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Sarah Hillware is an award-winning social entrepreneur and global communications strategist.

She currently consults specialized United Nations agencies, working at the intersection of international development communications and project operations, to drive global action and national policy reform. Key achievements include the design and launch of a global Community of Practice to break silos and facilitate knowledge sharing among 100+ members from across the public health, gender equality, energy and environment sectors, and co-authoring a global, bi-annual policy benchmark publication, launched at the 2018 UN Conference of Parties (COP24).

Sarah has an academic background in international affairs and global health and has held positions in multilateral organizations, NGOs and private sector media and marketing companies. Prior to her advocacy work with two UN agencies (UNHCR and UN World Food Program), she worked for the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Foundation and supported stakeholder engagement campaigns.

In 2012, she founded Girls Health Ed, a nonprofit health education program for low-income adolescent girls and young women across the globe. The organization has since hired employees to manage day-to-day operations, but Sarah continues to advise the organization on fundraising and strategic initiatives.

Sarah's research and experience on school- and community-based health communication interventions and global women's issues have led her to give talks at TEDxBerkeley as well as at the United Nations through TEDxUNPlaza. In 2014, she was named to the Leadership Center for Excellence 40 Under 40 list, and is a frequent keynote speaker and local television commentator in Washington, DC. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @sarahhillware for the latest updates.

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