Peter Walton is the Chief Executive Office of CARE Australia, joining in January 2020. He has twenty eight years of international experience seeking better outcomes in both international development and humanitarian activities. During his career he has undertaken assignments in over 50 countries, including being based for seven years in Vietnam where he was the Regional Representative for operations across the Mekong region for ChildFund Australia. During this time he was awarded the Vietnam Government’s Medal for Peace and Friendship, the highest award offered to foreigners for services towards social development and poverty alleviation.
Peter has held a number of senior roles in the humanitarian / development sector including international director with Save the Children Australia and Chief Executive of an enterprise that uses technology in support of social impact and social justice. Immediately prior to joining CARE Australia, Peter was the International Director with Australian Red Cross and led a transformation of its approach to better equip the organisation to maximise its impact and evolve in a rapidly changing environment.
Peter is a lead advocate for reform in the sector and ensuring that aid is genuinely locally-led. He has a strong interest in appropriate innovation and new forms of partnership and humanitarian financing. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Development and Politics), a Master of Science (MSc) in Development Economics and an MBA. He has also completed the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program as the Said Business School at the University of Oxford.