STEM LEADER SARAH MORAN JOINS TECHSYDNEY BOARD
TechSydney has appointed technology leader and STEM advocate Sarah Moran to its board. The high profile Co-Founder and CEO of the global movement Girl Geek Academy, will help lead initiatives focused around growing the pipeline of women entrepreneurs.
Sarah has been immersed in tech and STEM for most of her career, establishing Girl Geek Academy alongside four co-founders in 2014 as a social enterprise on a mission to help inspire one million women into technology by 2025. The Girl Geek Academy programs are for girls from the age of five right through to 95 and have helped train more than 10,000 girls and women. She has also worked across Australia and Silicon Valley, where she witnessed first-hand the challenges faced by women in the industry.
Ms Moran said,“There is no better time to be supporting women in Australia to launch and grow their own startups. The world is heading into uncharted territory with unprecedented opportunities for technology leaders to create breakthroughs in the health, education, finance and environmental fields to name a few. We need to heed the advice of global research and moving quickly towards a much more diverse and gender equal distribution of power, especially in the tech and innovation space.
Established in 2017, TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects and promotes Sydney’s tech industry. TechSydney is committed to making Sydney one of the most desirable places in the world to have a high-growth tech company.
TechSydney Director, Fleur Brown said Sarah’s appointment is part of a board refresh and will help build on TechSydney’s commitment to gender equality, problem-solving and community building.
“Sarah is a super-achiever in the community and an incredible voice and role model for women in technology. Under Sarah’s leadership, Girl Geek Academy has kicked some big goals nationally and within the Victorian ecosystem in particular. Talent is the leading constraint for Sydney startup founders, and growing the pipeline of women founders is a high priority. We are thrilled to have the benefit of Sarah’s expertise and network as Sydney grows its local and global startup brand,” she said.
An active community contributor, Sarah works with the Leonardo group and Science Gallery Melbourne, is a member of the Victorian Minister’s Advisory Council for Gender Equality, an ambassador for Brisbane City Council’s youth program, Visible Ink, and sits on the Standards Australia Cloud Board. She also sits on the VicHealth Youth Taskforce and is a VicHealth champion. In 2019 Sarah and Girl Geek Academy published a best-selling young adult fiction series with Penguin Books to help inspire the next generation of Hipsters, Hackers and Hustlers.
About TechSydney: Established in 2017, TechSydney is an entrepreneur-led industry group that connects and promotes Sydney’s tech industry. The NFP is committed to making Sydney one of the most desirable places in the world to have a high-growth tech company. Great ecosystems support everyone in them and provide the right conditions to succeed. We understand the power of technology to create change and we’re working with founders, industry and governments to ensure everyone sees the benefits of our industry. Key initiatives include Sydney founder forums, the Visiting Entrepreneurs Program, advocacy and consultation for the Technology precinct at Central Station and the TechSydney digital platform with a growing membership of 3,000, in partnership with Ramen Life and the City of Sydney. The TechSydney leadership team consists of Board Directors Fleur Brown, Bede Moore, Dean McEvoy and Sarah Moran with further board appointments to be announced in 2020. TechSydney’s volunteer team also includes: Joe Allen, Ramen Life (Digital Platform) and Paul Towers (Newsletter) along with Founder Forum facilitators Rod Power and Dwin Tucker and Carolyne Gowen.