ICDP’s ambassadors have experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the Pacific. They seek to promote the work of ICDP throughout the region and develop the Pacific Connect Community.
Chair, Pacific Connect Business Network Council
Andrew is an experienced business executive, commercially astute and highly skilled at operating successfully in regulated environments. After a long career at Westpac, he has recently built a portfolio of non-executive, mentoring and advisory roles in the ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ sectors, and is engaged in the start-up community, where his experience adds considerable value to founders. Andrew practised corporate law in the public and private sector and held a number of senior legal and operational roles in Westpac.
Hon. Peter Kenilorea Jnr MP
Member of Parliament for East Are’Are Constituency in the 11th National Parliament of Solomon Islands
Peter Kenilorea Jnr has previously held the position of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade in the Solomon Islands government and was International Civil Servant with the United Nations Secretariat in New York. From 2000-2017 he held positions in the UN Office of Legal Affairs, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Department of General Assembly and Conference Management, the UN Office of the Higher Commissioner for Human Rights, and the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States.
From 1996-2000, he was employed by the Solomon Islands Government, serving in the Attorney General’s Chambers and from 1994-1995 he was employed by Jennifer Corrin Barrister & Solicitor. Peter has obtained an LLB from the University of Waikato in New Zealand which he attended from 1991-1994. He also obtained an LLM in International Law from the University of Nottingham in the UK which he attended from 1997-1998.
Founder & Executive Director, VERGE
Proudly born and raised in Papua New Guinea, grateful for her graduate education in Australia and humbled by her ethnic heritage from the rural rice fields of the Philippines, Zha takes global identity and the principle of inclusivity to heart. Her international exposure and experiences critically inform her approach to building long-term professional relationships, engaging in effective cross-cultural communications and conducting business in the dynamic and often challenging Asia Pacific region.
In the most recent years, Zha merged her love for intelligent, human-centered design and technology which has brought about her founding of VERGE; an innovative, boutique agency delivering digital brand solutions that cohesively support strategic outcomes sought by high value clients in Papua New Guinea and the wider Asia Pacific neighbourhood.
She is inspired by globally-conscious entrepreneurship and particularly, its role in establishing opportunities for underserved markets and common people. Zha is also an advocate of the critical participation of women for genuine long-term success to be realised in all facets of sustainable development. As such she’s a frequent presenter on topics relating to women in business, digital transformation and impact-oriented entrepreneurship. She’s also sought after by various projects and bodies for her experience, network and inclusive approach on national and regional level matters.
A long-time member of the Pacific Connect Community, Zha has most recently co-facilitated the PNG ‘Side Hustle to Sustainability’ Dialogue in early 2021.
Senior Associate, MinterEllison
James Fraser is passionate about strengthening the relationships between people in Australia and the Pacific. James led the establishment of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Hub in Samoa. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador to ICDP, James was a leader of the 2018 APEC Voices of the Future delegation, a volunteer consultant to ICDP and co-directed the Australia China Young Professionals Initiative in Sydney.
James is a Senior Associate at MinterEllison’s investment funds practice and is a coordinator if its social enterprise pro bono practice. James has a particular interest in developing novel fund structures to address social challenges. MinterEllison worked closely with ICDP to apply for and obtain DGR Status for the ICDP Foundation.