As CEO for The Hunger Project Australia (now Global Leader of Partnerships for The Hunger Project) for nearly two decades, it has been Cathy Burke’s privilege to travel extensively across the villages of Africa and South Asia in her work of ending hunger. She has been profoundly changed by what she has experienced. The women and men she has met have given her the most enduring lessons in life and leadership.
Cathy’s perspective on leadership is surprising and profound. We have what it takes – right now – to heal our world. This is as relevant for a work culture, a family dynamic and personal change. If illiteracy, poverty, malnutrition are not a barrier to affecting visionary change, then what are we truly capable of? How can we connect across the world and support each other as leaders? Cathy writes, speaks, and leads workshops globally on these questions around transformational leadership. She is honest, real, and very human. She offers a way for us to step into the power we each have to make a difference in our lives, organisations and community.
Cathy has received numerous accolades for her work on leadership, including winning the prestigious 2014 Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.
She also holds a number of senior leadership roles within the organisation globally. Prior to working at The Hunger Project, Cathy worked in her own business, and in Federal politics as a Senate campaign manager, lobbyist and policy strategist.
Cathy's first book, Unlikely Leaders: Lessons in Leadership from the Village Classroom, was published in 2015 and is available at select bookshops or online at www.cathyburke.com