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Sarah Hillware is an award-winning social entrepreneur, global health strategist and advocate for girls and women who was recognized in 2021 by Apolitical as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy for her work advancing gender equity in health.

She currently serves as Deputy Director of Women in Global Health, a 50,000+ strong women-led global movement to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health. Sarah brings over a decade of experience in international development and global health, having worked as a senior-level consultant at the World Bank for four years, and, in 2012, founding Girls Health Ed, a women-led organization focused on delivering gender-transformative comprehensive health and sexuality education to adolescent girls and young women globally through its proven model. Girls Health Ed has reached approximately 25,000 since its founding, and has directly served over 6,500 girls and young women. It has been profiled in The Washington Post, Huffington Post and Global Citizen, among others. The organization has since hired staff to manage day-to-day operations, but Sarah continues to serve as Board Chair and advise the organization's leadership.

Sarah also previously co-founded SheWins, a digital health application for 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 led and been a member of diverse leadership teams, driving resource mobilization efforts and managing portfolios up to US$2 billion across multiple countries, and comes with deep understanding of the “Health in All Policies” multi-sector approach. Sarah is known to facilitate strategic collaboration and partnerships for impact and has previously held positions with the World Health Organization (WHO), World Food Program (WFP), and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

Sarah has worked on a range of health and gender issues, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, universal health coverage, digital health, menstrual health, HIV/AIDS, TB, HPV and gender-based violence. Sarah's research and experience in the US and globally 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 and has been named to the Leadership Center for Excellence 2014 40 Under 40 list.

Sarah also serves on the Board of Directors for the Osgood Center for International Studies and is a fellow of The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), a London-based organization committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges. In her spare time, she writes, meditates and listens to podcasts.

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