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 Future360.tv, 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.
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 is also a recurring host on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality live broadcast.