Ms Penny Burtt

Head of Public Affairs and External Relations for Southeast Asia, McKinsery & Company

Penny Burtt is Head of Public Affairs and External Relations for Southeast Asia with the global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining McKinsey, she was a senior diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

She most recently served as Deputy High Commissioner at the Australian High Commission in Singapore, and previously represented Australia at a senior level as Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asia and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. Penny’s areas of expertise include international relations, government affairs, communication, policy analysis and development. Having lived and worked in Asia for many years, Penny is passionate about making a contribution to the community.

Over the past five years, she has worked closely with the Singapore Social Innovation Park (SIP),an incubator for social enterprises. In 2011, she chaired the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) annual Corporate and Public Sector Volunteerism and Philanthropy Awards. An arts enthusiast, she also sits on the Board of Singapore’s independent arts center, The Substation and actively promotes arts collaboration between Australia and Asia.

As a career woman and mother, Penny has been an energetic contributor to women’s initiatives in Singapore. She led the Australian High Commission’s efforts to mark International Women’s Day and raise funds for UNIFEM. She has been a strong supporter of efforts to enhance women’s leadership potential across the community, speaking frequently on women’s career issues and actively mentoring younger women. At McKinsey, she has been closely involved in the inaugural “Women Matter” report for Asia and a strong advocate of the value of gender diversity on boards.

Penny holds degrees in Economics and International Relations from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.