Sara is a political scientist with more than 20 years experience in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Prior to joining ODI in 2006, she led UNDP Sudan's Peace Building Unit, managed a high-profile post-conflict response in the Nuba Mountains and was a resource person and an observer at the IGAD Sudan peace process. She holds a PhD in Politics and has lectured at the University of Dar es Salaam. Sara has written extensively on Sudan and South Sudan and is a recognised public speaker and media commentator on humanitarian issues. She is the Managing Editor of Disasters and a Member of the Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risk of the World Economic Forum. She is also a Trustee of SOS Sahel and serves on a range of advisory boards, including the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the Refugees Studies Centre and the UN Association of the UK.
Key areas of expertise: conflict analysis, transitions, global humanitarian action, protection, displacement, return and reintegration, land tenure, pastoralism, Middle East, Africa (especially Sudan and South Sudan).