Cabinet has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.
A press release issued on Wednesday afternoon confirms overseas based Loau Donina Tili Vaa as the new head of the Social Development Ministry.
“From a field of 5 applicants, Cabinet at its meeting today endorsed the Selection Panel’s recommendation to appoint Loau Donina Tili Vaa..”
“Loau brings a wealth of experience in social work and people engagement from her previous employment in Australia and New Zealand.”
“A Masters of Social Policy and Public Administration holder from the University of the South Pacific, (2004) Loau’s academic achievements includes a Bachelor of Arts, Literature Language –Population 1994.”
“With her on the job experience abroad and on the local front coupled by her academic qualifications, Loau is described by the panel as academically qualified.”
“Her job experience is diverse and relevant to the work of the Ministry.”
Loau is described by the Global Diaspora Confederation as a seasoned professional, who advocates for gender, faith, and cultural causes with over two decades of impactful leadership in CALD and Pacific Islander communities.
“Her adept management of significant budgets at the Department of Family & Community Services and Muslim Women Australia drives substantial societal change.”
“Recognized with the Lead Practitioner Specialist Homelessness Award from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Loau was a pivotal force behind the Youth Partnership and the acclaimed Pacific Island Mt Druitt Action Network, recipient of the NSW Premier’s Public Sector Gold Award for Social Justice.”
“Her dedication to women’s leadership and inclusive values is evident in her seamless integration of Pacific heritage, showcasing her influential global vision”.
“Initiating the Pacific Women’s Professional Business Network Inc and inspiring the Young Pacific Women’s Collective, Loau’s mantra of “a million droplets of water creating an ocean of change” led to the formation of the CORE Pacific Collective, a groundbreaking alliance of key Pacific organizations in NSW, Australia.”
“As a heart-centered strategist, her global consultancy with UNICEF and FAO highlights expertise in culturally sensitive methodologies.”
Loau’s appointment with the Ministry of Women is for three years.