Coordinating Ambassadors - Australia & New Zealand and Pacific Island Nations

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Coordinating Regions:

ANZ: Australia, New Zealand

Pacific Island Nations: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

 

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Coordinating Ambassadors

Australia and New Zealand

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Kate Crowhurst

Canberra, Australia

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Kate is a financial educator who is on a mission to ensure more people can access financial education in order to enjoy greater financial wellbeing. She launched Money Bites in 2019 after attending the One Young World summit as a financial education platform. A former high school teacher, Kate studied financial literacy and has worked on national programs including most recently launching a free introductory program in Australia to reduce barriers to accessing financial literacy in schools. Her efforts in advocating for financial literacy education saw her recognised with a place on the Forbes 30 under 30 and was nominated as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation of Young Australians.

Australia and New Zealand

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Demetria Chelepy

Sydney, Australia

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I am a Senior Manager of Customer Complaints Governance with the Westpac Group. Prior to joining Westpac in 2014, I worked for a boutique law firm focussing on franchise and contract law. I have held a variety of roles within the Westpac Group, including roles in compliance and framework governance development and implementation across wealth products and complaints. I hold a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Bond University, as well as a Masters of Development Studies from the University of New South Wales.

I am currently supporting the Aminata Maternal Foundation with governance policies and frameworks and in the process of being appointed their current company secretary. I am the current Company Secretary for the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, who raise funds for healthcare services on behalf of The Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick. I have held the position of National Co-Chair of The Youth Network (2019-2020) - Westpac’s employee action group focussed on educating, engaging and empowering the youth of the organisation and community, and also sat Circuit Committee for the Financial Services Council at Westpac’s representative. I am currently participating in the 2021 Westpac Board Observership Program, an internal leadership development program, where I will be observing the board operations of an organisation focussed on mental wellbeing programs in young adults.

Pacific Island Nations

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Lavau Kwalam Nalu

Washington, DC

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Lavau Nalu is a (blak) multi-disciplinary storyteller, humanitarian and medical doctor with a keen interest in global health and social justice. Recognized as a leader in the Pacific, Lavau has been involved in innumerable health projects, selflessly devoting his time to improve health outcomes. At present, Lavau work as a youth health educator & executive team member for the PNG Health Project, an organization dedicated to improving health literacy in PNG. Simultaneously, he serves as the PNG-Australian Liaison & Cultural Advisor to the Bush Dokta Initiative Project Yumi, an Australian charity getting essential medical resources to rural Papua New Guinea. He was awarded a 2021 Kokoda Track Foundation Archers Leadership Award for his work in public health in Papua New Guinea.

Beyond the realms of Medicine, Nalu co-founded and curates archiveples - a digital media project that renegotiates the visual narrative and external perception of Papua New Guinea, by documenting visual stories of PNG shared by Papua New Guineans themselves, hereby taking control of the gaze, navigating colonial histories and false assumptions about PNG and the larger Melanesian community.

Pacific Island Nations

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Tabotabo Auatabu

Tarawa, Kiribati

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Tabotabo worked as a counsellor in a secondary school right after studying law and psychology at the university. He was an advocate of positive parenting and counselling and conducted workshops for teachers, health professionals and women’s associations. He believes in the crucial importance of young people having an education and seeks to end violence against children. Few years back, he worked closely with the country’s Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Women, Youth and Social Affairs to implement programmes in the community. Since his passion lies in child protection and human rights, he recently joined the Office of the Attorney General and become a Senior Prosecutor.

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