Dr Kate Harrison Brennan

    Kate is the CEO of a 127 year old Christian women's foundation in Sydney, Australia, called Anglican Deaconess Ministries. Kate is passionate about leading teams to be courageous and innovate, co-creating with those who are vulnerable and excluded.


    Kate studied international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and spent the last year of her doctoral studies in politics at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton on a visiting fellowship. Her doctoral thesis examined the impact of social accountability in a World Bank grant to Ethiopia on vulnerable people's access to healthcare. Kate also holds a BA (Hons. I) / LLB (Hons. I) from the University of Sydney. She was Young Australian of the Year for NSW in 2006.


    Kate returned home to Australia from New York, where she had been Director of Global Affairs and Strategic Communications at the Australian Consulate-General, to be Advisor to Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Subsequently, she founded Global & Smart as a digital storytelling platform and agency for 'the story behind the good'- products made responsibly and sustainably.


    Her edited volume, Making Global Institutions Work, was published by Routledge in September 2014. She has been a guest lecturer in New York, Melbourne, and Sydney, and continues to speak regularly. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, TechCrunch, and ABC Religion & Ethics and she has been an Advisor to Christianity Today Women. She currently serves on the Board of the Bible Society Australia.


    Kate loves all sports involving water, as well as painting with watercolours.