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Sarah Hillware is an award-winning social entrepreneur, global health strategist and advocate for girls and women.

She currently serves as Deputy Director of Women in Global Health, a 35,000+ strong women-led global movement to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health. Sarah brings more than a decade of experience in international development and global health, most recently having worked as a senior-level consultant at the World Bank for four years, and, in 2012, founding Girls Health Ed, a grassroots non-profit focused on delivering comprehensive sexuality education in schools, community centers and health clinics to underserved adolescent girls through a proven model. Girls Health Ed has served 5,000 girls to date and has been profiled in The Washington Post, Huffington Post and Global Citizen, among others. The organization has since hired employees to manage day-to-day operations, but Sarah continues to serve as Board Chair.

Sarah also previously co-founded SheWins, a digital health application for millennial women. In 2014, Sarah and her two co-founders pitched SheWins and made it to the final round of casting for the TV show, Shark Tank. Prior to this, SheWins was a top 10 finalist in The George Washington University's Business Plan Competition.

Throughout her career, Sarah has worked at the intersection of program design, innovation, stakeholder engagement and communications strategy to drive global action and national policy reform across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), having co-led several program launches and advocacy campaigns. She has been a member of leadership teams, driving fundraising efforts and managing portfolios up to US$2 billion across multiple countries, and comes with a deep understanding of “Health in All Policies”. Sarah is known to facilitate strategic inter-ministerial collaboration for greater development impact and has previously worked for World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Program (WFP), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Foundation.

Sarah has experience on a range of issues, including universal health coverage, air pollution and climate change, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and rights, digital health, menstrual health, HIV/AIDS, TB, and HPV. Sarah's research and experience on school- and community-based health interventions and global women's issues have led her to give talks at TEDxBerkeley as well as at the United Nations through TEDxUNPlaza. She was profiled in 2016 by Population Services International (PSI) for Leaders, Makers and Risk-Takers, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for her work in public and global health innovation. In 2014, she was named to the Leadership Center for Excellence 40 Under 40 list. Sarah also serves on the Board of Directors for the Osgood Center for International Studies.

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