Sarah Degnan Kambou

Senior Advisor to the CEO & President

As Senior Advisor to the CEO and President, Dr. Sarah Degnan Kambou provides historical context and advisory expertise to Peggy Clark, President and CEO of ICRW. Sarah served as President and CEO of ICRW, herself, for over a decade.

As a business strategist, her expertise centers on planning, organizational development, and change management. As a development practitioner, her expertise spans sexual and reproductive health, men and masculinities, positive youth development and social norm change.  Sarah has previously served as an advisor to multilaterals, leading corporations and governments seeking to integrate gender into policies and programs that seek to advance the status of women and girls and other marginalized peoples around the world. A seasoned development professional, Sarah worked in Asia, Eastern Europe, and sub-Saharan Africa for over 35 years.

Sarah served ICRW for 18 years total, and during her tenure as President and CEO, she evolved ICRW’s work in global health, youth and development, gender-based violence, economic empowerment and livelihoods.  She diversified ICRW’s business offerings to include a consulting arm serving the private sector as well as a robust advocacy platform.  Under her leadership, ICRW also deepened its presence in Southeast Asia and East Africa and has expanded its footprint to include The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

In December 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Sarah to the President’s Global Development Council, where she served as an advisor to the Administration until January 2017.  Also in 2012, former President Bill Clinton tapped Sarah to serve as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative.  In 2010, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Sarah to represent ICRW on the U.S. Commission to UNESCO.

Sarah is honored to have been named to apolitical’s list of global 100 for gender equality for two years running, 2018 and 2019. The University of Connecticut conferred upon Sarah the Distinguished Honors Scholar award in 2017, Boston University its Distinguished Alumna award in 2015, and Boston University’s School of Public Health its Distinguished Alumni Award  in 2010.  Sarah is a recipient of the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award, conferred in 2013 by the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.  In 2011, Ashoka named Sarah as a ChangemakeHER, the inaugural celebration of the world’s most influential women. Sarah is a member of the Board of Directors of Global Impact and Kalanidhi Dance, a classical Indian dance performance center.

Prior to ICRW, Sarah lived in sub-Saharan Africa for more than a decade, managing signature programs for Care International.  Through her work, she focused on addressing the social and economic vulnerability of marginalized populations, strengthening civil society in post-conflict settings, and promoting participatory development of underserved urban and rural communities.  Prior to her work with Care in Africa, Sarah managed the Center for International Health, which she co-founded in 1987, at the Boston University School of Public Health.

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Education: Kambou holds a doctorate in international health policy and a master’s in public health from Boston University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in French from the University of Connecticut.
Languages: English (native), French (fluent)
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