2020 University of Wollongong Humanitarian Lecture

Kate Sutton is a leading contributor to the humanitarian sector in Australia and the region. She has spent over twenty years in operational and leadership roles in international organisations, including eight years field-based in humanitarian contexts. Kate has a specialist interest in humanitarian protection and displacement, and technical expertise in research, evaluations, training and facilitation. Her in country experience includes long term positions in Albania, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and Timor Leste and short term assignments to responses in Sri Lanka, Kenya and Indonesia. Since 2012 Kate has been based in Melbourne as a founding Director of Humanitarian Advisory Group. Kate has authored technical guidance documents for protection including Minimum Inter-agency Standards for Protection Mainstreaming (2012), the Global Protection Cluster Training Package on Protection Mainstreaming (2014). She is currently the co-author for the revision of the protection chapter of the Sphere Handbook.

Kate has recently undertaken evaluations of Australia’s humanitarian assistance in Syria and Vanuatu and is currently completing an evaluation of Australia’s humanitarian assistance to Myanmar. Kate was selected as one of Australia’s top 100 Women of Influence in 2015 and has also recently published work on women in humanitarian leadership – an area of personal interest that has prompted reflection and writing on what makes great women leaders including published writing in the Australian Financial Review. Kate has a Master of Human Rights Law and a Master of International Development.

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