Sarah Backhouse is a global communications leader with over 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist, entrepreneur and executive. Sarah’s relentless curiosity, storytelling prowess and ability to engage stakeholders has allowed her to consistently drive business value across roles and industries.
She is currently Managing Director of Communications 50 and Sustainability 50 at World 50, private communities of senior-most communications and sustainability executives from Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies. In this role, Sarah facilitates critical business connections, moderates conversations with world renowned thought-leaders and convenes environments for peer-to-peer learning. Further, Sarah has devised and executed innovative strategies, led cross-functional teams, and created long-term partnerships.Prior to joining World 50, Sarah was Founder and CEO of Future360, a digital platform with a mission to educate audiences on the game-changing potential of clean technology and sustainable innovation. A former TV host, producer and journalist with 15 years of experience, Sarah has credits on CNBC, BBC, PBS, Fine Living, Discovery Channel, Planet Green and Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Reality. Sarah has earned recognition as a leading voice on climate and sustainability and is invited to emcee conferences and moderate panel discussions on the topic.
Sarah is the President of the Australian National University Foundation USA and serves on the Board of the Women in Green Forum. She was honored as one of Asia Pacific’s Leading 50 Women at the 2011 Advance Women’s Leadership Summit, one of Australia Unlimited’s Global 50 in 2013.
She graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Japanese Studies from the Australian National University and Keio University. Sarah was born in the UK, was raised in Australia and Japan, and speaks fluent Japanese.
Master of Ceremony