Sandra Coyle

Ex-Officio (USA)

Sandra Coyle has been engaged by WFM/IGP since January 2021 as the Consulting Executive Director to focus on the strategic direction, funding, and structure of the organization.

Before joining WFM/IGP, Sandra recently served as the Chief Communications Officer at the African Economic Research Consortium, where she successfully redeveloped their five-year strategic plan into a more innovative approach to meet the changing needs of a dynamic region. She has held senior positions in Africa, Europe, and the Americas region, including in challenging and sensitive political and economic environments, leading globally dispersed teams across continents. Her global experience has covered Africa (Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe), Asia (Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, and India), Europe (France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK), and Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru).

Sandra brings twenty years of experience in operations, strategy, leadership, and communications for corporations, non-profits, and international organizations in the advertising, education, environment, finance, humanitarian, and health fields. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her ability to transform organizations through rebranding, operational redesign, and outreach campaigns. 

Sandra holds a master’s degree in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and History from Rutgers University in the United States.

Sandra is a US citizen currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. She speaks English as her native language, elementary to intermediate French, very elementary Spanish, and she is working on her Swahili.

What is the future you are working towards?

“All of us have seen over the last year the destruction to economies, livelihoods, and the challenges national governments have faced trying to manage a fast-moving and difficult health crisis. It is now extremely clear more collaboration is needed among countries to help people live safer, more productive lives with access to livelihoods. The future I am working towards is to create the foundation for a new way of working together to ensure safe, peaceful, and prosperous lives for everyone, no matter our geographic location.”