Professor David Widdowson and the CCES team congratulates Nancy Oraka who has been Highly Commended in the Charles Sturt University Distinguished Alumni Awards in the category of Professional Excellence.
Nancy is widely recognised as an outstanding leader in the customs profession who has made a significant and positive impact in her native PNG and continues to do so at a regional and international level. While working as a Regional Manager in the PNG Customs Service, Nancy won a scholarship to study the Master of Customs Administration at Charles Sturt. She was an outstanding student, and on successful completion of her degree she successfully applied for the highest customs position in the Pacific region – the Oceania Customs Organisation Head of Secretariat. Her appointment was groundbreaking. Not only is she the first PNG national – and Melanesian - to hold the position, she is also the first woman to lead the organisation - a remarkable achievement in such a male-dominated profession and a true inspiration to other female officers throughout the Pacific. Congratulations Nancy!