Venture Investor

A global investment professional, Sarah has led a franchise business and pioneered the rollout of a new corporate venture capital unit within a $13BN Asian conglomerate. Notably, she worked on the US$30Million investment in US biotech company, for which signing was witnessed by former President Obama. As a venture investor, she is passionate about backing #nextgen ventures with wider impact metrics.

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 in leadership. In Jan 2016, Sarah was appointed Regional Leader by Sheryl Sandberg. In June 2018, Sarah was appointed to the Board of BEACON, with the aim of making Washington DC the most influential city for women entrepreneurs in the US.

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?
Access to Capital Series - Sep 27, MindSpace @9AM

Are you ready to debunk myths, clear the smoke and understand your financing options? 

 Link here!

Join BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative, capital providers and entrepreneurs to break down the funding landscape, connect with experts, and improve your understanding of the fundraising options that best fit your business. Through this three-part track series, entrepreneurs and small business owners will  (1) understand the funding landscape, (2) identify the funding source they need, and (3) work directly with experts and resource providers to address personalized needs through January 2019.

For the first part of the series, experts will provide TED-style talks and an interactive discussion answering your questions on DC’s fundraising landscape. 20 participants will be selected to advance to the second and third workshops, taking place between October 2018 and January 2019.

Topics discussed will include:

-What financing options exist?

– What should entrepreneurs ask themselves before seeking a financing option?

– How do companies/organizations provide funding for early-stage companies?

– How can entrepreneurs plan ahead?

Washington D.C - Win up to $50K to build your ecosystem!

Join us to help celebrate the kick-off of the 2018-2019 BEACON Grant Program! With the support of the Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, BEACON will award $50,000 to local “ecosystem builders” who design programs and initiatives that support DC’s women founders. I will be moderating a panel of past awardees and discuss the impact of their work. What is your dent in the universe?

RSVP Here – and see you at WeWork!

New York - WeWork Labs #WomenInTech

Join me as I discuss the future of impact investing – and why a gender lens should be given more attention! RSVP Here.

Wild Digital - the Premier Digital Conference in SouthEast Asia

WILD DIGITAL is a platform created for key Internet leaders to come together and share their bold and wild visions for building great disruptive companies.

Attended by leading tech CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs, senior executives and investors from around the world, WILD DIGITAL is the place to be.

Fun Fearless Fabulous - Owning your Ambition

What does it mean to live fearlessly? Sarah speaks at Cosmopolitan here!

Women in International Trade

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.
So to kick-off our year differently this 2017, we are incubating Circles – within corporates, within different regions across Malaysia, we reach out to build our #leanincommunity!
Date: 25th February 2017
Time: 10am
Venue: Mindvalley, Menara UOA Bangsar
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Annual Private Equity & Venture Capital Forum

After China and India, Southeast Asia is poised to become the next battleground for private equity and venture investors, as global players are looking to expand into the region. The investment thesis is brimming with potential but in practice market fragmentation and political instabilities have made barriers to entry problematic and minimised deal opportunity. However, deal activity is increasing and investor appetite for exposure to Southeast Asia is on the rise. The 7th annual AVCJ Singapore Forum will provide an unrivalled in-depth analysis and debate on the latest trends, challenges and opportunities for private markets investors attracted to Southeast Asia, as the next destination in their quest for diversifying their portfolios and delivering alpha. Find out more on!

Corporate Players Driving the Innovation Ecosystem in Asia - DealStreetasia PEVC 2017


Taking Charge of your Career - with Future Made SImple

Targeting young professionals and students, Sarah shares her stories on her career path, so that others can avoid some of the mistakes she made!

Past Engagements
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?
Other Speakers:
H.E Mona Ouk, FUNCINPEC Cambodia
Ibu Tatyana, Parti Demokrasi Indonesia; Datuk Heng Sai Kee, Malaysian Chinese Association
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GREAT Sarawak
How do women continue to deliver value via entrepreneurship?
Low Ngai Yuen, President, Kakiseni Nor Aizah, CEO, MADCAT Azlynda Jawawi, CEO, Wijasa Media Dayang Lily, CEO, Alim Consultancy
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.
Connecting Founders
Connecting Founders is a Bangkok-based organization focused on promoting women-led businesses in Southeast Asia. Opened by his Excellency, Mr. Karel HartoghAmbassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Thailand , we discussed Marketing for Start-ups with: Pattamon Mekavarakul, Vice President of Cape Dara Resort; Karin Lohitnavy, Founder of MIDAS PR.
In The Media

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Highlights on IG
 One day you will wake up and realize what cuts it and what doesn't. And most importantly, that you are enough. . . . #leadership #ambition #womeninleadership #ambitiouswoman #growth #inspiration

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