Since 2019, Anke Kurat has headed the Global Justice and Sustainable Development department at the Association of German Development and Humanitarian Aid Non-Governmental Organizations (VENRO) e. V. From January to June 2023, she managed VENRO on an interim basis. She has been working at VENRO since 2002. Initially, she was a policy adviser responsible for the topics of European development policy, climate change and social security. In 2006 she took on the position of deputy managing director. Before working at VENRO, she was responsible for foreign projects in Chile and northeastern Brazil at Kindernothilfe in Duisburg. At the German Red Cross, she was responsible for staff recruitment and deployment to the Balkans and Latin America. Anke Kurat studied Latin American regional studies as well as political science, Spanish and French at the University of Cologne and in Lisbon.