Saba Loftus

Director of Special Projects

In this role, Saba leads EAT’s event team, international policy and coordinates the content of the EAT Food Forums. Saba’s professional background is in Communications and Sustainable Development Policy Advocacy at an international level. Prior to joining EAT in November 2016, she has worked for fortune 50 companies, the United Nations, Youth constituencies and NGOs in over 48 countries.

In 2012, Saba was appointed Organising Partner for the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth for Rio+20 and coordinated policy engagement in the post 2015 policy negotiations that culminated in Agenda 2030 (the Sustainable Development Goals). In 2013, she was seconded to Guyana as ONF International’s Chargée de Mission for an intergovernmental REDD+ technical cooperation project in the Guiana Shield EcoRegion.  In 2014, she was appointed as Organising Partner for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) processes. She facilitated the youth focal point capacity building processes for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States and 10YFP on SCP. This was followed by a staff position as an Associate Programme Officer for the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) facilitating civil society engagement in the Climate Summit, UNGA and Financing for Development processes. After her time with the United Nations, she served as Programme Officer for Global Policy Watch covering the UN Statistical Commission, Financing for Development and the UNGA Second Committee negotiations. Saba has contributed to numerous publications including “Fit for whose purpose? Private funding and corporate influence in the United Nations”, Rio+Twenties Participation Guide and editing UNEP’s Global Environmental Outlook 5 for Youth.

Saba holds a Master’s in Business Studies (Government), speaks fluent Swahili and is an Irish national.