A globally minded communications leader with expertise in business, media and sustainability.
Sarah Backhouse is a communications leader with over 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist, entrepreneur and executive.
Sarah leads communications at a global consumer goods company. She previously managed communities for CEOs, Chief Communications Officers and Finance Officers from Fortune 500 companies. A successful entrepreneur, she founded an online video platform showcasing clean technology and sustainable innovation. A former TV host and journalist, Sarah has credits on CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Discovery Channel, Planet Green 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 sits on the boards of the Australian National University Foundation UK and 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.
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.
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 was a recurring host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality live broadcast.