Women’s Leadership Initiative Lunch with Kessy Sawang

Kessy Sawang

Event details

SSGM Event

Date & time

Tuesday 26 November 2019


Common Room, University House (1), Balmain Crescent, ANU
ANU Canberra


Kessy Sawang

We are pleased to invite you to a Women’s Leadership Initiative Pacific Networking Lunch with Kessy Sawang. Kessy Sawang a Papua New Guinean advocate for social justice and empowerment of women and girls, will discuss leadership experiences and insights.

This event is co-hosted by the Australian National University’s Department of Pacific Affairs, and funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Pacific Research Program.

About Kessy Sawang

Kessy Sawang is a principal adviser to the Minister for Inter-Government Relations. In this role she is a key interlocutor on sub-national governance and the Papua New Guinea Government’s decentralisation agenda. Prior to this role, Kessy was a candidate in the 2017 national elections (Rai Coast Open, Madang Province) where she finished third. Kessy plans to re-contest in 2022. Previously, Kessy was Deputy Commissioner of Customs and was Head of the Tax Review Secretariat at the Department of Treasury.

Kessy has a strong online presence with a blog, PNGWoman.com, through which she advocates for social justice and empowerment of women and girls and is also active on Twitter. Despite being a Government minister adviser, Kessy has been critical of the O’Neill Government. In 2016, the ABC reported that Kessy had uncovered a multi-billion dollars ‘black-hole’ in the 2016 budget and she had accused the Government of unlawful spending.

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