ECG, a boutique full-service consultancy specialising in strategy, engagement and evaluation work within the Pacific economy, is thrilled to announce Dr. Charmaine ‘Ilaiū Talei as the latest addition to their growing team. With impressive academic credentials and extensive industry experience, Charmaine brings a fresh perspective and invaluable knowledge to ECG's stable of expertise.
Joining ECG as a Consultant - Research and Evaluation, Charmaine will lead the research and evaluation aspects of the consultancy as well as provide senior leadership experience. She is passionate about transformative research and evidence-based actions that benefit Pacific peoples in Aotearoa and across the wider Pacific region.
Dr. Charmaine is a registered architect (NZRAB and BOAQ) and has over 15 years of experience working on diverse projects in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Her wide portfolio of work has allowed her to harness her corporate leadership, project planning, stakeholder engagement and relationship management skills. She authentically co-designs projects with Indigenous communities and applies architectural solutions to address socio spatial challenges.
Dr. Charmaine is also a senior lecturer and has contributed to various academic journals and well respected publications. She enjoys research design, developing customised engagement methodology and data analysis with the aim of improving socio-economic outcomes for Pacific communities.
Charmaine proudly hails from the Kingdom of Tonga (Houma, Ha'alalo, and Pukotala, Ha'apai) and the Moana beyond: Sāmoa, Uvea (Wallis and Futuna) and Fulaga, Lau Islands, Fiji.
“What I want to achieve with ECG is to develop ECGs transdisciplinary research and evaluation, contribute to mentoring future Pacific researchers, hone my engagement skills and extend my community reach.”
ECG welcomes Dr. Charmaine to the team and looks forward to adding her immense skills and experience to the work they do for and within the Pacific economy.