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Sara Farley
Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation's Food Initiative, USA

Sara leads the global portfolio and spearheads integrated operations for The Rockefeller Foundation’s food team, leading such signature initiatives as the Food Systems Vision Prize. Prior to joining the foundation she co-founded the Global Knowledge Initiative (GKI) which she led for a decade, nurturing it from a concept to an organization designated as one of the "Top 100 Social Innovations for the next century". During her time at GKI, Sara cultivated a dynamic team that she led in the design and execution of GKI’s programs in systems research and evaluation, network optimization (e.g., facilitating/sustaining problem-solving networks), and collaborative innovation strategy setting (with partners including the World Bank, African Development Bank, UNESCO, etc.).

With deep experience facilitating particularly complex problem solving for groups that straddle geographic, disciplinary, cultural and political boundaries, Sara brought more than 1,000 partners into strategic partnerships over the course of her career. Prior to founding GKI, Sara spent a decade as an innovation strategist for the World Bank and other donor and development organizations. She has been commissioned by national governments, and international development organizations to lead thinking, develop networks, and devise policies to strengthen developing countries' science and innovation capacity. Before joining the World Bank, Sara graduated with honors in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University’s School of Engineering where she also earned a Masters degree in International Policy Studies. Following her time at Stanford, she was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow at the Universidad de Buenos Aires where she did postgraduate study in Technology Policy and Management. Sara’s list of publications includes more than 70 monographs, studies, and papers.