About Us

The Pacific Fisheries Leadership programme (PFLP) funded by the New Zealand Government, is implemented by a Consortium led by the Pacific Community (SPC), also included the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), University of Queensland (UQ), and the Centre for Adaptive Leadership (CLA).

SPC logoThe Pacific Community (SPC) is an international development organisation and the principal scientific and technical agency focussed on development in the Pacific region. It covers more than 20 sectors. SPC is renowned for knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience and conservation of plant genetic resources for food security. SPC is owned and governed by 26 country and territory members and has worked for and with them for more than 75 years.

SPC is one of nine member agencies of the Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific (CROP). SPC’s mission is to work for the well-being of Pacific people through the effective and innovative application of science and knowledge, guided by a deep understanding of Pacific Island contexts and culture. Highlighted in SPC’s 2021 Transition Plan is – “A resilient region needs a resilient learning organisation. Our staff, core capabilities and integrated knowledge are our greatest assets. Localisation of resources, presence and capacity strengthening will enable us to continue delivering services to our members”.

SPC is experienced in partnering productively with others who bring additional or complementary skills that add value to supporting members to achieve their development goals through scientific and technical assistance. The PFLP Consortium utilises an adaptive management approach which challenges the usual business models and allows partners to learn and develop innovative solutions.

FFA LogoThe Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, was established to help countries sustainably manage their fishery resources that fall within their 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). FFA’s mission is “to drive regional cooperation to create and enable the maximum long term social and economic benefit from the sustainable use of our shared offshore fishery resources”. Highlighted in FFA’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025 is “the capacity of individual Members to participate and effectively cooperate at the sub-regional and regional level, will be important to build a stronger FFA overall. Consequently, there is a need for services to support and strengthen Members and sub-sets of members, where those services relate to the objectives of FFA”.

As an advisory body providing expertise, technical assistance and other support to its members, FFA strengthens national capacity and regional solidarity to assist its 17 members manage, control and develop their tuna fisheries now and in the future. Since 1979, FFA has facilitated regional cooperation so that all Pacific countries benefit from the sustainable use of tuna – worth over $3 billion a year and important for many people’s livelihoods in the Pacific. FFA consists of three operational divisions – Fisheries Development, Fisheries Management and Fisheries Operations, supported by Corporate Services and Senior Executive through the provision of high level advice across the full range of agency work.

FFA subscribes to the principle of capacity building in order to build the human skills and institutional capacity of members in fishery management and related disciplines. The agency’s role in regional fisheries training has evolved to include being on tertiary education provider advisory boards (industry and faculty) to ensure students across a broad range of associated disciplines have sufficient understanding of oceanic fisheries issues relevant to their field, as well as to improve the more focused oceanic marine fisheries core and advanced programs and courses in a defined and structured mode of regional fisheries training. The logic behind FFA continuing to be involved with fisheries training is demonstrated in the agency’s ability to implement mandates for a membership that is diverse and includes varying levels of development, institutional capacity and governance. National priorities are considered within the national context and regional training programs are derived from members’ common needs and goals.

The University of Queensland Australia logoThe University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018 (37), the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (43), U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings (42), QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (69).

The Business School is independently ranked as one of the top business schools in Australia and among the leading institutions worldwide.  The Business School leads the agenda in business learning, innovation and impactful research. Our mission is to create and empower courageous thinkers who empower future leaders to positively transform business and society. We embrace disruption in business, create sustainable global solutions and encourage efficient business outcomes.

Our teaching staff are amongst the best in Australia. Five Business School academics have been awarded Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Our research and consulting activities ensure that our teaching is at the forefront of academic knowledge while staying attuned to industry requirements.

International Development is one of the leading university development groups in the Asia-Pacific region. We provide development expertise and program management leadership to help build the capacity of people and organisations around the world to achieve their development goals.

We do this through client focussed, professionally managed activities that connect and apply the knowledge and expertise of The University of Queensland. Our work includes long-term development activities, customised short training programs and aid advisory services. Since 1994, International Development has successfully contributed to more than 500 projects across 80 countries.

With a depth of experience UQ offers a combination of development and leadership expertise in a uniquely tailored collaboration between the Business School and International Development which ensures high quality education applied to the Pacific leadership context

CLA logoThe Centre for Leadership and Adaptation (CLA) is an international leadership development institute and the home of Adaptive LeadershipTM. Founded in 2002, CLA grew out of the work of Dr. Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky who have spent more than 30 years researching and teaching the practice of leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. CLA has been working in the Pacific since 2011. As recently as 2017 it received strong recognition for innovation and effectiveness in leadership programmes conducted with the DFAT Pacific Leadership Programme focussed on enabling change in Pacific contexts.

Over time, CLA developed increasingly robust methodologies, consolidated an experienced international team, and established offices in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Australia, the United States, Spain and Brazil with more than 50 consultants. Experience has shown CLA that organisational change is not only necessary, but possible. And this goes hand in hand with leadership that has a purpose, acts with commitment, and listens and involves others. The institute has seen it in their clients and have themselves experienced it. CLA works with clients to transform challenges into progress through consultancies, professional development as well as social and international development.