Thursday, April 26, 2012

BSP has first female board member

Bank of South Pacific yesterday announced the appointment of prominent PNG lawyer Freda Talao as its first female board member since amalgamation of the company in 2002, The National reports.
Freda Talao

Chairman Kostas Constantinou welcomed Talao and Geoffrey John Robb as board members.
Talao, from Siassi Island, Morobe province, holds a law degree from University of PNG, a master’s degree from Bond University, Queensland and is currently undertaking doctoral studies at TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland.
Talao has extensive work experience in the government, private, NGO and development sectors in PNG.
She also chaired in a voluntary capacity, a human Rights NGO ‘Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum’ (ICRAF) for over seven years whilst working for AusAID.
In her capacity as chair of ICRAF, she has represented PNG both locally and internationally on diverse human rights issues.
Talao has previously been on several boards including the Mama Graun Conservation Trust Fund, Liklik Dinau Trust Fund, ICRAF, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), is currently on the National Airports Corporation Board (NAC) and is chair for the newly-established Airports City Development Limited (ACDL).
Talao is also currently a member of the External Stakeholders Advisory Panel (ESAP) to the Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV), which operates the Hidden Valley gold mine in Morobe province.
Robb is a highly-qualified and experienced banker having occupied several senior executive positions including project finance and complex strategic transactions with ANZ Banking Group Ltd and Bank of America.

Geoffrey John Robb
He has a great depth of experience in financial analysis, having been involved in analysing and considering finance for a very wide range of businesses over a long period during his banking career.
As head of Bank of America in Melbourne, he led resource financings with BHP, CRA, Elders Resources, Bougainville Copper and Ok Tedi.
He holds an MBA from the International Management Institute Geneva and Macquarie University and will bring his deep banking experience to the Board.
Robb has travelled extensively in emerging markets and he has walked the Kokoda Track.
He has received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to mountaineering

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