Desert Leaders developing Pacific Leaders

An intercultural leadership framework developed in Alice Springs will be exported to the Pacific this week when Desert Knowledge Australia CEO, John Huigen and Desert Knowledge Australia Leadership Development Mentor, John van Geldermalsen present at the Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue (EPLD) in Samoa.

Desert Knowledge Australia CEO, John Huigen said "I am thrilled to be invited to share our unique desert leadership ideas and intercultural leadership tools with participants in the Pacific"

The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue in an intensive and intellectually demanding program that brings together 120 individuals to examine, discuss and report on current strategic issues across the Pacific.

"Desert Leadership is relevant because there are amazing parallels between desert and pacific regions; isolated communities; high transport costs; distance from markets and decision-making; high levels of indigenous knowledge and traditional lifestyles"

The EPLD has three stages. All participants convene in Samoa for opening plenary sessions. The group then splits into 10 study tours to 10 different locations throughout the Pacific before reconvening in Tonga for closing plenary sessions.

"This is also a fantastic opportunity to build international networks and links with other leadership programs whilst generating income to further develop our national leadership programs."

Desert Knowledge Australia is hosting the Australian study tour group for a three day program in Alice Springs focusing on the key challenges confronting those in positions of leadership and influence. The emphasis will be on teamwork and personal interaction, as participants negotiate, communicate and learn in an intense and challenging new environment.

The Northern Territory will also be represented by Australian Army Captain Mark Pearson, a participant on the study tour to Kiribati.

The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue includes participants from American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Media contact: Rebecca Farrell, 0418 210 981