Meg Taylor

Dame Meg Taylor DBE is a Papua New Guinean retired athlete, lawyer and diplomat.


Meg Taylor

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Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum
Assumed office
4 December 2014
Preceded byTuiloma Neroni Slade
Personal details
NationalityPapua New Guinean
Alma materMelbourne University
Harvard University
  • Diplomat
  • Lawyer
  • Track and field athlete
Meg Taylor
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Papua New Guinea
(South) Pacific Games
Silver medal – second place 1971 Pirae Pentathlon
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Pirae 4x100 m relay

She received her LL.B degree from Melbourne University, Australia, and her LL.M degree from Harvard University in the United States. She practiced law in Papua New Guinea and serves as a member of the Law Reform Commission.

The daughter of Australian explorer Jim Taylor,[1] she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002.

From 1989–94, she was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico and Canada in Washington D.C. Until 2014, Taylor was Vice President, Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group.[citation needed]

On 31 July 2014, it was announced that Dame Meg Taylor would take up the appointment of Secretary General to the Pacific Islands Forum, an intergovernmental organization that aims to enhance cooperation between the independent countries of the Pacific Ocean; she became the first woman to hold that post.[2][3][4]

Achievements in athleticsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Papua New Guinea
1971 South Pacific Games Pirae, French Polynesia 2nd Pentathlon 3386 pts
3rd 4 × 100 m relay 50.4 s

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Jim Taylor profile,; accessed 8 June 2015.
  2. ^ "PNG's Dame Meg Taylor will be PIFS First Female Secretary General – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  3. ^ Profile[permanent dead link]; accessed 8 June 2015.
  4. ^ Profile; accessed 8 June 2015.

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