Sara Sievers

Associate Dean for Policy and Practice; Associate Professor of the Practice

Office of the Dean
1010U Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Sara Sievers

Areas of expertise: International policy and governance issues pertaining to development

Sara Sievers joined the Keough School after serving as the founding executive director of Columbia University’s Center for Globalization and Sustainable Development and Harvard University’s Center for International Development. She also began the Developing Country Policy and Advocacy portfolio for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, building the strategy and early funding streams for the foundation’s global health objectives.

Sievers’ work focuses primarily on achieving scale and impact in the lives of the poor through scaling evidence-based policy solutions in partnership with national governments. Most recently, this has led to a multi-year commitment working with the government of Nigeria to invest its debt relief proceeds in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, with particular emphasis on health, education, and water. She also has led partnerships across different schools at Columbia University, bringing new technologies in monitoring, evaluation, and impact-tracking aimed at improving governance and management of financial resources for the poor.

Sievers has written on a range of subjects, including national competitiveness (with Jeffrey Sachs, Wing Woo, and Michael Porter), governance (with Shang-jin Wei), the status of orphans and vulnerable children, and the abolition of user fees in health and education.

She has taught applied international development at the Kennedy School at Harvard University as well as at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (with Amina Mohammed).

Sievers earned a B.A. in government from Harvard, where she also did graduate work, and an M.B.A.from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied with Rudi Dornbusch.