Lisa Sachs is the director of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. She joined the center in 2008, became associate director in 2009, and director in 2012. Since joining the center, she has established and now oversees its three areas of focus: investments in extractive industries, investments in land and agriculture, and investment law and policy. Sachs has developed a robust research portfolio in each of these areas, and has overseen advisory work in Mozambique, Guinea, Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia, and Timor-Leste.
Sachs teaches a master’s seminar at Columbia Law School and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs on extractive Industries and sustainable development, and has helped to build course offerings at Columbia Law School on investment law and policy and executive trainings on extractive industries and land and sustainable development.
She specializes in extractive industries, foreign investment, corporate responsibility, human rights, and integrated economic development. Sachs is a member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s thematic group on the good governance of extractive and land resources and is vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Mining & Metals.
She earned her J.D. and M.A. in international affairs from Columbia University, where she was a James Kent Scholar and recipient of the Parker School Certificate in International and Comparative Law. She received a B.A. in economics from Harvard University.