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Sarah Telford

Sarah Telford

Lead for the Centre for Humanitarian Data




Sarah Telford is the lead for UN OCHA’s Centre for Humanitarian Data based in The Hague. The Centre is focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector. In this role, she oversees a global data platform, the Humanitarian Data Exchange. Sarah has been with OCHA for over 10 years.


Prior to joining OCHA, Sarah worked for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in the Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department in London. She has also worked with UNICEF in New York and Afghanistan, the UN mission in Afghanistan, and the International Medical Corps in Iraq. She began her career with the UN as a press officer with the Department of Public Information in New York.


Sarah has an MA in East Asian studies from Columbia University and a BA in English Literature from Hofstra University.