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Sadaf H. Minapara

Sadaf H. Minapara

Program Manager

Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055

(650) 724-4214 (voice)
(650) 724-2996 (fax)


Sadaf H. Minapara serves as a program manager with Stanford University's Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). She supports three of the four practitioner based programs at the Center which include the Omidyar Network Leadership Forum, Drapers Hills Summer Fellows Program and the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program. Minapara supports program communications, application intakes, budgets, coordination with faculty/staff and day-to-day operations. 


She has overseen and coordinated large scale, complex events with both Stanford and external stakeholders. This includes managing a network of over 325 civil society leaders from across 81 countries. She has managed workshops on the ground in Africa, Former Soviet Union, Asia and Latin America. Minapara has also introduced new and improved processes, and operational procedures across the Center to increase efficiency and team communication.


Before coming to Stanford, Minapara worked for One Million Lights (OML), where she acted as program manager. OML is a non-profit organization based in Palo Alto, CA committed to providing solar LED lights to under-resourced and energy poor communities in the developing world. Minapara designed and launched two programs that educated 7,000 K-12 students on solar technology across 200 schools in the United States and has lead to the distribution of over 7,000 portable solar lights (from 2009-'16) by 60+ students and young professionals to communities in need around the globe. 


Minapara lived in New Delhi, India as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow from 2010-11 at The Energy and Resources Institute, a leading global think-tank and research institute in the field of energy, sustainable development, and policy. As a visiting researcher, she supported business development, conducted fieldwork and designed and launched two programs for the organization's Lighting a Billion Lives Initiative in support of rural development and education.


Minapara holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley in political science and South and Southeast Asian civilization. She serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Oasis For Girls, a non-profit organization that partners with young women of color from under-resourced communities in San Francisco.