The longer bio

Sarah Wilson is a multi-New York Times and Amazon best-selling author, podcastersocial philosopher, international keynote speaker, philanthropist and climate change advisor.

Sarah is known globally for founding the I Quit Sugar movement – a digital wellness program with 13 award-winning books that sell in 52 countries – which saw millions around the world transform their health. In 2022 Sarah sold the business and gave everything to charity.

Sarah is an experienced journalist and broadcaster. She was previously the editor of Cosmopolitan Australia at age 29; host of MasterChef Australia; was a News Corp journalist and columnist; and has hosted ABC’s Compass, Ten’s The Project and been a regular panellist and news commentator on Australian, UK and US screens for two decades.

Her New York Times bestseller First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is described by Mark Manson as “the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read” and was featured as a book of the year on NBC’s Today Show. Sarah’s most recent title, This One Wild & Precious Life, won the 2021 US Gold Nautilus Prize.

“Sarah is full of expert advice while remaining grounded and incredibly human. Her vulnerability is her strength.”

Mark Manson / Author
Mark Manson / #1 New York Times bestselling author

Sarah now hosts a thought-leading podcast Wild with Sarah Wilson, is a keynote speaker and advisor to corporations and universities on social media, anxiety and existential risk. Most recently, she guest lectured for the University of Cambridge’s Sustainability and Leadership master’s course and partnered with the Climate Council on a national consumer campaign.

Over her career, Sarah has interviewed two Australian Prime Ministers, Beyonce, Brene Brown, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and dozens of moral philosophers, effective altruists and existential risk experts. Sarah has been variously described as “the climate queen”, “an expert on misinformation” and “f*cking wild” (by Russell Brand) and has been ranked in the top 200 most influential authors in the world (two years in a row).

Sarah now lives between Paris and Sydney, is a foster parent, gamifies her carbon footprint and rides a bike everywhere.

In a “previous life” Sarah was an award-winning journalist and was the youngest opinion columnist in the News Ltd stable (she shared a page in Friday’s edition of The Herald Sun with Andrew Bolt for five years). She “accidentally” became the editor of Cosmopolitan Australia at the age of 29. She had never read the magazine – nor worn makeup or heels – before landing the gig. She was a columnist for a number of national mastheads and magazines for more than 11 years.

Sarah is a philanthropist and minimalist. Her I Quit Sugar digital business was the largest wellness site in Australia and employed 25-plus staff, based out of offices in central Sydney.  In February 2022 she sold off the business and its assets and gave everything to charity. She now donates the money to carefully researched charity projects that target inequality, indigenous issues and the climate crisis. Sarah consumes essentials only, has never owned a handbag, doesn’t own a car and is generally photographed in the same outfits for decades at a time.

Somewhat in paradoxical contrast, Sarah regularly consults to large corporates (admittedly on sustainability issues in the main). She has worked with Woolworths, Blackrock and a major Australian bank in this capacity.

She is an experienced keynote speaker and MC who has presented to the New York Times, Microsoft USA, Google, Apple, the National Press Club in Canberra, National Australia Bank, IKEA, Monash University, RMIT, Harvard University and more.

"Sarah shows us how possible a better world is if we’re willing to roll up our sleeves and get to work building it."

David Pocock / Aus senator
David Pocock / Australian senator & former Australian rugby captain

Sarah is also a globally recognised thought leader and commentator. She has presented on conspiratory theories for the New York Times, The Guardian’s Full Story and ABC’s This Much is True podcast. She has appeared on ABC’s QnA to talk about the anxiety epidemic, was a guest presenter on ABC’s Compass for a special on minimalism and gave an address to the National Press Club in Canberra on resilience. Sarah also guest lectured for the University of Cambridge’s Sustainability and Leadership master’s course.

Sarah released an Audible Originals series into the US market in 2021 titled Make Anxiety Your Superpower.

Sarah now dedicates all her resources to driving a global conversation on sustainability and climate change, living a life of value and hope in a fractured world.

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