Kate McKenzie

Kate McKenzie


  • The University of Western Australia (M459), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Kate McKenzie is an MBA qualified relationship manager with more than 20 years of experience in creating partnerships across a broad range of industries. As a student of foreign languages (Japanese, Spanish and French), she developed empathy and interest in the world around her.  During the earlier part of her career in international business and supply chain management she established a strong foundation in customer service excellence, cross-cultural communication, internal and external stakeholder liaison, process improvement, project management and strategic planning. She now applies these skills to building partnerships to support transformational research programs.

Roles and responsibilities

In April 2023 Kate commenced a leadership role in the Major Research Initiatives team in the Office of Research. This small but agile team focuses supporting academic leaders to build and deliver complex, multi partner projects, such as Cooperative Research Centres and ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Training Centres.

Previously, from March 2016 - March 2023, Kate was a key member of the Development and Alumni Relations team at UWA, with a focus on  financial and in-kind support of teaching/learning and research activities, particularly for health related projects. During this time, Kate developed relationships with individuals and organisations, including Trusts and Foundations.

Kate is a proactive network builder who is genuinely interested in engaging with individuals of diverse professions and organisations of all sizes including corporate, entrepreneurial, government and non-profit organisations. 

She welcomes inquiries from academics who are thinking big and seeking to plan future grant applications, as well as industry and community partners who see the value of working together to achieve an ambitious goal.  

Ask Kate how you can  leverage the power of research collaboration to create and disseminate transformational knowledge and discover solutions to industry or societal challenges.


Community engagement

Kate is also  a dedicated volunteer who is inspired by interaction with diverse cultures and the opportunities that others gave her to develop. She has been a member of Rotary for 9 years and is currently a member of the Rotary E-Club of Western Australia (E-WA Rotary). Through Rotary, she hopes to make a positive impact on social issues locally and globally. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Business, Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University


Business, Graduate Diploma of Business, Curtin University


Japanese Studies and Politics, Bachelor of Asian Studies (Honours), Murdoch University


External positions

Board Member (Volunteer), Rotary E-Club of Western Australia

2016 → …

Industry keywords

  • Not for Profit
  • Health
  • Medicine and Pharma
  • Education
  • Social and Welfare Issues
  • Government
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Defence
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Mining and Resources