Women leading and influencing

Elizabeth and Robyn

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Elizabeth (Bakri) Dumu

Papua New Guinea
Doctor of Philosophy (Social Science) (alumni)
Curtin University, WA

Elizabeth has a background in finance, banking and business information systems, and has worked for the Bank of the South Pacific for 15 years. Her experiences have led her to undertake a doctorate that looks into the mobile phone usage of PNG’s smallholder farmers, and how mobile phones could be used to improve farmers’ livelihood options. Following her studies, Elizabeth will investigate how PNG banking services can better respond to the needs of the country’s rural women so that these women can be included in the formal financial sector and improve their livelihoods, status and quality of life.

Elizabeth also is a youth leader and Sunday School teacher, and has coached and mentored young professionals.

Robyn Cornford

Financial Inclusion and Gender Specialist, QLD / Papua New Guinea

Robyn is the Director of Financial Inclusion and Gender at the international consulting firm, Microfinance Services, and she currently is based in Port Moresby. She is a chartered accountant and financial analyst by training and experience.

Her work has focused specifically on poverty reduction, micro- and rural finance, financial management and organisational systems, project evaluation, training, gender, financial inclusion, financial literacy and livelihoods. She has worked for the ADB, DFAT (formerly AusAID), IFC, FAO, IDLO, governments, private companies and a variety of international and local NGOs. Robyn also has over 30 years of experience in accounting, financial management and analysis, organisational review and business operations.