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Sara Pantuliano

Chief Executive

Senior Leadership Team, ODI MED

Portrait of Sara Pantuliano

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.

  1. Four steps governments can take to support the UN 'sustaining peace' agenda

  2. Delivering the UN ‘sustaining peace’ agenda

    Briefing/policy papers

  3. Disasters Conference: learning from the past 40 years


  4. Learning from the past 40 years of Disasters

  5. In figures: Disasters journal 1977-2017

  6. Beyond assistance: how to support refugees' aspirations


  7. Evidence on public health interventions in humanitarian crises


  8. 'Even if we can't go back, we'll rebuild Syria': refugees' futures in Jordan

  9. The Somalia Conference must avert the threat of famine

  10. MEDIA NOTE: Famine must be top priority at London Somalia Conference – statement and experts available

    Press Release

  11. Why is peacebuilding so difficult to achieve?


  12. Trump’s immigration crackdown: the global impact

  13. South Sudan at another crossroads


  14. UK approach to Eritrean refugees: what is the reality on the ground?


  15. Four priorities for the new UN Secretary-General

  16. Restrictive policies in Europe and Australia leading to erosion of refugee protection on global scale – new report

    Press Release

  17. Refugees and migrants: a new global response


  18. Closing borders: the ripple effects of Australian and European refugee policy. Case studies from Indonesia, Kenya and Jordan

    Research reports

  19. STATEMENT: World Humanitarian Summit 'a missed opportunity'

    Press Release

  20. Four ways to join the cash revolution


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