This week, twenty-three of Samoa’s emerging leaders will begin their journey of discovery of what makes a good leader within the Samoan context.
Now into its sixth year of operation, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielelegaoi will launch the programme and welcome the new intakes.
This will follow opening comments from Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford.
Participants in this year’s program have been drawn from a range of ministries and organisations in the private sector.
“We congratulate them on their selection to the program,” a statement from the Programme said.
“The Leadership Samoa program is a wide-ranging program that spans government, private enterprise and community organisations across all sectors of Samoa’s economy.
“It is a ten month program providing high level professional training to emerging leaders that focuses on raising awareness of the issues and debates facing each sector. It challenges participants to hone their leadership and problem solving skills.”
The class of 2016 will be introduced to Leadership Samoa’s ideals by the Chairman, Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang.
This will be followed by a series of inspiring presentations from prominent leaders, including 2015 Alumnus, Salote Timuiapaepaetele Vaai, Junior Registrar – Obstetrics and Gynaecology, N.H.S, who will provide reflections on her experience of last year’s program and her personal leadership journey.
Aeau Chris Hazelman, Director of Education – Catholic Schools, will reflect on leadership from an education perspective, while the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, will inspire the group with insights from his leadership journey.
Hobart Va’ai, new C.E.O, Samoa Chamber of Commerce, will examine exemplary leadership in the private sector.