Sarah Platts, Executive Secretary

Sarah Platts is a Senior Consultant at Monitor Deloitte, the strategy unit of Deloitte Consulting, LLP. In this role, Sarah works in the firm’s newly created Social Impact Service Line where she serves clients in the private sector, public sector, and social/nonprofit sector. She also co-leads the firm’s global Agricultural Sciences Community of Practice. Sarah’s work focuses on strategy development, private sector investment and promotion in emerging markets, agricultural development, and economic growth. She has served clients in Afghanistan, India, Colombia, the Middle East, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa, as well as here in the United States.

In 2012 Sarah spent 15 months living and working in Ethiopia supporting an economic growth initiative spearheaded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). The ATA is a high-performance unit reporting to the Prime Minister that works on strategy, policy, and implementation activities, and is touted as a new model for public-private partnerships and international development. As one of the first international staff members recruited to help stand up the ATA, Sarah’s work focused on strategy development, program management and core analytics to help accelerate Ethiopia’s economic growth by transforming the agriculture sector.

Prior to Ethiopia, Sarah launched her career at Deloitte Consulting, LLP as a Business Analyst and Consultant where she was a member of the firm’s Emerging Markets practice. She focused on helping clients build effective public sector institutions, with an emphasis on organizational and development strategies for institutions in post-conflict and developing countries.

Sarah holds a BA (Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, and with Honors) from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters (with Merit Honours) from the London School of Economics. She sits on the Board of Directors of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) where she serves as the Executive Secretary of the Board. In 2011, Sarah was named a “Top 99 under 33” foreign affairs leaders by Diplomatic Courier. In her spare time she enjoys distance running, scuba diving, and traveling the world.