Speaker's Profile

Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is Senior Program Specialist at the
International Development Research Centre, Canada

Ahmed has worked on the political economy of water in India for 20 years. She is an informed source on the connections between water, climate change, and gender issues.  

Before joining IDRC, Ahmed worked with non?governmental organizations in parts of India that are vulnerable to drought, flood, and coastal storms. She tackled issues ranging from the impacts of climate change to the role of gender in water governance and conflicts over water. Ahmed was Chair of the international Gender and Water Alliance and sat on the steering committee of the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India. She has also worked with the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition, taught for a decade at India’s Institute of Rural Management, and published on many facets of water policy and gender issues.

Ahmed holds a PhD in environmental sociology and an MPhil in international relations from Cambridge University, England.