Ms Sarah Brown

Position: Executive Chair of The Global Business Coalition for Education, President of Theirworld
Country: United Kingdom
Sarah Brown is a passionate advocate for global education and health issues and her work brings together the worlds of business, philanthropy, social media and charity campaigning. 

She is the Founder and President of the children’s charity Theirworld, Founder and Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education and co-founder of A World At School, a global movement to get children across the world into education. 

Through these roles, as well as her involvement in co-founding the Maternal Mortality Campaign Sarah provides strategic leadership to worldwide efforts to save and change the lives of women and children.  Her contribution has been recognised with the Vision and Impact Award from the Global Business Coalition for Health, an Honorary Fellowship from Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Recognition Award from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

In the course of her work on women’s health, Sarah has addressed both the World Health Organisation’s Annual Assembly and the International Confederation of Midwives and chaired a United Nations Special Meeting that heralded the end of healthcare user fees for pregnant women in 16 countries.  Sarah’s deep commitment to the health of pregnant women and newborns led to her founding Theirworld, an international children’s charity in 2002. Theirworld administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund, established in memory of Sarah and Gordon’s first child and in the past 12 years has grown to reach across the UK and now globally, providing first funding for new health and education projects. 

Theirworld launched A World At School, an initiative that partners with all sectors, including business leaders, faiths organisations and NGOs to mobilise education campaigns around the world. A World at School helped to convene the first ever youth takeover of the United Nations in July 2013, for Malala day, established the Safe Schools Initiative, formed in response to the kidnapped girls of Chibok and in September 2014 launched #UpForSchool – a global movement to enforce the right of every child to go to school, without danger or discrimination.

As Executive Chair of the Global Business Coalition for Education she steers its 100+ companies from across the world and brings the voice of the business community to government leaders in countries with the highest number of out-of-school children including Nigeria, India and Pakistan. GBC-Education’s aim is to accelerate progress in delivering quality education and learning for all of the world’s children.

She was Managing Director of one of Britain’s most dynamic independent communications companies and subsequently led a global arts PR firm. A passionate advocate of women’s leadership, Sarah’s corporate involvement continued as Patron of the CBI First Women Awards to honour women in the boardroom and at the helm of Britain’s successful start-ups and growing businesses. Sarah is a Non-Executive Director of Harrods Group (Holding) Limited.

Sarah is the author of best-selling book Behind the Black Door, a personal memoir about life at 10 Downing Street. She is Patron of Women’s Aid, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, SHINE Education Trust and a Global Champion of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. 

Sarah spent part of her early life in Tanzania in East Africa, before going to school in London and then studying Psychology at Bristol University. Sarah lives in London and Scotland with her husband, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Member of Parliament Gordon Brown, and their two sons John and Fraser. She pioneered using social media in government and is an avid user of twitter, regularly tweeting to her 1.2 million followers.