Board of Trustees
Our Board of Trustees exists to ensure good governance and financial integrity, and that Live & Learn’s focus remains true to its intended purpose. The trustees provide their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.
Christian Nielsen - Australia & Executive Director
Christian Nielsen is the Executive Director for Live & Learn Environmental Education.
Christian has over 25 years experience as a development practitioner and has worked in Indonesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Maldives, Cambodia, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
Christian lived and worked in the Pacific islands for a decade, where he supported the establishment of Live & Learn’s country programs. He has long history with the Solomon Islands and supported the Solomon Islands government delegation in the Copenhagen Climate Change Negotiations (COP15) in December 2009.
He has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, Australian Agency for International Development, New Zealand Aid, European Union, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Childrens Fund, and World Wide Fund for Nature on issues relating to natural resources management, climate change adaptation and mitigation, environmental education and environmental conflict resolution.
David Hayes - Australia
David is a Chartered Accountant and the Chief Executive Officer of Assisi Aid Projects Inc. which shares a valuable partnership with Live & Learn. He has an extensive involvement over 20 years with community based social development programs originally as Treasurer and Board member with Assisi and more recently as Chief Executive Officer. Based on his considerable experience in the public and private sector, he brings to the table professional and management skills necessary to achieve mutual learning, capacity and relationship development in Australia and in the countries benefiting from Live & Learn programmes.
Franco Rodie - Solomon Islands
Rodi is from Vella lavella in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. He is currently the Under-Secretary of the Tertiary Division at the Ministry of Education in Honiara. Rodie holds a Masters Degree in Science and has more than 10 years experience in curriculum development in the Solomon Islands. He is a strong advocate for environmental education both locally and regionally.
Morgan Wairiu - Solomon Islands
Morgan studied at the Ohio State University where his research of soil and water quality in the Solomon Islands earned him his Phd in Soil Science. He has longstanding involvement in peace education and reconciliation, including advising Marau leaders in the implementation of the Marau Peace Plan.
Edward N. Morou - Vanuatu
Edward has worked in the Supreme Court in Vanuatu in civil and criminal law. He has also been providing legal advice to landowners regarding logging agreements.