Sarah Wood is a digital entrepreneur and diversity advocate, driving innovation and transforming business culture for the better. She co-founded Unruly, the international video advertising marketplace, acquired by NewsCorp for £114 million in 2015.
Unruly grew from an idea charting the popularity of viral videos to a global online advertising business, built on the power of content to tell a story, working with brands that want to move people not just reach them, bringing emotional intelligence to digital advertising.
Sarah is Senior Independent Director on the board of Tech Nation, the growth platform for ambitious British tech entrepreneurs. She is also on the board at tech scaleup, Signal AI, focussed on business intelligence, and at Hambro Perks Acquisition Company, where the mission is to find and float a scaled tech company on the London Stock Exchange. As a trustee of Anna Freud, she is passionate about supporting the mental health of children, families and their communities.
Drawing on her experience as CEO of Unruly, Sarah wrote the must-read career handbook ‘Stepping Up: How to Accelerate Your Leadership Potential’ which calls for more diverse, digital and empathetic business leaders.
Sarah has been a judge for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. She is in demand as a commentator on the technology industry, and business as a whole. When speaking, Sarah can cover topics from the future of technology to women in business, as well as telling her own remarkable business story.
Recognised for her work in the tech industry and for her entrepreneurship, Sarah has been named Veuve Clicquot’s Businesswoman of the Year, City AM’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and awarded an OBE for services to technology and innovation.