Sandra Russo is the Director of the Office for Global Research Engagement and has been with the International Center for more than 20 years. As Director, she works with faculty to facilitate international engagement through networking, grants, and various activities that foster such engagement. She holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from UF and has experience working in over 40 countries around the world, primarily in Africa and the Middle East. She also is principal investigator on gender and development projects, especially as relates to climate change adaptation, water resources management, and food security.
Sandra leads UFIC’s university-wide initiatives to advance international research. As director, her role to build strategic partnerships fosters more innovative and creative outcomes to UF’s international research efforts. She oversees OGRE’s faculty and doctoral student research development programs; including the Global Fellows Program, the Research Abroad for Doctoral Students Program, and other funding opportunities to sponsor faculty-led international research.