New Global Leader of Partnerships

January 17, 2016

We’re excited to announce that Cathy Burke, CEO of The Hunger Project-Australia, will join The Hunger Project’s global team as Global Leader, Partnerships. In this role Cathy will focus on building key partnerships and creating collaboration opportunities with international leaders, entrepreneurs and corporations.

Under Cathy’s leadership for the last 18 years, 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.

In making the announcement, Global President & CEO Åsa Skogström Feldt noted her excitement about the “enormous potential of unleashing Cathy’s capacity and leadership in this area with partners around the world.”

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.

“This is an opportunity to engage people throughout the world – from entrepreneurs to global corporations – and build the strategic partnerships that are needed for us all to be part of ending hunger by 2030,” Cathy shared.

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

“I’m privileged for the opportunity to serve in a more global capacity as the world gears up for ending hunger by 2030. What an incredible human endeavour that will be when we achieve this milestone! I’m excited to create global connections and partnerships for The Hunger Project to ensure we give this our best shot at succeeding,” Cathy said.

Search firm The Insight Group is leading the executive search for the role of CEO of The Hunger Project-Australia.