Susanne Williamson (Australia)

Head of Fundraising, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Susanne has built a career in fundraising and marketing over more than 25 years and has held senior positions at charities including the Heart Foundation, Arts Centre Melbourne, Monash University and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.


During her career, she has helped raise more than $80 million towards medical research, youth and arts charities. In addition to leading successful fundraising teams, Susanne’s focus is securing major gifts by creating compelling cases and delivering high-quality stewardship. Her key achievements include securing one of the largest single gifts to the performing arts ($5M), securing one of the largest corporate gifts for the Reach Foundation ($3M), and almost doubling fundraising revenue at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in just three years.

Susanne is currently Head of Fundraising at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where one of her main responsibilities is overseeing the organisation’s $50 million Centenary major gifts campaign. This campaign received the Fundraising Institute of Australia’s National Excellence Award in 2016.


Susanne is a CFRE, and delivered the FIA’s Certificate of Fundraising in Victoria for three years. She is a board member for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.


More on Susanne’s workshop here