Women leading and influencing

Della and Dallas

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Della Siomia Savaiinaea

Master of Environmental Management
The University of Queensland, QLD

Della is passionate about environmental planning and impact assessment, having worked at Samoa’s Planning and Urban Management Agency for eight years. In her role, she has seen a steady growth of development projects that in her view lack the connection between community and developer, and has pursued studies so that she can become the link between the two.

Della is positive that her studies in planning and GIS, coupled with skills and networks gained via the Women’s Leadership Initiative, will help her to be a strong yet compassionate professional working to improve environmental and development planning services in Samoa. She looks forward to facilitating the planning process and empowering the community so that they have a stronger voice in decision-making. 

Dallas Dowsett

Head, International Development, UQ Global Engagement
and Entrepreneurship, The University of Queensland, QLD

Dallas is a respected executive and leader of government, education and private sector organisations.

Currently Dallas is overseeing the expansion of UQ’s international footprint and activities. She leads a team of development professionals and project managers to identify new business opportunities in international development program design and implementation. Dallas also oversees project and program delivery for clients across the Pacific, Africa, South and West Asia, South East Asia, North Asia and the Americas.

Dallas is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors. She has wide ranging experience in governance, strategic planning and implementation, commercial operations, business development and change management in Australia and internationally.