Penny Burtt


Penny Burtt

Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Asia Pacific,

Visa Worldwide Pte Ltd

Penny Burtt is Vice-President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific with global payments company, Visa. She oversees the company’s engagement and partnerships with governments and regulators across the region, leading a group of government relations professionals. She serves on the company’s Asia Pacific executive leadership team.


Prior to joining Visa, Penny was Director of Public Affairs, External Relations and Head of Client Service Risk, Asia, with global management consultancy, McKinsey & Company. She led McKinsey’s government relations, public affairs, reputation building, communications and risk efforts across Asia. She worked with the firm’s Public Sector Practice, establishing the McKinsey Centre for Government in Asia and the McKinsey Innovation Campus in Singapore, and serving public sector clients on transformation and innovation-related projects. She was a member of the McKinsey global Risk and Communications leadership teams. A frequent contributor to McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) publications, Penny co-authored the Institute’s 2014 report “Southeast Asia at the Crossroads”.


Penny joined McKinsey from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. In the course of her diplomatic career, Penny represented Australia at a senior level in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and at the United Nations in Geneva and New York. She also served as Assistant Secretary Southeast Asia and as an adviser to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. She has deep foreign and trade policy expertise, with a career focus on Asia.


With a strong personal commitment to the community sector, Penny sits on the boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations, including the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Singapore Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Penny also sits on the Board of the U.S. National Center for APEC and the Advisory Council of AsiaLink Business in Australia. She is a senior fellow of the Singapore Social Innovation Park (SIP).