Sara Savastano is the Director of IFAD’s Research and Impact Assessment Division.
Before joining IFAD, she was Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Development Economic Research Group and was professor of economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. She also served as economist at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance. She is Board member of the International Association on Applied Bioeconomy Research and the Italian Association of Development Economists.
She has published in peer reviewed journals on issues related to land markets and agricultural productivity, as well as the intensification of farming systems, investment and technology for rural and structural transformation.
Savastano holds a PhD in economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.