2020 Young Pacific Leaders Conference

Papua New Guinea – U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the 77 leaders from 21 Pacific countries and territories chosen to participate in the 2020 Young Pacific Leaders (YPL) Conference program. All Delegates and Alumni Mentors participating in this program were selected through a competitive application process across the region for leaders ages 25-35. Please see below for the list of the selected 2020 YPL Delegates and Alumni Mentors.

Building on six years of success in collaboration with emerging leaders across the Pacific, the 2020 YPL Conference, set to take place in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in April 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While rescheduled dates have yet to be determined, the program began a virtual 2020 YPL Conference Mini-Mentoring Series on September 30, 2020. Focused on the theme Connectivity, the YPL Conference program, both virtual and in-person, will include discussions led by YPL alumni, experts from the Pacific, and the selected young leaders themselves. The program will aim to foster connections between new YPL delegates and past alumni to further develop the regional network of young leaders, as well as provide the knowledge, skills, and space for collaboration in addressing challenges related to the four YPL program pillars:

  • Civic leadership
  • Environment and resource management
  • Education
  • Economic and social development

The 2020 YPL Conference Delegates and Alumni Mentors:

American Samoa, United States

Casuallen Iulieta Atuatasi
Pemerika Mahuka
Phil Meleisea
Sabrina Suluai, Alumni Mentor

Australia

Mary Maselina Harm
Talei Camellita-Jane Elu
Desiree Amelia Rose Leha Johnson
Keisha Marie Miller
Julian O’Shea
Blake Mervyn Smith-Tatafu
Michael James Bradley Dyer, Alumni Mentor

Commonwealth of The Northern Mariana Islands, United States

Michael Jude Alema Passi Camacho
Victoria Ann Pangelinan Matsunaga

Cook Islands

Raukura Tiare-Taina Ellison
Lisiane Shohanna Messine

Federated States of Micronesia

Jessica Phillip
Shirley Ann S. Pelep

Fiji

Kelvin Steven Anthony
Niumai Kavoa
Faranisese Ratu
Koto Baleicakau Qalo
Akshay Avinash Deo
Vinitesh Kumar
Rinesh Sharma
Abdul Mufeez Shaheed, Alumni Mentor

French Polynesia, France

Agnès Delrieu
Jennifer Michelle Vehia Wheeler

Guam, United States

Jennifer Weir
Jesse John Quenga
Moneka Isabel De Oro, Alumni Mentor

Hawaii, United States

Ian Tapu
Chantrelle Ann Melenani Waialae Waialae

Kiribati

Tareere Kaitara
Taua Ritiata, Alumni Mentor

Nauru

Ojay Stephen

New Zealand

Bradley Watson
Emily-Anne Liliani Ruby Manitisa Muli
Waimirirangi Hazeline Koopu Ormsby
Kera May Sherwood-O’regan
Teina Atama Piripi Wells-Smith
Honor Eimi Columbus
Bradleigh Cherrington, Alumni Mentor
Natalia Luamaunesa Fareti, Alumni Mentor
Ayla Hoeta, Alumni Mentor

Niue

Winona Grace Rita Ngaro
Rhonda Linaone Tiakia

Palau

Dirremeang Miah Ngiraingas

Papua New Guinea

Eleanor Ukou Maineke
Jetta Caleb
Theresa Bomai Inika Meki
Junior Naiville Pori
Yolarnie Amepou
Vanessa Paraka
Brenda Andrias
Martin Nakara
Merie Dada Unagi
Samson Branic Kandata
Peniel Kabilo
Melissa Joy Watapi, Alumni Mentor

Republic of The Marshall Islands

Shem Livai

Samoa

Atitoafaiga Tau
Dannicah Larnora Marie Therese Chan
Mina Seumanu
Petronilla Satui Tesol Molioo
Christine Leutu Retisia Tuioti Mariner, Alumni Mentor

Solomon Islands

Gregory Dime
Millicent Barty
Sharon Inone
Samson Waqalevu Maomasui Alasia Lidimani
Korolyn Zutu
Anna Annie Kwai, Alumni Mentor

Tonga

Aulola Silua Toomeilangi Ake

Tuvalu

Teresa Winnie Vasiti Drecala
Tala Simeti

Vanuatu

Anna Wilson
Gaetano Kalopong
Albert Willy