Dara has worked across a number of global health issues for both private and nonprofit organizations. She served as vice president, external affairs at Aeras, a product development partnership developing a tuberculosis vaccine. While a consultant with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she advocated for increased spending for global health research and development and promoted innovative financing for product development.
As director of finance and planning for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), Dara oversaw the organization’s annual budget and managed the financial systems for more than 20 international clinical trial sites. She also has industry experience as a management consultant with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and as a program manager in clinical research at Genzyme.
Dara holds a masters of international finance and business from Columbia University in New York. She serves as a senior advisor to Made By Dyslexia, a new nonprofit launched by Richard Branson to bring awareness and support to children affected by dyslexia.