Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i hails from the villages of Fasito’o-Tai, Asaga and Mulifanua in Samoa. She is a voyager, strategist and poet. Faumuina is CEO and Founder of Flying Geese which uses a framework based on celestial navigation and voyaging that she developed under the guidance of tohunga Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. Flying Geese creates and delivers programmes to support indigenous peoples in the areas of entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and suicide prevention. Her book, My Grandfather is a Canoe, has been adapted for stage and won multiple awards since its debut in March 2022. She was also the first Pacific Islander to become an Edmund Hillary Fellow.