Dr Sarah Verdon is a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Sarah specialises in researching children’s speech, language and communication 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 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 consisting of 60 experts in the fields of multilingualism and child speech from 30 different countries to support professional practice with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She oversaw the development of Speech Pathology Australia’s 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.