Simone is the founding Chief Executive of the International Centre for Democratic Partnerships (ICDP). Under Simone’s guidance ICDP has been implementing the Australian Government’s Pacific Connect Program which provides a platform for entrepreneurs from the Pacific & Australia to work together to support business and economic development outcomes across the Pacific. She is an experienced senior executive with a distinguished public sector career. Simone’s diverse career path over the past 20+ years has spanned the government and business sectors where she has focussed on international development, privatisation, restructuring, and infrastructure provision, public sector reform and digital transformation.
- What do you love about your job?
I am passionate about empowering Pacific people, particularly women and I love finding ways to help them progress their business dreams. I love my job because I get to do a variety of things everyday – I enjoy the planning, meeting new people and building relationships, learning about the Pacific, the creative aspects and my colleagues. I enjoy being able to try new ways of doing things and collaborating with talented Pacific and Australian people.
I find inspiration in a variety of people and things. I’m so lucky to have a job where I meet different people every day and I find their stories inspiring. I really enjoy hearing what people in the network are up to and hope to catch up in person again one day.
- What’s your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Outside of work I like to hang out with family and friends. I enjoy spending time outside whether it’s in the garden, watching my beloved Hawks play, exercising or walking my two westie dogs – Molly and Ivy. I love travelling and exploring new places and I also run a small side hustle with my sister – we make dog collars, leads and accessories.