Steph­en Walker

Poverty elimination advocate

Steph­en Walker

Poverty elimination advocate

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.