Sarah Santhosham

Executive Master of Public Administration Award at NYU Wagner - Economic and Political Development

Sarah is an HM Treasury official passionate about solving complex global public policy challenges through stronger international collaboration, greater interdisciplinary work and a better understanding of the impact on citizens. As a former community organiser and MP’s caseworker in an inner-city London borough where she grew up, she has seen the impacts of short-term policies on people’s lives and long-term outcomes, and is motivated by a desire to improve policymaking. Tackling tough international, economic and social policy challenges across the UK and in Brussels – including negotiating across the G20 to mitigate COVID-19’s impact – has given her an understanding of the impact of global dynamics on citizens, and the importance of nuanced social policies to improve resilience. She is excited to spend a year at NYU and UCL to learn about new policy ideas from expert practitioners, form a network of public servants from diverse cultures, and reflect on ways to use her experience to make an impactful contribution to policy making, with a particular focus on addressing regional inequalities. Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Classics at Oxford University, where she was elected Vice President of the student union.