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Freda Kanek Talao | Consultant | Brisbane/Port Moresby

Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution & Litigation, Pacific Region

T: +61 7 3135 0533

E: freda.talao@holdingredlich.com

Alternating between Brisbane and Port Moresby, Freda has trained as a lawyer and has been admitted to the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea. Freda also holds Australian legal qualifications. She combines the experience of a Papua New Guinea lawyer and development specialist with her corporate role as a director on a number of Papua New Guinean boards.

She is a Director of Papua New Guinea’s largest retail bank, Bank South Pacific, which also operates in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Cook Islands. Previously, Freda was Director of several Government and Non-Profit Organisations including the former Civil Aviation Authority, the Papua New Guinea Mama Graun Conservation Trust Fund, the National Airports Corporation, the Airport City Development Authority, the Individual and Community Advocacy Forum and was former President of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. She was also one of six Papua New Guinean women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1,000 Peace Women for the Nobel Peace Prize Project in 2005.

Freda practiced law in private, non- government and public sectors in Papua New Guinea, primarily in litigation and general advice in criminal and civil matters. Areas of work include commercial law, company law, land law, administrative law, defamation, mining/environment, government law, conveyancing and family and human rights. Freda has also been very involved in complex land owner negotiations and also sits on an external advisory stakeholder panel for a mining company.

Additionally, Freda has held senior executive management roles including Deputy Registrar of the National Court where she performed quasi-judicial roles like overseeing insolvency and sheriff matters. Her human rights work include being Executive Director of PEACE Foundation Melanesia, a NGO focused on Alternative Dispute Resolution, conflict management and post war-reconstruction. Freda established the National Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee and voluntarily chaired for years a human rights NGO, the Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum.

Freda’s work as a development specialist with AusAID covered several areas from law and justice to public sector reform, working with Central Government agencies, provincial governments and administrations and local level governments to improve service delivery in Papua New Guinea. From her diverse work experience, Freda brings expertise in legal, government relations and development and deep insight into corporate governance and cross-cultural issues for those interested in doing business in a developing country like Papua New Guinea.

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