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Business Director, Strategic Partnerships Group, Microsoft China R&D (Beijing).

Sarah is the Business Director of the Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) of Microsoft China Research and Development in Beijing.

 

Business Director, Strategic Partnerships Group, Microsoft China R&D (Beijing).

Sarah is the Business Director of the Strategic Partnership Group (SPG) of Microsoft China Research and Development in Beijing.

SPG is responsible for driving the development of a robust technology ecosystem in China. This includes five different initiatives encompassing several hundred partners in the areas of software development outsourcing, hardware and device manufacturing, digital entertainment systems, systems integrators, independent software developers and the venture capital community.

A key additional component to her role is launching the China Business Innovation Center, which will focus on nurturing emerging companies in the Chinese technology industry. This will include: Intellectual Property Licensing and Ventures, MoU Commercialization and Emerging Business Consulting. Microsoft is committed to combining the investment of both mature and emerging technologies with the provision of guidance on strategy, business development, partnerships and financing. Our goal is to have a sustainable impact on the ability of Chinese entrepreneurs to cultivate their innovative business models into thriving enterprises, potentially with a path towards acquisition, merger or IPO.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Sarah ran the North American operations of a global software quality firm, where she also drove the evaluation of outsourcing options in China. Before that, she founded four companies: a manufacturer of specialty textiles, a venture backed software company, an employment process consultancy, and a corporate research firm. Sarah began her career in Management Consulting.

Sarah is a sought after speaker on technology and human capital in high growth environments. She is a regular presenter at VC Forums held throughout China by the China Venture Capital Research Institute. She is an Executive Member for the International Council for GlobalEXECWomen, and was the Chair of the Annual "International Women of Influence Awards" held in December 2007 in Beijing. She was an Executive Delegate on the AEA trade mission to China in 2006, and is a Founding Ambassador for the Georgia China Alliance. She also serves as Vice Chair for Strategic Branding for the Zhongguancun Software Association. Sarah was the 2005 President for Women in Technology, served four years on the Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia, and three years on the Advisory Board for the US Government Technology Counsel.

Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan Honors College with a degree in Chinese Language and International Business. She enjoys sports, music and spending time with her husband and three children.

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