Beatrice Roini Liua Faumuina ONZM is an Olympian, Gold Medalist, UN Goodwill Ambassador, champion of Pasifika leadership and business, Sir Peter Blake Leader and one of New Zealand’s sporting heroes.
In 1997, she received the prestigious sporting Halberg Award and in 2002, her image was chosen for a Samoan stamp. For services to athletics, she was named Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005.
Since then Beatrice has been involved in a number of foundations and leadership initiatives. In particular, she was the founding CEO of the BEST Pasifika Leadership Academy, which brought together her passion for creating and growing leaders with her entrepreneurial spirit.
Today, Beatrice is the Trade Commissioner and Consul General in New York, leading NZTE’s team to help New Zealand businesses access East Coast markets.
Watch Beatrice Faumauina accept her award here.