Dr Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson is an experienced Innovation practitioner, ecosystem builder, scientist and advocate for collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship. In her current role, inaugural Chief Innovation Officer and Chief Scientist at DFAT, she is responsible for leading, developing and scaling innovation and science practice and culture across DFAT, in neighbouring countries, and through whole of government activity.

Sarah has held leadership roles of all parts of the innovation system; as a tenured physics academic, global head of innovation at Cadbury, consultant at McKinsey, as a member of the Investment Committee for Main Sequence Ventures, Director on the Board of the Global Innovation Fund. She has published via TV, radio, books, academic journals, magazines and newspapers, and is an inventor on eight international patents. She was awarded a DPhil from the University of Oxford in particle physics, and ATSE Fellow.