Sunday, May 7, 2006

Two MIC members among the "25 Regional Leaders Who Are Making The Difference" (Pacific Magazine)

The May/June 2006 issue of the Pacific Magazine features 25 regional leaders who are making the difference. Among them there are two MIC members.
Well known Palauan educator, anthropologist and community leader Kathy Kesolei recently established a new venture designed to "facilitate positive change." Kathy Kesolei and Associates (KKA) has a contract with the Palauan government to "facilitate organizational performance by involving all levels of people in strategic planning, group performance commitments and measurements." Kesolei has long been a regional leader in education and community programs. In addition, she holds considerable influence in Palau's traditional leadership structure. In June 2001, Pacific Magazine featured her in a profile of Palau's women leaders and she has continued to show her commitment to the region since then.
If receiving the world's most prestigious award in marine conservation-the Pew Fellowship-hasn't brought Willy Kostka to your attention, the leadership he is about to bring to the Micronesian Conservation Trust certainly will. Having just finished seven years as founder and executive director of the Conservation Society of Pohnpei, Kostka recently accepted a position as the first executive director of the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT) (, an organization committed to developing long-term, sustainable funding for biodiversity conservation in Micronesia. Chartered in the Federated States of Micronesia, MCT attracts seed money for core trust funding, as well as pass-through grant money such as that from the Packard Foundation and the Global Environment Facility, the latter of which has committed a minimum of $750,000 annually toward biodiversity efforts in Palau, the FSM and the Marshall Islands.

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