Cathy Burke

Cathy Burke


Vice President and Global Leader, Partnerships


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Catherine Burke was appointed Vice President and Global Leader, Partnerships in April 2016 after serving as the CEO for The Hunger Project Australia for 18 years. In this role Cathy will focus on building key partnerships and creating collaboration opportunities with international leaders, entrepreneurs and corporations.

Under Cathy’s leadership, The Hunger Project-Australia has become a highly successful and well-regarded organization, known for its ability to meaningfully engage people’s leadership on the issue of ending hunger and poverty.

Cathy, together with The Hunger Project-Australia team, has built partnerships with McKinsey & Company, Commonwealth Bank, Business Chicks, Mecca Cosmetica, Sovereign Insurance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and more. She co-created a program that immerses employees from top tier companies into rural villages to learn about leadership: resilience, strategic thinking and more from community partners The Hunger Project has trained. In 2015, Cathy published a book entitled, Unlikely Leaders: Lessons in Leadership from the Village Classroom which explores this more fully.

As well as spending significant time in the field over her tenure as head of The Hunger Project in Australia, Cathy created the “Rethinking What’s Possible” workshops, now delivered globally to take leadership lessons from the village classroom to corporate leaders, students and more.

Before joining The Hunger Project-Australia as CEO, Cathy was an entrepreneur, and has also worked in politics in a range of capacities.

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