Full Name
Job Title
General Secretary
International Trade Union Confederation
Speaker Bio
Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation,
representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. The
ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defense of workers’ rights and interests, through
international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning, and advocacy within the
major global institutions.

Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan
is a passionate advocate and campaigner for social justice, women’s rights, the environment, and
labour law reforms, and has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and labour rights
campaigns in her home country of Australia and globally. She has also served as a member of the
Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation and is represented on a number of
international commissions concerning climate action, industrial transition, and economic reform.