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Sara L.M. Davis (known as Meg) is an anthropologist and human rights activist, and a senior fellow at the Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre and Anthropology & Sociology department.

She earned her Ph.D. at University of Pennsylvania, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Yale and UCLA. She was China researcher at Human Rights Watch, then founding executive director of Asia Catalyst, and then the first senior advisor on human rights at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, where she led early work to operationalize the Fund’s human rights objectives. Currently she works as a consultant, advising civil society advocates on the Board of the Global Fund, as well as clients at UNAIDS and other agencies. She also teaches courses on sexual and gender-based violence to humanitarian managers, and serves on an advisory group for the Oxfam Independent Commission.

Throughout, Meg has been a prolific writer, with a book, Song and Silence: Ethnic revival on China’s southwest borders (Columbia University Press 2005); articles, human rights reports, book chapters, and plays, and a book for children. She is currently writing a book on politics of data in global health finance for Cambridge University Press. In 2017, she was one of three winners of the International Geneva Award.