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Sara Pantuliano

Chief Executive

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Portrait of Sara Pantuliano

Sara is Chief Executive at ODI, where she was previously Managing Director and Director of Humanitarian Programmes.

Sara is Chair of the Seventh Advisory Group of the UN Secretary-General’s Sixth Advisory Group of the UN Peacebuilding Fund and of UNFPA’s ICPD25 High-Level Commission.

She also serves on the High-Level Group on Humanitarian Resilience and Investing, the Digital Currency Governance Consortium Steering Committee and the Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Fragility and Resilience of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Sara is the Editor-in-Chief of Disasters journal, Vice-Chair of the Board of Muslim Aid and a Trustee of The New Humanitarian. She has served on a range of executive and advisory boards, including SOS Sahel, Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre and the UN Association of the UK.

Sara was a member of the Independent Team of Advisers established in 2016 by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to formulate recommendations on the reform of the UN development system. She previously led a high-profile UN response in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, headed the Peacebuilding Unit in UNDP Sudan, acted as an observer at the IGAD Sudan peace process and lectured at the University of Dar es Salaam.

She holds a doctorate in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds and has written extensively on conflict, peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs.

  1. ODI in conversation with Fatou Bensouda


  2. Think Change episode 14: climate loss and damage – who should pay?

  3. Trends and disruptors in multilateral finance: looking ahead with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank


  4. Think Change episode 13: how do we solve the fossil fuel problem?

  5. Think Change episode 12: do we need a new Bretton Woods agreement for the post-Covid era?

  6. Independent think tank leaders issue call to action for MDB reform

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  7. Statement: Annual Meetings 2022 – MDBs can do much more to help solve the global economic and climate crises

    Press Release

  8. ODI in conversation with H.E. Wamkele Mene


  9. Think Change episode 11: what’s causing the energy crisis?

  10. Statement as the new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss takes up her role

    Press Release

  11. Think Change episode 10: what has the impact of Taliban rule been, one year on? Afghan women’s perspectives

  12. Think Change episode 9: is crypto the key to global financial inclusion?

  13. Think Change episode 8: what next? Rwanda asylum plan in a changing political landscape

  14. Think Change episode 7: what can be done to tackle Covid-19 vaccine inequity?

  15. Statement on US Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade

    Press Release

  16. Think Change episode 6: how can we break the silence on famine in the Horn of Africa?

  17. Think Change episode 5: how can global feminists help fight back on Roe?

  18. Think Change episode 4: how can we stop wars before they start?

  19. Think Change episode 3: will the war in Ukraine cause a food crisis?

  20. Think Change episode 2: reactions to the French election results – what impact will they have?

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