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Ending hunger by 2030 is an enormous task, but the National Board of The Hunger Project Australia has found the perfect woman for the job, to succeed the long-standing visionary CEO Cathy Burke and further the incredible work she has achieved. Melanie Noden’s vision and aspiration for the organisation will carry The Hunger Project Australia further in their mission with the inspirational team by her side.

Originally from an investment banking background (15 year career with Deutsche Bank in Australia and London and 5 years as a Solicitor with Allens Arthur Robinson), Melanie transitioned to the non-for-profit sector and became the CEO of the Asylum Seekers Centre. During the 4 years with the organisation, she successfully established a sound financial platform at the organisation, through a combination of fundraising, media positioning and lobbying and increased the number of clients served by 500%.

Upon accepting the new role as CEO of THPA, Melanie said, “I am honored to be appointed as the CEO of The Hunger Project Australia. With a unique and holistic approach which empowers people to become agents of their own change.”

Melanie has a huge passion and belief in social justice, equity and the health and well-being of all people and has used her professional skills and qualifications to provide pro bono work for a range of not-for-profit organisations throughout her career.  

“I eagerly look forward to working with a passionate and committed group of colleagues, investors and friends to make further progress in achieving our aim by 2030,” says Melanie.

Cathy Burke, the CEO of The Hunger Project Australia for 18 years, will be moving on to new and exciting opportunities within the organisation in a global capacity. She will be expanding her influence, knowledge and leadership within The Hunger Project by taking on the role of Global Vice President and Global Leader of Partnerships.

“I am so grateful for the many years I have had as CEO at The Hunger Project Australia. I am proud of the organisation that has been built, and the difference it has made to the lives of millions of the poorest people,” says Cathy.

Melanie Noden will commence in her role as the CEO of The Hunger Project Australia on 26 April, 2016.