The Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat is appointed by Forum Leaders every three years. As head of the organisation. the SG is directly responsible to Forum Leaders and to the Forum Officials’ Committee (FOC). The SG is also permanent Chair of the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP).
The Executive Management team at the Forum Secretariat is made up of the two Deputy Secretaries General and four Programme Directors. The members of this team are responsible for managing their respective programmes and collectively provide leadership to the rest of the organisation.
Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor
Dame Meg Taylor is a national of Papua New Guinea. She studied at the University of Papua New Guinea, and received her LL. B from Melbourne University, Australia and her LL.M from Harvard University, USA.
She began her professional life as Private Secretary to Chief Minister Michael Somare during self-government of Papua New Guinea, and then during his tenure as Prime Minister at the independence of Papua New Guinea. She practiced law with the Office of the Public Solicitor and in the private sector, and served as a member of the Law Reform Commission.
She was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico and Canada in Washington, DC from 1989-1994. In 2002, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Meg Taylor has served on the board of the Bank of Papua New Guinea and on the boards of a number of companies in Papua New Guinea in the natural resources, financial, and agricultural sectors, as well as on the boards of companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. She has also served on the boards of international conservation and research organizations.
She was appointed to the post of Vice President and Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group in 1999 following a selection process led by civil society, industry, and academia. Having set up CAO, which is a key part of the governance structure of the World Bank Group, Meg Taylor led the office for 15 years and established a rich body of work. CAO provides independent accountability and recourse for communities impacted by projects supported by the private sector arms of the World Bank Group - the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Through her leadership, CAO has become internationally recognized for its cutting edge work in addressing corporate-community conflict around the globe, with a model that has been replicated by other multilateral institutions. Meg Taylor concluded her term at CAO in August 2014.
In August 2014, Dame Meg was appointed by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, a political grouping of 16 independent and self-governing states.
Deputy Secretary General (Economic Governance and Political & Security Programmes), Andie Fong Toy
Andie Fong Toy of New Zealand is the current Deputy Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat's Economic Governance and Security programme. Ms Fong Toy took up this position on 23 May 2011.
Ms Fong Toy’s extensive experience incorporates research on Pacific legal issues and working in a civil society organisation in New Zealand and experience in election observation missions, encapsulating vast knowledge and understanding of regional and international issues.
Ms Fong Toy served as Director for the Forum Secretariat’s Political Governance and Security Programme until 2008.
Prior to her appointment as Director she also served the Secretariat as International Legal Adviser and Legal & Political Officer.
Ms Fong Toy holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Victoria University in New Zealand and Masters in International Relations from Deakin University, Australia.
Deputy Secretary General Cristelle Pratt (Strategic Partnerships & Coordination, Corporate Services Programmes)
Ms Pratt has extensive experience in the public and private sectors working for national government and in various regional roles with the most senior being that of CEO of SOPAC (the Pacific Applied Science Geoscience Commission )which is now the known as Applied Geoscience and Technology Division of the SPC from 2004 to 2010.
She has also provided policy, technical and strategical advice, in the areas of ocean governance and in climate and disaster risk resilient development to various regional and international organisations, including the World Bank and AusAid.
Ms. Pratt holds tertiary qualifications in marine law and policy and geosciences from Dalhousie University, Canada and the Australian University in Canberra, Australia, respectively.
Ocean governance sustainable use remain a deep passion and commitment for Ms Cristelle Pratt who believes that the ocean that connects us as a region offers many opportunities for us all and deserves increased attention and efforts at all levels