Stephen Walker’s unique experience in seeing global poverty up close has motivated him to make a difference in a very different way.
After a lengthy career working in the government aid sector, Stephen Walker decided it was time to do more to help those less fortunate than he. Now, Stephen and his family give a significant portion of their net income to hand-selected poverty elimination projects, and he wants the TEDxCanberra audience to do the same.
During his 24 years in the Australian Public Sector, Stephen worked as the head of human resources for the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
Prior to discovering the world of human resources, Stephen was a program manager in AusAID where he experienced first hand the impact of global poverty.
Through his work, Stephen has journeyed to more than a dozen developing nations and spent three years in Bangkok where he served as Australia’s senior aid officer at the Australian Embassy.
Stephen was awarded the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal for his role in coordinating and supporting efforts in Thailand following the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Whilst he still doesn’t know what he wants to do when he grows up, Stephen’s next adventure is through the launch of Australia’s first chapter of Giving What We Can, an international society dedicated to eliminating poverty in the developing world.