Catalyst Staff

John Whalen

Director, Catalyst Europe

As Senior Director, Global Partnerships, John Whalen is responsible for Catalyst’s partnership strategy outside of the U.S., Canada and Europe, expanding Catalyst’s
impact and reach through developing and sustaining a portfolio of global partnerships with strategically selected organizations. As a Relationship Manager, John works alongside a number of global organisations, helping them to identify and solve some of their
most complex and important people issues, and supports their initiatives to create and sustain more diverse, inclusive, and flexible workplaces.

John is also a frequent facilitator and speaker on a range of topics, including MARC, engaging men, inclusive leadership and Employee Resource Groups.

Through his 19 year career in the Learning & Development and Conference & Event sectors, John has partnered with clients on strategy, leadership & culture, with a
particular focus in the areas of diversity & inclusion, career, employee engagement, and leadership/team/organisational development.

John was born and raised in New Zealand to an Irish mother and American father, and has worked and lived in New Zealand, Tokyo and London, bringing a wealth of global
experience to Catalyst.

John is based in London, where he lives with his fiancé and daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, collecting vinyl, film and traveling.