Sarah Zak Borgman, Director, Skoll Community and Convenings , The Skoll Foundation
Sarah has executive oversight for the Skoll Community of Awardees and Skoll’s high-profile platforms that accelerate entrepreneurial approaches to the world’s most pressing problems. As part of her responsibilities, she oversees the Skoll World Forum, the premiere 1,200 person invite-only, week-long convening at the University of Oxford, in Oxford, U.K.
Sarah has more than 20 years of executive and general management experience, with a focus on marketing, communications and convening experience in the public, private and government sectors. Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, she served as the VP of Communications at the X PRIZE, the VP of Communications at the Prostate Cancer Foundation and a VP at Porter Novelli where she directed numerous entertainment, Fortune 100 and advocacy accounts. Sarah also worked for the Clinton Administration as the director of marketing for the Peace Corps and also served as a communications officer at the National School-to-Work Office at the U.S. Department of Education.
Sarah has significant on-air broadcast experience as a panelist on a national public affairs television show and has served as a spokesperson on numerous outlets including CNN, NBC Nightly News, NPR, among others. She has participated in various speaking/moderating/ MC and Steering Committee roles in other prominent organizations and gatherings such as the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen Global Leadership Network Action Forum, Opportunity Collaboration, Independent Sector, BSR, Wellbeing Project and Tendrel. She is trained in the IFTF’s Foresight Programming Method and in the Aspen Institute’s intensive Moderator Program.
Sarah started her career as part of the communications team for Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) and earned a BA with honors in political science and international relations from Boston College and has studied in both France and at Oxford.