Session International S&T Partnerships: Platforms of Science Diplomacy, 11 a.m.
Economic Officer at the United States Embassy Lisbon
Sona Ramesh is an Economic Officer at the United States Embassy Lisbon where she focuses on environment, science, technology and health issues, ranging from climate change, oceans and wildfires to global health, artificial intelligence and renewable energy. She joined the United States Diplomatic Service in 2011. Previously, she worked for the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, and served in the Office of Chinese Affairs. Sona’s overseas assignments include the U.S. Embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Seoul, South Korea; and New Delhi, India. She is the recipient of a Superior Honor Award for her work in building international collaboration on health and energy in Malaysia. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Sona worked for global health NGOs, such as Family Health International 360, BroadReach Healthcare, and the Global Business Coalition on Health. She also served as a policy advisor for the Government of Canada, focusing on child poverty programs and health care financing. Sona holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia.