Named Forbes 30 Under 30, Sarah’s leadership career spans across venture capital and innovation, in both Asia and the United States. Currently Principal at FedTech, a private venture firm backed by the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies, she focuses on commercializing great innovation at the deep tech nexus developed across DoD, DoE, NASA and other laboratories. She is also Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged $1Bn towards women-founded companies, to begin addressing the gender venture funding gap.
Prior to these roles, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans with her portfolio companies, from project financing to market opportunities across Southeast Asia.
On a mission to see more women in the frontline, she sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by among others, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the United States and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia.
She is a recognized speaker, commentator and advisor on venture capital, innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal and at the United Nations. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between the US- Asia.
More about her work on www.scsarahchen.com/ @scsarahchen on all social media handles.