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A globally minded communications leader with expertise in business, media and sustainability.

Sarah Backhouse is the Managing Director of Communications 50 and Sustainability 50 at World 50.

In this role, Sarah creates environments for senior-most communications and sustainability executives from the world’s largest companies to learn from each other; moderates conversations with global leaders and drives the growth of these exclusive communities.


A successful entrepreneur, Sarah founded, an online video platform showcasing sustainable innovation. A former TV host and journalist, Sarah has credits on CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Discovery Channel, Planet Green, Worth Magazine and Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality.

Sarah was born in the UK and raised in Australia and Japan. She is a graduate of the Australian National University and Keio University in Tokyo, and speaks fluent Japanese.


She is President of the Australian National University Foundation USA and a board member of the Women in Green Forum. Sarah has been honored as one of Asia Pacific’s Leading 50 Women and one of Australia Unlimited’s Global 50.


As an emcee, Sarah has been entrusted by Fortune 500 companies and leading global organizations to energize and entertain savvy audiences. Sarah brings sophistication and an international perspective to major conferences and events.

Sarah has emceed events for IBM, SXSW, UN Women, Greenbuild International, Women in Green Forum and more.



An accomplished moderator, Sarah is masterful at creating environments that allow guests to shine. Sarah’s ability to ask incisive questions, improvise in the moment and include the audience, result in expertly guided conversations.

Sarah has moderated conversations with Tony Blair, Fred Smith, CEO Fedex, Ursula Burns, CEO of VEON, Christiane Amanpour, Martin Sheen and more.


A television host with a strong on-camera presence, Sarah effectively reaches audiences in science, technology, sustainability and lifestyle.

She has worked with prominent broadcasters including CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Discovery Channel and Planet Green, where she has interviewed world leaders, CEOs of multinational corporations, academics and scientists.

Sarah is also a recurring host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality live broadcast.

Spectacular, as always.— Vice President Al Gore
Quick on her feet and a great command of the stage.— Mark Felix, Drury Entertainment
Able to translate complex technical information for a broad array of audiences.” — Karl Burkart, Digital Director, GCCA
“A master of distilling essential messages from a complex narrative.” — Walter Schindler, Managing Director, SAIL Capital Partners
Understands the challenges of communicating hard science to the masses.— Jaime Nack, President, Three Squares Inc.

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