Dr. Sarah Scherr
President and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners
Dr. Scherr is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land management policy in tropical developing countries. In 2011 she led the founding of the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, for which EcoAgriculture Partners now serves as secretariat. She currently serves on the U.S. board of the international agricultural biodiversity research organization Bioversity International, as well as on the advisory board of Food Tank, the Scientific Advisory Board for the ASSETS (Attaining Sustainable Services from Ecosystems) research program, as a member of the UN Agri-food Task Force, and on the board of U.S. non-profit Solutions from the Land. Before founding EcoAgriculture Partners, Dr. Scherr held positions as Director of Ecosystem Services at the non-profit Forest Trends; adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA; co-leader of the CGIAR Gender Program; senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C.; and principal researcher at the World Agroforestry Centre based in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Scherr received her BA in Economics at Wellesley College, and her MSc and PhD in International Economics and Development at Cornell University. Dr. Scherr is a leading voice globally in promoting the restoration of degraded agricultural lands and new approaches for integrated landscape management.