Kerry McGovern, M.Phil., M.Pub.Ad., B.Com., B.Econ., PMIIA (Aust), ASDA, ASB (NZ), CPA

Kerry McGovern specialises in whole-of-government governance and works with Auditors-General and public sector central agencies to audit, identify and build effective asset, financial and performance management systems that enable the executive to deliver valued public services to their people. Her work includes building whole-of-government frameworks to identify, manage, plan and audit the service from public sector assets. She works well in a fluid and unstructured environment requiring professionals standards to be raised.

Languages: English (native), Solomon Pidgin (conversational), Portuguese, French and German (basic) Tetum (introductory)

Countries: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Philippines, Malaysia, Viet Nam, Jordan, Timor-Leste, Samoa, Other Pacific Island Countries (Cook Islands, Guam, Republic of Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk, Yap) Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Palau).

Lani Morris, Master of Science in Responsibility and Business Practice (Bath), MBA (Victoria), Dip Journalism (Canterbury), BA (Canterbury)

Capacity Building Specialist, Lecturer, Author and Artist

Map of Meaning International Charitable Trust

Lani has over thirty years’ experience as an independent organisational behaviour practitioner in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and as a contract lecturer at universities and tertiary institutions. She has studied the human search for meaning all her life, through philosophy and comparative religion in her undergraduate degree and through independent study. The key focus of her work is to help people take responsibility for and reclaim power over themselves, their lives and their work. Her expertise includes: leadership, motivation, clear communication, innovation, creativity, meaningful work, and how these subjects intertwine. Since 2000 she has used the Map of Meaning to enrich and develop her areas of expertise in a wide range of social and organisational contexts. Lani is a Co-founder and CEO of the Map of Meaning International Trust, and co-author of The Map of Meaningful Work: A Practical Guide to Sustaining our Humanity.


Languages: English (native), German

Countries: New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom (UK), Netherlands, France, USA

Kieren McGovern, Master of International Studies (Peace and Conflict Studies), Bachelor of Arts (U of Qld)

Peace Worker, Conflict Prevention and Rehabilitation Specialist

Kieren McGovern is a peace worker who works with communities to address conflicts and channel their energies into community development. He worked with the United Nations Development Programme to develop the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the Solomon Islands and with the International Organisation of Migration and the people of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea to relocate internally displaced people. He provides workshops to warriors to channel their energies into developing their communities. He has undertaken a small arms survey and can provide a peace and conflict analysis of policies and practices for clients.

Languages: English, Dutch, PNG Pidgin, Solomon Pidgin, Lau.

Countries: Australia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji Islands, USA, Netherlands, Thailand.

PennyDr. Penny Burns 
PhD (Adelaide), Master of Economics (ANU), B.A. (Hons 1st) (Adelaide)

Asset Management Specialist

Dr Penny Burns is an Infrastructure Economist and Asset Management Strategist.  She is the Chair of Talking Infrastructure Association Inc, a non-profit set up to help asset managers anticipate future policy change and be ready to meet it.  She is the curator of the Association’s website,, and Host of the Association’s podcast “Talking Infrastructure’s Hypotheticals”.

For 20 years she was Editor and Publisher of AMQ International’s ‘Strategic Asset Management’  a fortnightly bulletin for policy makers and practitioners in public sector asset management. Other roles include:  a foundation board member of the Asset Management Council; the asset management representative on the Foresight Advisory Committee for Suez Environment, Paris; and board member for infrastructure providers in the energy, water and gas sectors.

Her asset management experience includes direct Ministerial and Parliamentary review and advice.  Her presentation to the World Bank led it to commission a review of asset management practices in local government, worldwide and her report on Asset Management informed the UK central government’s asset management approach.  She has published widely in asset management and is an international public speaker.

She is the Honorary President of Women in Asset Management Internationally, a new initiative by the Institute of Asset Management to be launched this October in Chicago.

Languages:  English (reading knowledge of French and German)
Countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, Malaysia, France
Dr Jane Stanley PhD (Glasgow) M Sc Architecture (Sydney) B.Arch (Sheffield) Certified Practising Planner

Dr Jane Stanley, President of EAROPH Australia, is providing capacity building support for the global City Partnerships Challenge, drawing on her experience as a Business Planner and Partnerships Facilitator.

Jane is qualified in architecture, planning, social and economic research. She is author of the award winning textbook “Gnarly Planning: tools for local and global action”, the Australian handbook “Building Indigenous Economies”, and the new e=book “How to Build Local Economies”.  Jane is current President of the Australian Chapter and Member of the International Council of EAROPH (Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements), the Asia Pacific peak body for the built environment. She is past President of the International Division of the Planning Institute of Australia, and Past Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.

Languages: English (Native)

Countries: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Philippines, Ghana, UK