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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 the Chair of the Seventh Advisory Group of the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund, having served on the Sixth Advisory Group, and a member of the High-Level Group on Humanitarian and Resilience Investing initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

She also served on the Digital Currency Governance Consortium Steering Committee and multiple Global Agenda and Future Councils of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Sara is the Editor-in-Chief of Disasters journal and Trustee of the Board of Muslim Aid. She has previously served on a range of executive and advisory boards, including The New Humanitarian, SOS Sahel, Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, the UN Association of the UK and of UNFPA’s ICPD25 High-Level Commission.

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.

She has been recognised for her leadership on peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and international development, and was made a Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2024 New Year Honours.

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