Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue 2006


The Emerging Pacific Leaders' Dialogue 2006 will take place over a two week period from 28 June to 12 July 2006. This intensive professional development experience will bring together 120 individuals in early to mid career on a path to senior leadership roles. The program is designed for men and women with leadership potential who are likely to become, within the next decade, the people making decisions on the way their organisations, businesses, communities or nations respond and adapt to change.


Initiated by the highly respected and long-established Commonwealth Study Conference (CSC) organisations and CSC alumni in Australia, New Zealand and across the Pacific, the Dialogue will open in Brisbane, Australia, close in Auckland, New Zealand and include study tours to ten Pacific locations. Participants will have the opportunity to observe communities in action and the leadership challenges that arise within them.


Participating nations will include Australia, Cook Islands, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kirribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


While the interests, personal skills and knowledge of participants will vary, all will be identified as emerging leaders in the region. They will be chosen through a competitive merit based selection process from business, industry, government, trade unions, education, sport, the arts and the community sector.


The EPLD 2006 is endorsed by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand. It has the strong support of many dignitaries including former Governor General of Australia Sir William Deane. HRH the Princess Royal attended the 2003 Commonwealth Study Conference and has advised that she expects to attend the second part of the proceedings.


Navigating our Future Together


The theme of the EPLD 2006 is Navigating our Future Together.


Navigating is, appropriately for the region, a sea-faring term. It conveys the idea of charting a course, working together and negotiating the shifting tides and currents.


The Pacific region includes the world's largest, most peaceful and abundant ocean with its many islands and rich diversity of cultures and traditions.


The Pacific peoples are amongst the world's most heterogeneous - a mix of ethnicities, indigenous peoples, mariners and settlers who have successfully navigated the oceans, adapted to their environment and in the 21st century are being called upon to meet new challenges.


EPLD 2006 will increase the capacity of emerging leaders in the Pacific region to meet these challenges collaboratively. It will contribute to sustainable leadership and good governance, while promoting regional understanding and co-operation through an improved network of key relationships that can be drawn upon as careers progress.


Conference Objectives


The EPLD 2006 will:



The EPLD 2006 program will focus on the following subject areas:


Participants will assemble in Brisbane on 28 June 2006 for the opening ceremony, plenary sessions, briefings and group discussions. They will begin their inquiry into the values and purpose of leadership personally, globally and in the Pacific in the 21st century.


Study Tours

Participants will be divided into small study tour groups to visit various locations in the Pacific region. Destinations will most likely include Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and other locations.


Study tour groups will include men and women from diverse occupational backgrounds and nationalities who will spend a week together observing communities in action in a process of intense cross-cultural inquiry. The tours will include visits to commercial and industrial enterprises, educational institutions, government agencies, community organisations and local projects.


Report back and closing

Participants will reconvene in Auckland on 8 July 2006 for report back and final proceedings. Each study tour group will prepare a written report and make a formal presentation at the closing plenary. The reports will be commented upon and critiqued by a panel of dignitaries and will be the centrepiece of the closing program.


All proceedings will be in English.