Dr. Dr Orovu Sepoe has over 15 years academic teaching and research experience, and served at the University of PNG. She has been Consultant/adviser to PNG Electoral Commission, through the Aus-Aid Electoral Support Program, contributing to election observation and research. Among other appointments, Dr Sepoe was National Coordinator, Gender Equality in Political Governance, UNIFEM (now UN Women) and concurrently, served as Pacific Islands Research Fellow, State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program; and National Coordinator, PNG Women Candidate Training, Centre for Democratic Institution, Australian National University. Her most recent appointment has been as Gender and Social Inclusion Adviser to the Decentralisation and Citizen Participation Program, under the PNG-Australian Governance Partnership. She is currently freelance consultant. She was part of the Melbourne Forum in 2019, although she was unable to attend in person.