Cathy Burke

Global Leader of Partnerships, The Hunger Project

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

As  CEO  of  The  Hunger  Project  Australia  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  
right  now  
to  heal  our  world.  This  is  as  releva
nt  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?  Cat
hy  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  com
Cathy  has  received  numerous  accolades  for  her  work  on  leadership,
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  organisat
Prior  to  working  at  The  Hunger  Project,  Catherine  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  

Speaker’s event

The Hunger Project's Vision to Action Workshop

Hunger Project's Vision to Action Workshop
City and Surrounds
28 May, 01:00 pm - 05:30 pm