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Sara Batmanglich

Sara Batmanglich is currently a Senior Operations Officer (Strategy and Analytics) in the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group at the World Bank. Sara joined the Bank from the OECD, where she was a Peace and Conflict Advisor in the Crises and Fragility Unit, leading on the States of Fragility reports and workstream as well as the policy research portfolio for the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF).

Before joining the OECD, she was an independent consultant who did both field and policy research on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, youth and various forms of violence. Sara has also worked for International Alert, a UK-based peacebuilding NGO, where she was Head of their Crime, Violence and Instability programme, which undertook research on drivers of transnational organised crime, violent extremism and urban violence and identified opportunities for peacebuilding approaches to address these. She initially joined International Alert in their International Institutions programme with the focus of better understanding how the UN and the World Bank, through their engagement in fragile and conflict-affected situations, were supporting nationally-defined peacebuilding and development priorities.

Previously, Sara worked for International Peace Institute (IPI) and NYU’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) where she liaised closely with the UN system and focused on multilateral approaches to peace and security, including operational and structural prevention, peacekeeping and special political missions. She began her career with Vice Media, where she supported the initial expansion of the company into new markets. 

Areas of expertise: fragility and fragile states, conflict, gang/urban/criminal violence, PVE, peacebuilding, development, international aid architecture.