Tearinaki Tanielu is an environmental scientist and policy researcher, who has worked with local governments, international development organisations and with research institutions – focusing on social development and improving livelihoods in our local communities.
Tearinaki has had scholarship opportunities to study in Australia and the UK, and has assumed fellowship positions with the United Nations and with research institutions.
Key areas of interest and specialty encompass issues that are most pertinent to social development, particularly in the Pacific Region, including:
- climate change
- coastal management
- water resources management
- and oceans governance policy and marine law.
Over the years, Tearinaki has come to realise that our greatest resources are our young and future leaders. He believes that mentoring them and guiding them is perhaps one of the greatest social investments that we as individuals need to focus on.
As a mentor, Tearinaki offers guidance toward his areas of specialty. Most importantly, he wants to instill an audacity to reach out for opportunities, be agents of social change, and to be charitable.
He would especially like to work with mentees from the Pacific, who share the same challenges as him, because he believes this would enable him to be his most effective.