Sophia Murphy


Sophia Murphy has 25 years of professional experience in international development cooperation. She is an expert on multilateral and regional trade and investment agreements and their relationship to food security and rural development. Her research and advocacy has focused on food systems, including international trade law, domestic support programs, rural development, food aid, the right to food, international commodity agreements, and concentrated economic power in food and agriculture markets.

Sophia has worked for NGOs and the United Nations and as a consultant for government agencies and think tanks. She has given public lectures, taught an undergraduate level course on food policy, and is currently completing a PhD at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. She is also serving a second term on the international High Level Panel of Experts to the UN Committee on World Food Security.

She joined the ActionAid USA Board of Directors in March 2013 and was elected Chair in September 2016.