Sarah Barratt Ball

Co-Site Lead and Director, CDL-Oxford

Sarah Barratt Ball is the Director of the Creative Destruction Lab at Oxford. Sarah has a senior executive background of 27 years in finance. After 15 years working for investment banks in London, San Francisco and New York, she left Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director, to join hedge fund Trafelet & Company as a Partner, with responsibility for marketing and client service. Responding to the financial crisis of 2008, Sarah co-founded Oakpoint Advisors in New York, a 20-person hedge fund consultancy business. Since moving back to the UK, Sarah has spent the last decade developing Shearwater Partners, a business she founded to work with global pension funds on the topic of financing leveraged hedge fund portfolios, as well as advising incubating hedge funds. Over this period she has served on the advisory committee of a global FinTech startup, on the investment committee of the 150 year old charity Girls Friendly Society and as an angel investor in a successful social media company. Sarah has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Exeter.