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Sarah B. Barnes is the project director of the Maternal Health Initiative and the women and gender advisor at the Wilson Center, in Washington, D.C.

Sarah leads the planning, development, and implementation of seminars, workshops, and conferences focusing on maternal and reproductive health, gender, family planning, women’s and girls’ empowerment and leadership, health systems and the healthcare workforce, infectious and non-communicable diseases, child and adolescent health, and health access in post-conflict and humanitarian settings. She conducts research related to women’s health and leadership, as well as health security and economic empowerment. As the women and gender advisor, Sarah coordinates the Wilson Center’s programmatic focus on women and gender through collaboration with its regional and thematic programs.  

Prior to the Wilson Center, she completed her MPH in Reproductive Health and Community Assessment from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and her MA in Women’s Studies from The George Washington University. Sarah has spent much of the past decade living and working in Beijing, China, and Bangkok, Thailand, where she worked on maternal and newborn health programs, conducted research, and evaluated health projects.