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Kerry McGovern, M.Phil., M.Pub.Ad., B.Com., B.Econ., PMIIA (Aust), ASDA, ASB (NZ), CPA

Public Sector Governance, Asset and Financial Management Specialist

Kerry McGovern specialises in whole-of-government governance and works with Auditors-General and public sector central agencies to audit, identify and build effective asset, financial and performance management systems that enable the executive to deliver valued public services to their people. Her work includes building whole-of-government frameworks to identify, manage, plan and audit the service from public sector assets. She works well in a fluid and unstructured environment requiring professionals standards to be raised.

Languages: English (native), Solomon Pidgin (conversational), Portuguese, French and German (basic) Tetum (introductory)

Countries: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Philippines, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Jordan, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Other Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Guam, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap) Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Palau).


Lani Morris, Master of Science in Responsibility and Business Practice (Bath), MBA (Victoria), Dip Journalism (Canterbury), BA (Canterbury)

Capacity Building Specialist, Lecturer, Author and Artist


Map of Meaning International Charitable Trust

Lani has over thirty years’ experience as an independent organisational behaviour practitioner in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and as a contract lecturer at universities and tertiary institutions. She has studied the human search for meaning all her life, through philosophy and comparative religion in her undergraduate degree and through independent study. The key focus of her work is to help people take responsibility for and reclaim power over themselves, their lives and their work. Her expertise includes: leadership, motivation, clear communication, innovation, creativity, meaningful work, and how these subjects intertwine. Since 2000 she has used the Map of Meaning to enrich and develop her areas of expertise in a wide range of social and organisational contexts. Lani is a Co-founder and CEO of the Map of Meaning International Trust, and co-author of The Map of Meaningful Work: A Practical Guide to Sustaining our Humanity.

Languages: English (native), German

Countries: New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom (UK), Netherlands, France, USA


Kieren McGovern, Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Studies), Bachelor of Arts (International Relations) – (U of Qld)


Sustainable Development and Peace Specialist

Kieren McGovern is a sustainable development policy and programme practitioner. He is currently working on aligning responsive and inclusive financing to sustainable development portfolio generation. He is using systems thinking for linking SDG national implementation to local economic development for strengthened social cohesion. He worked with the United Nations Development Programme to develop the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Solomon Islands and with the International Organisation of Migration in the tribal violence affected communities of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. In these roles he used climate adaptation to address humanitarian needs, stimulate local economic development and create space for community generated peacebuilding.

Languages: English, Dutch, PNG Tok Pisin, Solomon Pidgin, Lau.

Countries: Australia, Fiji Islands, Indonesia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand, the Netherlands, USA, Vanuatu


PennyDr. Penny Burns PhD (Adelaide), Master of Economics (ANU), B.A. (Hons 1st) (Adelaide)


Infrastructure Economist and Strategist in Asset Management

Dr Penny Burns, is author of ‘The Third Asset Management Revolution‘, and Chair of Talking Infrastructure Association Inc, which is developing and supporting leading edge Asset Managers move into the third asset management stage of infrastructure decision support. She designed and co-authored the first book to tackle the economic impact of special events, ‘The Adelaide Grand Prix’, in 1975, and created the model the Federal Government used for over a decade.

Dr Burns developed the life cycle analysis technique for asset renewal in her series of 8 Parliamentary Reports on Infrastructure Asset Renewal, 1986-87. Since then she has been active in developing and promoting asset management in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Malaysia and Canada. For 20 years she edited and published AMQ International’s ‘Strategic Asset Management’ a fortnightly bulletin for policy makers and practitioners in public sector asset management.

Her experience includes direct Ministerial and Parliamentary review and advice. Her World Bank presentation led it to commission a review of local government asset management practices worldwide, while her report on Asset Management for the UK informed that country’s central government’s asset management rollout.

In 2019 she was made Honorary President of Women in Asset Management Internationally.

She is available as a high level advisor to governments, organisations and the media.

Languages: English (reading knowledge of French and German)

Countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Malaysia, France


Dr Jane Stanley PhD (Glasgow) M Sc Architecture (Sydney) B.Arch (Sheffield) Certified Practising Planner


Planner, Researcher and Partnerships Facilitator

Dr Jane Stanley, President of EAROPH Australia, is providing capacity building support for the global City Partnerships Challenge, drawing on her experience as a Business Planner and Partnerships Facilitator.

Jane is qualified in architecture, planning, social and economic research. She is author of the award winning textbook “Gnarly Planning: tools for local and global action“, the Australian handbook “Building Indigenous Economies“, and the new e=book “How to Build Local Economies“. Jane is current President of the Australian Chapter and Member of the International Council of EAROPH (Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements), the Asia Pacific peak body for the built environment. She is past President of the International Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, and Past Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.

Languages: English (Native)

Countries: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Philippines, Ghana, UK


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