Jennifer Baing-Waiko is a marine science graduate, community leader, agriculturist, sustainable living and cultural advocate from the Markham Valley of Morobe Province. Jennifer is dedicated to improving the livelihoods and advancing the rights of rural communities in Papua New Guinea. Jennifer believes Melanesian people deserve equal rights and opportunities and should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to determine their own future for a prosperous Papua New Guinea that can engage richly with the rest of the world.
She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Fisheries from the Australian Maritime College and is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Communication and Social Change at the University of Goroka. She has experience in project management and planning on agricultural projects and international NGO programs. She is a young leader with fresh ideas to bring Papua New Guinea forward in the 21st century. She has a passion for the positive development of Papua New Guinea and this was demonstrated when she ran for the first time in the 2012 election in the Markham electorate and came 5th. She is dedicated to the development of Papua New Guinea, Morobe Province and the people of Markham Valley. She is also a strong advocate for agriculture and fisheries as key development targets to ensure the 80% of the Papua New Guinea population ca included in building the local, provincial land national economy. She has been educated both locally and internationally and understands global issues relating to politics, agriculture, fisheries and environmental development and protection.
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