Malo ni. Maima Koro is from Tokelau and Samoa. She has over 20 years of international development experience in the Pacific at national and regional levels. She has worked in the policing, education, health, and governance sectors; and also managed extensive stakeholder networks across Pacific governments, regional and multilateral organisations. Maima has engaged at senior programme and policy management levels managing, designing, implementing and evaluating projects for multiple donors including provision of strategic insights and advice to enhance policy and capacity development approaches across the region. Management experience included the integration of large multi-disciplinary teams and development of multi-year operational budgets and plans for a broad and complex multi-stakeholder network across the Pacific: Bougainville, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Fiji, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. She played a key role in leading the development of Samoa’s third health sector plan and co-represented the New Zealand Police to the New Zealand International Humanitarian Law Committee for two years. Maima lived in Fiji, working for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat as well as Vanuatu working for the Ombudsman Office and the UNDP. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the Pacific landscape and specialises on the contextualisation of donor-funded initiatives to be of relevance to Pacific environments.
Maima holds a Master of Public Policy from the Victoria University of Wellington, and she is multilingual. She was bestowed the Samoan chiefly title of Maualaivao in 2008 and has represented Samoa in netball at the international arena.