Dr. Jolyne Sanjak is an agricultural economist with specialization in development economics. She has more than 25 years of technical, research and managerial experience relating to inclusive global economic development, with technical expertise in areas including rural and urban land governance, as well as with rural livelihoods and agricultural development. Currently serving as Landesa’s Chief Program Officer, she provides strategic leadership, oversight and technical support to Landesa’s programmatic work worldwide.
Prior to joining Landesa, Dr. Sanjak founded and was the Executive Director of the Land Alliance, a not-for-profit organization engaged in supporting land-based development around the globe. She served as a Managing Director and later Deputy Vice President for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, with a focus on private sector development, agriculture, land tenure, and gender and social assessment. She also served as a lead for the United States government in intergovernmental negotiations including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the context of National Food Security (VGGT). Her earlier professional experiences include serving as a land consultant for the World Bank, IFPRI, the FAO and the IADB with specialized expertise in land markets, land tenure, land policy, property registration, agricultural productivity and gender and impact evaluation.