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Sara Pantuliano

Chief Executive

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

Sara is a member 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.

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  2. Can Central Banks Digital Currencies deliver for people in poverty?

  3. Beyond American exceptionalism: a global agenda for the Biden-Harris administration

  4. Statement: UK ends public support for overseas fossil fuel projects - ODI response

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  5. Statement: UK aid cuts - ODI response

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  6. The Nairobi Summit, one year on: the march for women’s rights continues

  7. Reimagining multilateralism: seizing the opportunity for change

  8. What next for UK international development?


  9. Join the Global Reset Dialogue

  10. Statement: Sir Suma Chakrabarti new Chair of ODI Board

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  11. Statement: DFID merged into FCO – ODI Response

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  12. Adaptive leadership in the Covid-19 response: navigating crisis and change


  13. Covid-19: ‘we won’t get back to normal because normal was the problem’

  14. ODI goes ‘digital first’ as evidence and ideas remain priority

  15. Gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment: our approach and priorities


  16. Statement: Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle – ODI response

    Press Release

  17. Sara Pantuliano on public attitudes towards migration

  18. Women in the world economy: the next decade of action

  19. Four ways governments can leverage 4IR to achieve the SDGs

  20. QUOTE AND INTERVIEWEE AVAILABLE: Trade and climate-friendly aid – are the way forward for Britain and Africa

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