Saswati Bora

Global Director of Regenerative Food Systems at The Nature Conservancy

Saswati Bora joined the Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2021 as the Global Director for Regenerative Food Systems. At TNC, she leads the development of an emerging set of regenerative foodscapes as a crucial part of accelerating the transition of food systems from degrading and extractive to productive and restorative for nature and people.

Saswati brings two decades of experience in developing and leading ambitious agendas related to food systems, sustainable agriculture and rural development. Formerly the Head of Food Systems Innovation at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Saswati developed WEF’s global programmes on innovations and incentives in food systems transformation as well as regional initiatives in India. Prior to that, she worked at the World Bank where she helped set up the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the Global Food Crisis Program (GFRP). She has a strong track record in strategy development, policy analysis and building partnerships having previously also worked as a researcher at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Saswati received her Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, a B.A. in economics from Delhi University and a Post Graduate Diploma in communications from Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. She was born and raised in the northeastern state of Assam, India and is now based in New York City.

"I am honoured to join the IDH Supervisory Board. We need to invest in scalable solutions within the global food system, and IDH purpose aligns directly with this goal. Together with my fellow board members and the IDH team, I believe we can transform our food systems to meet the needs of people and planet. I am looking forward to working toward this goal as part of the IDH Supervisory Board.”