BSP Vanuatu Appoints First Female Board Member

Jennifer Kalpokas Doan (front center) with the Bank South Pacific Vanuatu Team.

The Chairman of the Board of Bank South Pacific (BSP), Sir Kostas Constantinou, announced today the appointment of Jennifer Kalpokas Doan to the Board of Bank South Pacific (Vanuatu) Limited (BSP).

Hailing from Lelepa Island, North Efate, Vanuatu, Mrs Kalpokas Doan is the first female and independent Ni-Vanuatu to be on the board of BSP Vanuatu.

She is a qualified and experienced Policy Advisor and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Relations and Masters in Public Administration.

She worked as a public servant, and then as a Senior Program Manager at the Australian High Commission in Vanuatu for over 11 years before taking on the role of Deputy Team Leader for the Balance of Power Program in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

The Reserve Bank of Vanuatu has consented to her appointment.

Sir Kostas welcomed Mrs Kalpokas Doan’s appointment to the board of Bank South Pacific (Vanuatu) Limited, noting her appointment continues BSP’s philosophy of promoting inclusive female participation in senior management of BSP and well as directors’ roles.

He also stated that he is confident that she will contribute positively to the Board’s performance.

Sir Kostas said that the group board had the opportunity to meet with Mrs Kalpokas Doan when she was in PNG to attend the Group Board meeting in Madang as an observer and BSP had also sponsored her participation in the company directors course in Port Moresby facilitated by the Australian Institute of Company directors to better prepare her for the role as a director of BSP Vanuatu.

In response to her appointment, Mrs Kalpokas Doan said that she is honoured to take on this role and especially to be part of the board of a reputable and forward thinking, innovative bank such as BSP.

“I am humbled by this appointment and I will do my best to carry out my duties as a board member, to represent the interests of the stakeholders and hopefully be an example by paving the way for more women to take on similar responsibilities in the future.”

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