Dr. Sarah Gavian, IFDC chief economist, develops economic policies and guidelines consistent with IFDC’s strategic and operational goals. She works with staff worldwide to lead, coordinate, support and review the major economic and policy dimensions of IFDC’s current and recent projects. From 2007 to 2010, Gavian served as chief of party for the USAID West African Cotton Improvement Program (WACIP), which was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by IFDC. She has expertise in agricultural policy, planning and research. Prior to her employment with IFDC, Gavian was senior research fellow for the Development Strategy and Governance Division of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the advisory committee for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa. Gavian also designed, conducted and managed agricultural sector strategic planning exercises for USAID missions in Africa. Her country experience includes Angola, Benin, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. Gavian was a Fulbright Scholar at the Institute for International Education. She holds doctorate and master’s degrees in international agricultural policy from Stanford University in California, United States. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, United States.