Anita Sands

Anita Sands

Dr Anita Sands,  Tech | Director | Speaker

Anita Sands is a U.S. based board-director, author, advisor and speaker who currently serves as the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University.

A former Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Management as well as a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics.

Anita spent ten years in financial services in Canada and the U.S. becoming the Chief Operating Officer of UBS Wealth Management Americas by age 33. She now pursues a portfolio career serving on the board of directors of three public companies—ServiceNow, iStar and Pure Storage—and two private companies, ThoughtWorks and NuBank. She is also a regular contributor to in the areas of leadership and strategy. As a partner at Propel Performance Group, she advises organizations and leaders around the world on how to thrive in conditions uncertainty and continuous disruption.

Always in high-demand as an international speaker, Anita is renowned for engaging audiences with her thoughtful, witty and practical insights on the implications of three major trends:

  • Technology’s influence on companies and society
  • Leadership and Strategy in times of Ambiguity and Change
  • Diversity, Inclusion and the power of Belonging

Anita has been honored on many occasions and has been listed as one of the Top 40 under 40; the Wall St. 50; the Silicon Valley 50; as well as the Business 100 by Irish America Magazine. In addition, she received the “Fearless Leader” award from 2020 Women on Boards and was named one of the “Directors to Watch” by Directors & Boards magazine.

She is also proud of the fact that she holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music and is a former national public speaking champion. Hailing originally from Ireland, Anita resides in New Jersey where she and her husband John are parents to toddler Rosie and five wonderful millennials.