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Janet Sawaya

Resident Senior Director, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) Turkey


Janet Sawaya is currently the Resident Senior Director for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in Turkey. Janet has over 20 years of experience in international development. Prior to working for NDI, she was consulting and had worked for such organizations as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Women’s Campaign International, USAID Office of Transition Initiatives in Indonesia, Mercy Corps, and Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, She has worked in over 50 countries, having lived in Namibia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Indonesia. She received her B.A. in political economy from Evergreen State College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. As a consultant, Janet focused in part on impact investing and is currently working with social entrepreneurs in Turkey. She is committed to the sustainable social change that impact investing can have on people’s lives.

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