Asia and the Pacific Islands Human Rights, Political and Public Leadership
Fernanda Borges, a native of Timor-Leste (East Timor), was working in Australia as a commercial banker in 1999 when she received the phone call would send her back home. The U.N. had taken over governance of East Timor after citizens voted to declare their independence from Indonesia. Decades of internal violence and fighting between rebels and the Indonesian military had decimated the island’s infrastructure. It was time to rebuild.
“How are we going to take this country forward and really achieve the dreams and really make it worthwhile for those 600,000 people that gave up their lives for our cause?” Fernanda knew the answer to the question she asked herself at t