Save the Children Fiji is pleased to officially announce that its new Chief Executive Officer is Iris Low-McKenzie. Mrs. Low-McKenzie assumed the role from 30 November and looks forward to championing the organisation into the New Year. Low-McKenzie succeeds Raijeli Nicole, who moved on from the organisation in late August, to take on the role of Pacific Regional Director with Oxfam. Mrs. Low-McKenzie intends to build upon the solid foundations left by Mrs. Nicole, and to continue to strengthen Save the Children’s capacity as the leading child rights organisation in Fiji — dedicated to driving positive change for children across the region.
Mrs. Low-McKenzie has over six years experience working in the Fiji civil society sector and five years of experience working with the Australian Aid Program. Iris previously worked with Save the Children Fiji for three years before joining the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Iris’s background is in sociology and population studies/demography with a postgraduate diploma in Social Policy and Administration.
“It’s an honour to be back working for Save the Children Fiji,” she said. “I believe I have come in at the right time, when we as an organisation can stand firm and be the voice and advocate for better practices and policies to fulfil children’s rights. To ensure that children’s voices are heard, to build partnerships and collaborate with other human rights organisations, faith based organisations, community based organisations, with government and the private sector to share knowledge, influence, reach out to families and communities and build capacity to ensure children’s rights are met.”