Sara Boettiger

Head of Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability, Crop Science, Bayer

saraDr. Sara Boettiger serves as Head of Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability for the Crop Science division of Bayer. In this role, she is a member of the Crop Science Executive Leadership Team and the Corporate Public Affairs, Science & Sustainability Leadership Team. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Boettiger collaborates with key partners to identify solutions to the challenges faced by farmers and the environment, finds common ground with stakeholders and critics, and expands Bayer’s sustainability efforts.


Boettiger is passionate about our generational responsibility to create a more sustainable global agri-food system for the future. Prior to joining Bayer, Boettiger was a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Co. where she co-led the McKinsey Center for Agricultural Transformation. This included working with governments and companies to tackle global hunger and malnutrition, improve the lives of smallholder farmers, and address climate change.


Boettiger has also served as Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Senior Advisor at Syngenta Foundation; faculty fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Chair of the Board of Trustees of the international ag research institute CIMMYT; advisor to the satellite company Planet Labs; and member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils. Additionally, she taught agricultural economics at University of California, Berkeley; co-founded several non-profits; and co-led the development of a pioneering ag-biotech patent pool.


Boettiger has 20+ years of experience working on agriculture and food systems around the world. She has worked across a wide range of topics, including corporate sustainability, climate change risk, smallholder farming systems, digital agriculture, agricultural policy, and intellectual property rights. Boettiger holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. 


She has three children and two grandchildren. Outside of work, she can be found hiking, listening to audio books on her spin bike, or in the kitchen learning to cook something new.


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