Corporate Ventures

A corporate venture investor, investing in & nurturing innovative technologies via an innovation and ventures arm in one of Asia’s largest multinational conglomerates.

Having pioneered a venture capital spin-off unit, Sarah is now tasked to further spur group-wide innovation via external ventures, corporate incubation and acceleration.

Community Leader

Co-Founder of Asia Women Circle that independently drives Lean In Malaysia, championing the #leanin movement in Asia – a platform to educate, enable and empower women to harness their full potential. In Jan 2016, Sarah was appointed Regional Leader by Sheryl Sandberg.

Speaker & Presenter

A media personality (professional moderator and presenter) particularly focused in the sphere of Women & Business.

Download Sarah Chen's 2017 Profile here
What next, Sarah?

Date: 8th March

Time: 10am

Venue: MaGIC, Cyberjaya
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MaGIC along with Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia will be organising a half-day event in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2017 (IWD 2017). This year’s campaign theme, #BeBoldForChange aims to drive International Women’s Day as a vehicle of change and a call for gender balanced leadership and inclusive flexible cultures.

Will you #BeBoldForChange on IWD 2017 and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that will truly drive the greatest change for women? Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond?

Women in International Trade

Date: 6th February 2017

Time: 4pm

Venue: UPS Public Affairs Office, Pennsylvania Avenue

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) based in Washington, DC, works to promote the professional development of women in international trade and business and to raise public awareness of the importance of international trade to economic development.

Drawing upon her venture capital spin-off experience and new endeavors in a group-wide roll out in spurring corporate innovation, Sarah will speak about the need to capitalize on innovation, with a unique view on the ecosystem in emerging markets such as Malaysia. Sarah will also touch upon women in leadership as co-founder of the independently run, women-empowerment platform, Lean In Malaysia and Regional Leader of Lean In Asia as appointed by Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook).

Build your ecosystem: the power of peer support

85% of members credit circles for bringing about positive change in their life– and this year, to address our two key goals of advancing women into leadership and encouraging women to return to the workforce, our theme will be focused on building the community ecosystem. Women succeed when the ecosystem supports their choices — and the power of peer support is core to that.
So to kick-off our year differently this 2017, we are incubating Circles – within corporates, within different regions across Malaysia to create a multiplier effect of women progressing together, we reach out to build our #leanincommunity!
Date: 25th February 2017
Time: 10am
Venue: Mindvalley, Menara UOA Bangsar
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Asia Pacific Young BPW Symposium

Business and Professional Women, BPW International for short, develops the professional, leadership and business of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and our economic empowerment programs and projects around the world. BPW International is one of the largest international networks world-wide and has one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 90 countries on 5 continents.

Sarah will be speaking about Spurring Corporate Intrapreneurship & Extrapreneurship.

Past Engagements
The Venture Capital backdrop: "Funding to the next level"

Topic: What is the current backdrop for funding across Malaysia, Southeast Asia?


Other speakers:
Dzuleira Abu Bakar, CEO, Cradle Seed Ventures William Du, CEO, Ingenious Syed Hazim, Principal, Tuas Capital (KAF)

Digi Challenge for Change 2016

The Digi Challenge for Change is an open and inclusive programme and competition for Malaysians to contribute ideas for mobile applications that benefit society.

The mission for Season 7 is Building Mobile First Solutions for Social Impact.

Click here to find out more!

Connecting Founders
Connecting Founders is a Bangkok-based organization focused on promoting women-led businesses in Southeast Asia. Their goal is to inspire women entrepreneurs to dream big and be at the forefront of their industries.
Opened by his Excellency, Mr. Karel HartoghAmbassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand , we discussed Marketing for Start-ups – how to craft a killer marketing strategy on a budget with: Pattamon Mekavarakul, Vice President of Cape Dara Resort; Karin Lohitnavy, Founder of MIDAS PR.
Lean In Women Empowerment Regional Conference
Regional Leaders are Circle pros who have championed Lean In at their companies and in their local communities, and are central to our mission to empower all women to achieve their ambitions.
In Jan 2016, Sarah was selected by Sheryl Sandberg as Regional Leader, where she intends to champion the movement across Asia – which touches more than 300,000 in the community.
ASEAN Women In Politics Conference
Whilst we have progressed, global participation of women in parliament sits at 22.7% (2015). How do we tap into the digital economy as a route to increase participation of women in politics?
H.E Mona Ouk, FUNCINPEC Cambodia
Ibu Tatyana, Parti Demokrasi Indonesia
Datuk Heng Sai Kee, Malaysian Chinese Association
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GREAT Sarawak
Low Ngai Yuen, President, Kakiseni Nor Aizah, CEO, MADCAT Azlynda Jawawi, CEO, Wijasa Media Dayang Lily, CEO, Alim Consultancy
In The Media

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Highlights on IG
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