Kate Harrison Brennan is the CEO of Anglican Deaconess Ministries, which raises up women with theological formation for practical and public engagement. She 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. She then 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, Brennan founded Global & Smart as a digital storytelling platform and agency for 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 has tutored law, politics, and international development. Kate and her husband are part of St George’s Anglican Church in Sydney’s Paddington.