Head of National Security and Defence Public Policy, Australia & New Zealand, Amazon Web Services - External Contributor
Sara Goldsworthy is a senior public policy leader with a passion for tackling the big issues at the intersection of national security, technology, economics and international relations.
After 15 years in the Australian Public Service, Sara decided it was time for a new challenge. Following a brief stint at Canva (an online design platform and one of Australia's fastest growing tech companies), Sara joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) as Head of Government Engagement and now leads National Security and Defence Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand. At AWS Sara covers a broad range of high-profile tech policy issues, many of which have significant implications for national security and defence.
Throughout her distinguished public service career Sara led multidisciplinary teams through crises, government reform, and major event delivery at the commonwealth and state level. Her instrumental leadership led the establishment of the Cyber and Critical Technologies Intelligence Mission at ONI, the Critical Technologies Policy Coordination Office and Centre for Counter-Terrorism Coordination in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She also led the whole-of-government taskforce which oversaw establishment of the Home Affairs portfolio, and coordinated Australia's G20 Presidency.
Sara has held senior executive positions in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Office of National Intelligence, Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. Sara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Technology and a Masters of Arts in International Relations (Hons) from the Australian National University.
Sara is a passionate advocate for increasing the representation of women in national security and STEM and is a proud mentor of women in these fields. Sara is on the Board of Women in STEMM Australia and is a mentor for Future Women. Sara served as Vice President of the RSPCA ACT from 2015-20 and remains a determined 'cat-herder' in her professional and personal life.