Sarah Lorraine Chen
Corporate Venture Investor & Co- Founder Asia Women Circle
Sarah now drives new innovative value for Sime Darby, a USD13 Bn conglomerate, via international strategic partnerships, investments and acquisitions (M&A) under its Corporate Ventures unit, Sime Darby Renewables.
Focused on developing the company’s bio-based agenda, she works with precommercial companies able to unlock higher value from the existing palm oil value chain. She manages the deal cycle from origination to execution, working closely on negotiations and deal structuring with target companies. She also acts as investment manager for select companies post-acquisition, involved in fundraising and other portfolio development work. Notably, she worked on the $30Million acquisition of US biotech company, Verdezyne for which signing was witnessed by President Obama.
Outside work, Sarah remains active in the field of Women & Business as recognized when she was awarded a Fellowship with the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce of England.
Sarah is also Co-Founder and Director of Asia Women Circle that drives “Lean In Malaysia” a women’s led foundation which harnesses the power of community and leadership to embolden women to achieve their full potential. In Jan 2016, Sarah was appointed by Sheryl Sandberg (COO, Facebook) as Regional Leader, championing Lean In Asia.