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Pacific Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Malo ni. Maima Koro is from Tokelau and Samoa. She is a Pacific Research Fellow for the Regional Perspectives Project, which is a research collaboration with Pacific partners funded by the Australia Department of Defence, Science and Technology Group.

She holds the Samoa chiefly title of Maualaivao.

Maima has over 20 years of international development experience in the Pacific at national and regional levels. She has worked in the policing, education, health, and governance sectors; and also managed extensive stakeholder networks across Pacific governments, regional and multilateral organisations. Maima has engaged at senior programme and policy management levels managing, designing, implementing and evaluating projects for multiple donors including provision of strategic insights and advice to enhance policy and capacity development approaches across the region. Management experience included the integration of large multi-disciplinary teams and development of multi-year operational budgets and plans for a broad and complex multi-stakeholder network across the Pacific: Bougainville, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Fiji, Nauru, Niue, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. She has a wealth of knowledge and expertise of the Pacific landscape and specialises in the contextualisation of donor-funded initiatives to be of relevance to Pacific environments. She worked with the Australia Pacific Security College before taking up her current research role with the University of Adelaide.


  • 2022–present
    Pacific Research Fellow, University of Adelaide