I was born and raised in the small town of Madang, in a neighbourhood that may be likened to Brooklyn NY. Where violence, drugs, alcohol, prostitution and poverty was normal. I was blessed with a strong-visionary mum who introduced me to a great escape from the grey world that surrounded us, and it fast became something I’m deeply passionate about, books. Between the pages I learnt of worlds far away that were so colourful and the grey past that they had. I read about fictional and real heroes/heroines – great leaders. I remember thinking to myself, I want to be courageous and compassionate like them, I want to help make this world a little better. This has led me to work with amazing organisations like The Voice Inc(PNG) ,Oaktree (Aus), volunteer with PNG Cancer Foundation, serve as a Student Leader with UPNG Students Services and assisting to facilitate Small Business development Trainings with Social Impact Consultancy (PNG) in the Finschhafen district of Morose Province. I am currently employed by the firm as a graduate consultant and Small Business Development Training facilitator.
In my final year of studies at the University of Papua New Guinea studying Banking & Finance (2015) I was awarded the Archer Leadership Scholarship. The vast range of experiences and people that the scholarship exposed me to has further reiterated that passion of being an agent of change. I realise now more than ever that change starts with me. That to lead means to serve. To be passionate and compassionate and to just do right. In Papua New Guinea that isn’t always easy, but I’m a believer that small things always count. As Vincent Van Gogh said, great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Leadership is more than articulate speeches and community projects. I think it’s about heart and influence.
To fellow young Papua New Guinean leaders; being recognised as a young leader is already such a powerful tool, you have the privilege and capacity to influence and inspire others around you with your speech, actions and posts on social media. Will you do right or say this is not my fight? Will you shine or add another shade of grey? I hope you shine. Wherever you are. Doing whatever you’re doing. Know that you’re important. That you’re building a better future for generations to come. And one day, when PNG is bursting with colours, you can say you helped to paint over a once grey area, even if it was just a spot.