Governance Structure

The Women's Leadership Initiative is overseen and endorsed by a Steering Committee and an Internal Reference Group.

Steering Committee

Hon Ali'imalemanu Alofa Tu'uau
Co-Chair - Samoa
Jo Cowley
Co-Chair, Australia
Teretia Tokam
Jean Martin
Papua New Guinea
Amanda McIntyre
John Jack
Amy Haddad
Beth Delaney


Steering Committee purpose

  • Provide advice on the Initiative's strategic direction
  • Monitor the performance of the Initiative against its intended outcomes
  • Review and endorse the Initiative's annual program of activities
  • Monitor risks and propose risk mitigation strategies as appropriate
  • Assist in connecting the Initiative with women leaders in Australia and the region
  • Advocate for women's leadership in the region


Internal Reference Group

The Initiative's Internal Reference Group is comprised of representatives from the Australian Government's Gender Equality, Australia Awards and Scholarships, and Pacific branches. 

The group meets quarterly and facilitates internal coordination and information­ sharing within the Australian Government.