Dr Sarah Verdon specialises in research regarding children’s speech, language and literacy in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts. She is a speech pathologist and early childhood researcher who is passionate about embracing the diversity of children from different cultures, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds and levels of ability to create equal opportunities for all children to have a strong start to life and reach their full potential. Sarah is co-chair of The International Expert Panel on Multilingual Children’s Speech which advocates for professional practice with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She oversaw the development the Speech Pathology Australia national position paper and clinical guidelines for “working in a culturally and linguistically diverse society”. Sarah also applies her research and skills in a volunteer capacity as a director of the Trinh Foundation Australia, an Australian-based international not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to develop speech therapy in Vietnam.