Dame Meg Taylor
Distinguished Fellow for the Blue Pacific
Dame Meg Taylor is the non-resident Distinguished Fellow for the Blue Pacific at the Asia Society Policy Institute. After 21 years of service at regional and international institutions, Dame Meg Taylor returned home to Papua New Guinea and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Nambawan Super, the largest superannuation company in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and on the board of the PNG Sustainable Development Program, which is focused on providing health, education, and enabling infrastructure initiatives for the people of PNG with current emphasis on Western Province.
Dame Meg is a Member of the Pacific Elders Voice, she serves as Chair of the Voice a youth organisation in Papua New Guinea, and is a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Dame Meg is an Advisor to the Vanuatu government on its application to the ICJ on Climate Change.
Prior to this, Dame Meg Taylor was the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, making her the first female to serve in this prestigious role. The Pacific Islands Forum is an intergovernmental organisation founded in 1971 to foster cooperation between the Pacific Island nations. Whilst serving as Secretary General Dame Meg also held the position of the Pacific Oceans Commissioner.
She is the founding Vice President of the Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman for the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group, having served in this role for 15 years. She served on the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Committee for Development Policy and the UN High-Level Steering Committee on Every Women Every Child.
From 1989-1994, she was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico, and Canada in Washington DC.
Her early career was with The Office of the Chief Minister and then Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Grand Chief Michael Somare, at Self Government and Independence of Papua New Guinea.
Dame Meg Taylor has served as a lawyer with the Public Solicitors Office, The Law Reform Commission, and worked in Private practice.
She has also served on Boards of the Australian Stock Exchange and Boards in Papua New Guinea. In particular, she has been a board member of the Bank of Papua New Guinea.
Dame Meg Taylor is a strong advocate for Civil Society and their inclusive participation in the development of the Blue Pacific region. She is an advocate for the preparation and guidance of the Youth of the Pacific to take on the responsibilities of the Blue Pacific region, and in particular her own country Papua New Guinea.
Dame Meg Taylor has an LL.B. from Melbourne University and an LL.M. from Harvard University.