Women leading and influencing



2023 Women’s Developmental Leadership Program participants announced

Tuesday, 3 January 2023

Australia Awards Women Leading and Influencing (WLI) welcomes 29 emerging Pacific women leaders to join the prestigious Women’s Developmental Leadership Program in 2023. 

The successful applicants from seven Pacific Island countries (Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) are Australia Awards scholars who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential.  

Through the program, each participant will be supported to develop their own leadership style, build key leadership skills and behaviours, and develop regional and country-based networks to help drive positive development change in the Pacific.

Our Women’s Developmental Leadership Program participants for 2023 are: 

Asenaca (Ruci) Barauvula Bachelor of Psychological Science, The University of South Australia 
Alomeci Medamaiciba  Master of Midwifery, Charles Darwin University
Melaia Waisale Master of Governance and Public Policy, The University of Queensland
Melissa Kwan Master of Public Policy, The Australian National University
Kritika Kumar Master of Nursing Science, The University of Adelaide 
Sereima Dibula Koli Master of Environmental Engineering, Griffith University 
Siteri Kamikamica  Master of Laws, The University of Melbourne 
Taina Waqaliva  Master of Food Science, The University of Melbourne 
Vasenai Sakalai  Master of Midwifery Studies, The University of Newcastle
Victoria Hnanguie  Master of Environmental Management, The University of Queensland 
Constantina Depaune  Bachelor of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology
Papua New Guinea 
Beautlyn Eliab  Master of International Community Development, Victoria University 
Cecilia Watmelik Master of Information Systems, Central Queensland University 
Cherolyn Pokawin Polomon PhD, Health Nursing and Midwifery, University of Technology Sydney
Erita Yawi  PhD, Education, Victoria University 
Kurande Kupeng  Master of Public Health; Master of Business Administration, James Cook University 
Maria John Master of Disability Policy and Practice, Flinders University 
Maryanne Maga Master of Midwifery, The University of Newcastle 
Melinda Matanu  Master of Global Health; Master of Health Leadership and Management, The University of New South Wales
Ruth Javati  Bachelor of Human Services, Queensland University of Technology
Sophia Tuna  Bachelor of Sport Management, Victoria University 
Susan Aipit  Master of Public Health, James Cook University
Teisi Kalamo  Master of Applied Anthropology and Development, The Australian National University
Solomon Islands 
Koisau Sade  Bachelors of Arts and Social Science, The University of Queensland
Lanique Pitasua  Master of Public Health, The Australian National University
Daisy Rose Sipiti  Bachelor of Business, Victora University
Debbie Fred  Master of Public Health; Master of Business Administration, James Cook University
Melissa Velvel Fare Bachelor of International Relations and Political Science; Bachelor of Business Management (International Business), Flinders University
Teresa Lifuka-Drecala Master of Law and Development, The University of Melbourne

Sincere thanks to all those scholars who applied for the WDLP. We encourage all unsuccessful applicants to re-apply for the 2024 Women’s Developmental Leadership Program (in late 2023) and to keep an eye out for the upcoming LeadershipConnect online program, starting in March.

Further information will be provided soon.