Lisa Sachs

Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director, Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment at School of International and Public Affairs


  • School of International and Public Affairs



School of International and Public Affairs

Lisa Sachs is the Director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. She joined CCSI in 2008, and became Associate Director in 2009 and Director in 2012. Since joining CCSI, she established and now oversees the three areas of focus for CCSI: investments in extractive industries, investments in land and agriculture, and investment law and policy. She has developed a robust research portfolio in each of these areas, and has overseen advisory work in Mozambique, Guinea, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, and Timor-Leste. She teaches a masters seminar at Columbia''s School of International and Public Affairs on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development, and has helped to build the course offerings at Columbia Law School on investment law and policy and executive trainings on extractive industries and land and sustainable development. She specializes in extractive industries, foreign investment, corporate responsibility, human rights, and integrated economic development. She is a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s thematic group on the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources and is incoming Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum''s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals for 2014-2016. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University, and earned her Juris Doctor and a Masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law.


  • JD and MIA, Columbia University
  • BA in Economics, Harvard University

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