Sarah Outen MBE was born in Wegberg, Germany. Raised in the United Kingdom, she is a biology graduate of St. Hugh's College, Oxford. In 2009, she became the first woman and the youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean. In 2011, she was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to rowing, conservation and charity. In 2015, travelling by rowing boat, bicycle and kayak, Outen completed a four-and-a-half-year, round-the-world-journey. She is a supporter of The Adventure Syndicate, CoppaFeel!, Inspire+, YHA, Youth Adventure Trust and Jubilee Sailing Trust.