Melissa Malu is the Manager of Pasifika Collections and Engagement.
She is a Tongan and Fijian woman who has wide-ranging experience working with Pasifika communities in culture, social impact, and communications. Melissa has comprehensive people and operations management skills, as well as impressive community networks internationally and throughout the local Pasifika diaspora. She is an advocate in addressing the issue of Pasifika cultural appropriation, through promoting traditional cultural practices, working towards strengthening Indigenous knowledge within mainstream structures and frameworks.
Melissa has extensive experience in Community development and has assisted Pasifika individuals and organisations with strategic and business development planning, to access vital support for cultural, arts and community programs. She is a storyteller, artistic director and emerging writer and producer, passionate about elevating Pasifika voices and stories.
She has demonstrated track-record in stakeholder engagement, partnership brokering and responsive solutions, along with strong planning, strategic leadership and team building capabilities.
Melissa is undertaking a Master of Fine Arts in Cultural Leadership (NIDA) and holds a Master of Communications (Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts majoring in Social and Cultural Analysis (University of Western Sydney).