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Kate Munari Travels from Canberra, ACT

Kate Munari


  • Achievements
  • Leadership
  • Military
  • Team Building

Kate grew up in Sydney and joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 18 through the Australian Defence Force Academy, ADFA, completing a Bachelor of Science degree. Qualifying as a helicopter pilot in 2006, her skill and dedication to flying, lead to her being selected for a four and a half year posting to the Royal Navy, UK. There Kate flew as part of Commando Helicopter Force, CHF, who fly in support of the Royal Marine Commandos.

Kate served in Afghanistan three times as part of CHF, flying day and night, in all weather conditions as aircraft captain and formation commander, leading teams in some of the toughest conditions any workplace can present. On several occasions Kate’s aircraft came under enemy fire and she was responsible for making the tough decisions as to what to do in those critical moments.

Also during her time in the UK, Kate was chosen to be the Officer in Charge of the Royal Australian Navy’s vessel which escorted the Royal barge during the Diamond Jubilee river pageant for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. In 2011 His Royal Highness Prince Charles presented Kate with the British Afghanistan campaign medal at Clarence House in London.

On return to Australia, Kate was selected to study at the Australian Defence Force’s Capability and Technology Management College, graduating with a Masters in 2013. Returning to flying in 2014, Kate was a Flight Commander flying the MRH90 helicopter at sea on HMAS Canberra, one of Australia’s newest ships followed by her final posting in the Navy as the Operations Officer at 808 Squadron.

Kate has recently retired from the Royal Australian Navy after 17 years of service and has started a new career as an Air Accident Investigator.    

Kate is also a motivational speaker who is keen to share her experiences with others. Kate will inspire and motivate audiences to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.


As MC at a recent industry summit I had the pleasure of hearing Kate Munari speak. Kate's style is personable and energetic, making her a very engaging speaker. Kate had clearly understood the brief on the Summit's theme and the audience as her presentation was perfectly pitched and resonated with many. Following Kate's session I had a number of attendees comment on how much they enjoyed it. I also noticed that Kate actively engaged with attendees during breaks. I have no hesitation in commending Kate Munari as a competent, genuine and passionate speaker capable of engaging a diverse audience.

Executive Consultant

Kate’s story is unique, fascinating, inspirational and suited to any audience! Her journey of leadership and achievement in some of the toughest environments and most challenging situations ensures attendees full engagement. Kate was great to work with and extremely professional at the event and in the lead up, with thorough communication and preparation.

Aerospace Australia

Kate gave a compelling presentation of her incredibly interesting and professional aviation career to date. The photographs in her power point presentation, taken during her military service, are outstanding. The audience was left with nothing but admiration for her abilities and approach to life.

Regional Aviation Association Of Australia


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