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Sabine Garbarino

Senior Associate

Sabine is a SDDirect Senior Associate with over 15 years of experience in gender, diversity and inclusion. Her most recent work focuses on facilitating women’s economic empowerment and inclusive economic development through entrepreneurship, business environment reform, skills development and infrastructure provision.

Sabine is currently the Gender and Social Inclusion Lead for the FCDO-funded LINKS programme in Northern Nigeria where she oversees the design of gender-responsive and disability-inclusive economic development interventions. She has considerable experience with market-systems programming with a focus on sustainable impact at scale: she currently works for GROW Liberia, a Swedish SIDA-funded business and investment advisory to support inclusive growth through agriculture and MUVA in Mozambique where she focuses on measuring the programme impact of its work with the formal private sector. She has also just completed a Theory of Change review the FCDO’s global flagship programme on women’s economic empowerment Work and Opportunities for Women.

Sabine recognises the overlap between development programmes that foster gender equality and inclusion and internal organisational commitments and challenges to diversity and inclusion. She strongly believes that delivering inclusive development impact can best be driven by diverse teams and inclusive and respectful working practices.

Previously, Sabine worked at Adam Smith International and Oxford Policy Management and was the Gender and Inclusion Lead at both organisations. She also chaired ASI’s global Diversity & Inclusion Committee where she reported to the CEO and Board and led initiatives on mental health, work-life-balance and women in leadership between 2017 and 2019.