Sara Boettiger is an economist and social impact advisor. She is Assistant Adjunct Professor at UC Berkeley, Senior Advisor to Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, a Fellow at the Berkman Center and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils. She is co-founder of four non-profits centered on the application of technology to meet the challenges of global poverty: PIPRA, Global Access in Action, GATD and AgPartnerXChange. Dr. Boettiger advises governments, companies, foundations and private investors on a range of social impact issues, including: impact measurement, public-private partnerships, commercialization strategies, intellectual property rights, the law & economics of open source models, information and communication technologies (ICTs) and development, and challenges in ‘scaling up’ in rural markets. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Agricultural & Resource Economics and publishes on the law and economics of intellectual property rights, innovation, and poverty.
At the Berkman Center, Dr. Boettiger is co-directing Global Access in Action. This program takes a ‘ground-up’ approach to legal and policy frameworks that impact access to technology by the global poor. Global Access in Action combines on-the-ground impacts of policies and laws with the expertise of policymakers, donors and academics to explore new solutions that move beyond the ideologically charged debates that often divide business and NGO communities around access to technology issues.