Dr. Sara Z. Kutchesfahani

Director of Programs
Washington, DC

Prior to arriving at Ploughshares, Sara was the Director of the N Square DC Hub. N Square is a funders collaborative created in 2014 to introduce innovation and creative thinking into the nuclear risk reduction space. As the Director of the DC Hub, she brought together nuclear risk reduction professionals to collaborate, build community, and connect with innovators and experts from other disciplines, while also bringing nontraditional approaches and voices to the space. Activities included convening virtual monthly virtual brown bags for early career professionals, organizing professional development programs, and hosting conversations about many of the existing field-wide issues.

Sara has close to 20 years of professional and academic experience in the fields of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security, holding research, analysis, teaching, and managerial positions at a national nuclear weapons laboratory, an NGO, a university, and at various think tanks around the world. This diverse background is a clear indication of her openness to learning new processes and approaches.

She has a PhD in Political Science from University College London and is the author of Global Nuclear Order (Routledge: 2019) and Politics and the Bomb: The Role of Experts in the Creation of Cooperative Nuclear Non-Proliferation Agreements (Routledge: 2014), as well as numerous scholarly and policy articles.