Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). Sharan’s talk will explore how the COVID-19 recovery can strengthen workforce resilience, from the promotion of workers’ rights and interests, to responsible business policies, international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.

Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the ITUC in June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress in Miyazaki (November 2004). She is the first woman to have held any of these positions.

Sharan studied teaching at the University of NSW in 1976 and became an organiser for the NSW Teachers’ Federation based in Bathurst. She was elected Senior Vice-President of the NSW Teachers’ Federation and became President of the Australian Education Union (AEU) in 1992. Between 1995 to 2000, Sharan was Vice-President of Education International from, the international organisation of education unions representing 24 million members worldwide, and in May 2020 she became the second woman to be elected President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). In October 2000, Sharan also became the first woman to be elected President of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions Asia Pacific Region Organisation.

She has also served as a member of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation and a member of the Stakeholder Council of the Global Reporting Initiative.

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Event for: Business professionals and individuals with an interest in Sustainability | Responsible Business | HR | Climate Change


  • Sharan Burrow

    General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Round Tables

  • Our Green Recovery Festival Spotlight Talks will feature a speaker presentation followed by an audience Q&A. These events do not include roundtables.


  • 11:00 - 11:05
    Welcome and introductions
  • 11:05 - 11:30
    Opening presentation by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • 11:30 - 11:55
    Audience Q&A
  • 11:55 - 12:00
    Closing remarks

Venue Details

The Green Recovery Festival events will be hosted online.

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