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Cathy Burke is an influential global thinker, speaker and educator on transformative leadership and human potential.


Cathy spent two decades travelling to villages across South Asia and Africa in her work to end hunger, as Global Vice President at The Hunger Project, and before that CEO of The Hunger Project Australia. The women and men she met have given her enduring lessons in life and leadership. From this experience Cathy authored Unlikely Leaders: Lessons in Leadership from the Village Classroom. If illiteracy, poverty, and malnutrition are no barriers to affecting visionary change, then what are we all truly capable of as leaders?

Cathy’s perspective on human potential is surprising and profound.  She believes 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 this.
Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe
Speciosa Wandira Kazibwe
(UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa)

I have known Cathy for many years, and what Cathy Burke has to say should be listened to.
Cathy easily and meaningfully connects with people. Her understanding of hunger and poverty and the subsequent leadership she has taken is based in her belief that all people are the same but conditioned differently. No wonder she treats all with dignity and respect be it a village woman or Vice President. The resources that Cathy has mobilized around the world to end hunger are visible and impressive. As a woman leader from Africa, I'm proud to be her partner.

David Gonski
David Gonski
(Chair of ANZ Bank, Vice Chancellor UNSW)

Cathy is a person of enormous courage, energy and devotion. She is a person of very high integrity and I hold her in enormous esteem.

Michael Rennie
Michael Rennie
(Global Leader, Organisation Practice, McKinsey and Co)

Cathy’s grasp on leadership and her ability to translate that into action is incredibly impressive. She is a brilliant communicator. She has that rare ability to connect with all people, be they CEO’s, Heads of State or a poor farm worker in a village in a way that has everyone feeling all the better for having met her.

Sandra Sully
Sandra Sully
(Ten Network)

CathyBurke is one of life’s gems.Her insights, leadership and genuine charm offensive are so contagious, one can’t help but be engaged and inspired on so many levels.Cathy shares a universal dream to end hunger around the world, but what sets her apart is her innovative approach and dogged determination to effect change.Her passion, enthusiasm and generous spirit enable all who come in contact with the Hunger Project, eager to jump onboard.

Jo Horgan
Jo Horgan
(Mecca Cosmetica Founder and CEO)

CathyBurke is such an innovative thinker and a passionate agitator for change in the world –and she does it with enormous heart, insightful vision, and an infectious sense of humour. I find her unwavering commitment to the empowerment of women and the way she engages others to inspire change incredibly positive and powerful. Her work for The Hunger Project has moved everyone at Mecca, and we’re so proud to be supporting an initiative that’s so committed to helping women change their present and their future.

Alison Watkins
Alison Watkins
(CEO Cocoa Cola Amatil Australia)

I remember very clearly the impact Cathy first made on me at what I thought would be another routine business breakfast. I saw her understanding of the drive of women to create a better future for their children and their resourcefulness in making it happen. I also saw her recognition of the importance of helping communities envision and create their own future. Cathy has made the work of The Hunger Project relevant and inspiring.

Belinda Hutchinson AM
Belinda Hutchinson AM
Chancellor, Sydney University

Cathy has something unique and important to say. Her perspective, based on the unusual life she has led, is innovative and refreshing. Cathy has the ability to have everyone feel uplifted, inspired and engaged.

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