Dr. David Lakisa

Visionary Educator, Advocate for Cultural Empowerment

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Dr. David Lakisa

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Dr. David Lakisa is a visionary educational leader of proud Samoan descent. He is the executive director of Talanoa Consultancy, a leading organisation that helps forge deeper workplace connections with Pacific communities across various sectors.

David is a passionate advocate for cultural understanding and empowerment. He has a PhD in diversity management from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Business School, where he is also an adjunct fellow; a Masters degree from Southern Cross University (SCU), and a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from The Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

David has over 20 years of experience working in education, sport, government, and community development. He has served as the inaugural Pacific Islander Coaching and Development officer at New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and imparted his knowledge as a sessional academic at Western Sydney University in the School of Education.

David is a strong advocate for the inclusion of Pacific Islanders and Māori in all aspects of society. He is a member of the advisory board for the Australian Pasifika Education Network and takes on the role of an independent director on the Queensland Rugby League Southeast Region Board. He is also the official Pacific knowledge partner for Nine's Wide World of Sports (WWOS) and Stan Rugby.

David is a dynamic and engaging speaker who shares his stories of resilience, determination, and hope. He is an inspiration to young people and is a powerful force for change.

Here are some specific topics that David can speak on:

  • The importance of cultural understanding and empowerment
  • The challenges and opportunities facing Pacific Islanders and Māori
  • The power of education to create change
  • His personal experiences of discrimination and resilience
  • How organizations can foster inclusive workplaces
  • David is a valuable asset to any organization or institution that is committed to creating a more inclusive and vibrant world for all. He is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker who will leave your audience feeling inspired and motivated.

Experience the power of his insights and book him for consultations or speaking engagements to create a more inclusive and culturally enriched future.

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