GOVERNANCE / Jennifer Sara
Jennifer Sara - Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank Group

Jennifer Sara

Global Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank Group / Co-Chair, 2030 WRG Steering Board


Jennifer Sara is the Global Director of the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice (GP), a position she has held since July 2014. She has 30 years of experience working on global water issues in the World Bank, with previous assignments including as Sector Manager for Sustainable Development based in Hanoi, Vietnam (2010 – 2014); Sector Leader in Brasilia (2006 – 2010); assignments based in Washington as Lead Specialist covering Latin America and the Caribbean; Senior Specialist in Africa (1995 – 2005); and working for the Water and Sanitation Program in Bolivia (1990 – 1995).

In her current assignment, Ms. Sara is a core member of the GP’s senior management team, which drives the policy direction of the GP, and oversees a portfolio of US$ 25 billion in water-related investments, analytical work, multi-donor trust funds, and global partnerships. She supports an integrated approach to water security and service delivery, customizing the Bank’s global water strategy to the country dialogue, and providing policy advice and operational support in response to specific client needs.


  • MSc in Environmental Management, Wye College at the University of London (England)
  • BSc in Environmental Engineering, Brown University (United States)