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Sara Boettiger

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.

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Aug 1, 2014

New Berkman Center initiative, Global Access in Action, hosts inaugural workshop on access to medicines in developing countries

Global Access in Action (GAiA), a new initiative of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, is hosting a workshop today to assess promising but understudied…

Mar 27, 2014

Global Access in Action Submits Comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative regarding PITAC

Berkman Center Faculty Director Terry Fisher, with Quentin Palfrey of WilmerHale and Sara Boettiger of Global Access in Action, submitted comments today responding to a Requests…


Dec 10, 2013 @ 12:30 PM

Re-Thinking Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Models for the Poor

Sara Boettiger, Global Access in Action Project

IPR drives innovation. But not for the poor. 300 malnourished children die every hour. 80% of Africa farms with a hand-hoe. We can do better.