Sarah Pearson is a member of the investment committee at Main Sequence where she drives investment for early-stage companies that are linked to the Australian tech sector.
Her VC portfolio comprises over $1Bn of investment globally and includes additional funds such as the Global Innovation Fund and Impact Investment Exchange Asia.
She also serves as a professional non-executive director and innovation advisor in corporate, university and government sectors. Her extensive global executive leadership experience has spanned FTSE 100 multinationals, international C-suite roles in the public and private sector, leading brands such as Cadbury and McKinsey, Venture Capital, academia and startups. A leader in science and innovation, Sarah’s roles have included Chief Scientist and Chief Innovation Officer at the Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Founding CEO of the CBR Innovation Network, PVC Innovation at the University of Newcastle, CEO of ANU Enterprise and Global Head of Open Innovation at Cadbury.
Sarah has been engaged in a wide range of activities growing Australia’s innovation capability, through serving as a member of Questacon’s Advisory Council, the Precincts Board, director of ANSTO Nuclear Medicine and a fellow of ATSE. She has advised governments nationally and internationally on innovation policy and her suggestions have become nationally and internationally significant programs. Throughout her career, she has invented eight international patents and been published in academic journals in the fields of Particle Physics, Medical Physics, AI and Science Policy.
Sarah holds a DPhil degree in Particle Physics from the University of Oxford and has graduated from the AICD Company Directors Course.
Sarah is committed to ensuring no one is left behind in the emerging tech economies, with a particular focus on women and those living in poverty.