Sarah is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women/ Beyond The Billion, a global consortium of over 90 venture capital funds that have now pledged to and are actively deploying beyond US$1Bn to be invested into women-founded companies. Today, she works with limited partner investors to diversify their portfolio through venture as a returns strategy.
Sarah sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate, to encourage more women to run for office in the United States; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Malaysia, boasting beyond 7,000 women within the network, bringing more women back into the workforce, accelerating women in leadership.
Based in Washington DC, Sarah Chen is Co-Founder of Beyond The Billion (previously known as The Billion Dollar Fund for Women), a global consortium of over 90 venture funds and limited partner investors that have pledged to invest beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies. To date, the consortium boasts 6 female-founded unicorns. Previously, she was on the pioneer team of a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies.
In my capacity as Advisor to Sime Darby’s ventures team, I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with Sarah who drives a lot of the investments work in the team. Sarah continues to impress me with her positive and professional attitude and approach in her work, with demonstrated in-depth, practical knowledge of the business. She is a rare combination of an analytical, strategic mind with a true talent for negotiation and stakeholder management. Representing a strategic investor, Sarah goes to extra mile whether it’s in working in the investee companies in business development or project financing work. It is without a doubt that Sarah will be an asset to any organization she works with.
Upon first meeting Sarah, you are immediately struck by her energy, ambition, and wit. Quickly you discover that there is far more substance than you expected and find yourself working hard to keep up with her. I had the pleasure of getting to know Sarah in 2014 when Sime Darby was evaluating a significant investment in my company. As the deal progressed, her contributions to the deal increased greatly and we ultimately closed a $30 million investment. Since then, I’ve come to learn that Sarah possesses the rare attribute of having an entrepreneur-like ability to see big picture concepts while at the same time having a lawyer-like attention to detail. She proves to be equally valuable in document review and strategic planning. Sarah also has a tireless work ethic, amazing people skills and an outstanding professional demeanor.
I have no doubt that Sarah is destined for great things and will enjoy seeing her conquer whatever she chooses to face in life, professionally and otherwise.
Sarah is a force to be reckoned with. We worked together on a strategy to bring innovation to a large corporate, back when engagement by the corporate with startups was still very nascent. I saw first hand, Sarah’s strategic thinking combined with excellent execution ability, her deep diligence in evaluating investments combined with top relationship management – which frankly, is a profile hard to come by. She is one that is able to look at a problem set, maneuver any framework, manage stakeholders, and come to a solution that everyone around the table can then back. She is a leader, and I’m confident, will do great things.
Aiza Azreen Ahmad