1 billion per year in debt relief proceeds to improve health and education under Nigeria's poorest local governments.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Program Officer, Global Health Policy and Advocacy (2000–09). Designed and managed $75 million grant portfolio to raise resources for health from public sources in the developing world, working collaboratively with like-minded foundations and health NGOs; government relations manager for Africa, parts of Asia, with primary responsibility for designing and implementing polio political reversal in Northern Nigeria, as well as securing favorable regulatory reform for new health drugs, diagnostics, and vaccines in Africa. Provided insight into strategy formulation on health governance and political will for improved health delivery.

Association Francois Xavier-Bagnoud, Director of Advocacy, Research, Policy (2004–05). Positioned FXB, a leading Swiss NGO/foundation, as a leader in achieving key legislation in the US Congress on orphans and vulnerable children.

Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development at Earth Institute, Columbia University, Founding Executive Director (2002–04). Managed scale-up, fundraising, and academic and policy research of newly created multidisciplinary center on growth and development.

Center for International Development, Harvard University, Founding Executive Director (1997–2002). Managed operations of university-wide center on international development; with Director Jeffrey Sachs, advised governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America on economic development and advocated for increased US assistance to reforming governments.

United States Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (1991–95)

Selected publications:

Fees and Feeding: The Case and Cost for Free Education and School Meals in Sub-Saharan Africa, Policy brief (May 2005)

What Price the Life of a Child, costing project with UNAIDS, UNICEF and USAID, publication (July 2005)
The Africa Competitiveness Report, 2000–2001 (coeditor, Oxford University Press, 2000)

“The Cost of Crony Capitalism” (with Shang-Jin Wei), in Wing Thye Woo, Jeffrey Sachs, Klaus Schwab, eds., The Asian Financial Crisis: Lessons for a Resilient Asia (MIT University Press, 2000)




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International Development Studies Minor

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