Sarah Downie

Sarah Downie


Sarah is an accomplished executive and strategist, with a particular talent for transforming, leading and activating purpose-led organisations.

As CEO for the Shared Value Project Australia and New Zealand (SVP), she builds on 20 years’ experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors to champion a better future for business and society collectively, through shared value. Driven by the belief that corporate assets, resources and innovation can unlock unrivalled social progress – whilst increasing business prosperity and sustainability – Sarah is committed to advancing a new kind of capitalism; fit for the times.

A member of the Shared Value Global Steering Committee, she directs the SVP team to deliver the evidence, tools, education and inspiration required make this urgent shift. Established in 2014, SVP has grown into a thriving and influential network of members including AIA Australia, IAG, NAB, PwC Australia, Nestlé Oceania and Optus.

With previous roles including executive positions at impact-led organisations Make-A-Wish Australia, One Girl Australia and Big Brothers Big Sisters Australia; and co-building the award-winning creative agency Joy, Sarah brings a wealth of practical insight and dynamic thinking to the shared value movement. She completed the Sustainable Business Program at Harvard Business School in 2019.