Sabiene has legal and business qualifications with senior leadership experience in law, management, stakeholder and consumer engagement across government, industry and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and overseas. She has a “beyond business” Executive MBA from Brown University and IE Business School in Spain.
Her career spans over 15 years, initially in legal practice with Allens Linklaters where she was involved in the privatisation of electricity assets in SA with particular focus on competition and regulatory issues. She went on to specialise in new technologies, intellectual property, competition and consumers laws, working at the European Commission in Belgium and the United Nations in Switzerland. Leading Music Rights Australia for over 6 years, she was heavily involved in lobbying, educational initiatives and intellectual property protection for 2,000+ industry members. At the National Broadband Network, she managed Stakeholder Relations where she both formulated and implemented sophisticated stakeholder engagement strategies involving the telecommunications industry, consumers, small businesses, education and government. Most recently, she led Strategic Engagement for Energy Consumers Australia.
With a strong interest in culture change and innovation, Sabiene has written over 50 publications with emphasis on emerging technologies and better consumer outcomes. She also is a non-executive director on several boards involved in the arts and education.