The COVID-19 pandemic was unprecedented; millions of people were affected all over the world, hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs, and the global economy momentarily came to a halt. However, in the face of this debilitating challenge, certain personalities and authorities have proven their strength and character. They have not only exceptionally demonstrated resilience, but have defied odds and shown that people can rise above adversities. In the case of Sara Ketabi, an international trailblazer, world-renowned author, and esteemed founder of CollatEd, she has remarkably portrayed that young people can drive systemic change, spark action, and impact lives in the middle of an unparalleled global crisis. Rising through the ranks, this power player is on her way to bringing about numerous significant changes across the world.
Sara Ketabi is a global policy advisor, entrepreneur, and senior government consultant who hails from Los Angeles, California. This American-Iranian changemaker specializes in government and global health research. She is most notable for being the youngest foreign policy consultant to be employed by African governments to conduct internal political systems research and to have her policy consultations utilized at the federal and international levels. On a mission to become a genuine instrument of change during these trying times, the young prodigy has founded some of the biggest non-profit organizations, such as CollatEd, for the genuine belief in a better future for all.
CollatEd is a data-driven and diplomacy NGO that uses foreign policy as a means of pedagogy to propel the Sustainable Development Goals and reform traditional diplomacy objectives. It assists world ministries in finding practical solutions while strengthening governance structures in developing nations. Through CollatEd Lab, this promising institution works with Ministries of Education to facilitate action across countries.
As the global health crisis continues to launch an unparalleled impact on the world, particularly on the economy, CollatEd Lab founder and CEO Sara Ketabi takes it upon herself to mobilize the African public sector to effectively respond to the health, political, and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by hosting the first annual Global Governance Summit or GGS. This inspirational move seeks to spark change in managing the effects of the pandemic in the years to come.
From June 26 to 28 of last year, CollatEd Lab invited world leaders, governments, and United Nations agencies to convene at Global Governance Summit 2020. GGS has successfully facilitated policy dialogue on aligning sustainable finance, resilient healthcare systems, global government capacity-building, and combatting COVID-19 in light of recent events, uniting development stakeholders to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this initiative, Sara Ketabi aims to kick off a decade of effective and innovative action.
Since the end of the change-making event, Sara Ketabi has remarkably made significant changes among developing nations. “The data indicates that we have seen massive improvements to pandemic management in developing nations and appropriate adjustments to sustainable diplomacy,” she shared. For this reason, Ketabi is even more determined to catalyze transformation across the world, kickstarting initiatives that address not only current issues but also potential problems in the years to come.
With a long list of trailblazing initiatives under her arsenal, more can be expected from Sara Ketabi. Aside from her ongoing platforms, she aims to stay committed to catapulting the world to greater heights by uniting global governments through foreign policy, public health, redesigning digital democracy, evidence-based policymaking in developing nations, and more.