Dedication, professionalism and commitment

November 1, Port Moresby – Papua New Guinea

In the ever-evolving landscape of modern businesses, individuals who epitomize dedication, professionalism, and a commitment to transforming or enhancing organizational culture hold an irreplaceable role.

One such individual is Vavine Mulina, a young professional, whose journey over the last decade within the space of Human Resources is worth taking note of.

With a strong work ethic and a promising future ahead, Vavine could easily be counted as a source of inspiration for ambitious young professionals, throughout the country.

Having recently assumed a leadership role as the Human Resources Manager  with TotalEnergies EP PNG Limited (TEP PNG), Operator of the Papua LNG Project, this marks the second promotion within the space of Twelve (12) months for her.

This has been no easy feat juggling a full-time role while simultaneously pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. She leads a team of eleven, who are determined to shape the organization’s HR strategy, to foster an inclusive and high-achieving work culture that propels success.

“Working at TotalEnergies EP PNG for the last five years has proven to be a challenging experience, one that constructively and consistently pushes me beyond my comfort zone,” she says.

“Our collective commitment to continuous improvement and the simple but impactful company values align perfectly with my own, affirming my confidence that I’ve found the ideal fit for my career,” she affirms.

“I am very fortunate to have many great examples of strong women in leadership both at work and outside of work. Grateful for the many opportunities and more so for the substantial support I receive from the TEP PNG leadership, my Managing Director Jean-Marc Noiray, my Corporate Services Director Mr Fabrice Brouard and Public Affairs Manager Mr Richard Kassman,” she added.

One notable quality that distinguishes Vavine is her resilience. She has showcased an aptitude for navigating the intricacies of not only HR, but life in the corporate world as a young Papua New Guinean woman.

“TotalEnergies is incredibly fortunate to have Vavine on board. As a young national woman with exceptional values, skills and leadership, she is clearly identified as one to play a key executive role in the future and this is the very essence of why I enjoy my job,” says Mr Brouard.

Her profound comprehension of her role, coupled with her empathetic approach to employee relations, knowledge of culture and ability to harmonize these elements with corporate culture, establishes her as a standout amongst her peers.

“I come from a family of six, where I am the only girl among five brothers. I have grown up in a family unit, where our core values are firmly rooted in faith, family, and respect, all while maintaining a deep understanding of our cultural heritage and the expectations it places upon us,” she says.

“This dynamic has allowed me to develop the versatility to seamlessly transition between corporate and traditional cultures, preparing me with valuable skills to navigate life in a unique country like PNG,” she adds.

Her ambitions and work ethic are deeply ingrained in a lineage known for producing leaders in the community, such as her father, Rupa Mulina, her uncle, Sam Mulina and her grandfather, Dr. Sibona Kopi. All of whom have established an extraordinary legacy of positive impact.

Their example has served as a source of inspiration, motivating her to “ step up to the plate” with unwavering dedication and determination.

“A lot of my success would not be possible without the solid support of my partner Lloyd and Mrs. Rachael Thomson, Chief Operating & Marketing Officer at KPMG, who introduced me to HR and has provided invaluable support over the past decade,” she states.

“There is so much talent and potential in this country and I’m excited for the challenges ahead and proud to be part of a company that is fully committed to building national talent,” she adds.

Vavine’s vision extends beyond her own accomplishments as she aspires to build and inspire, the next generation of young professionals and leaders, equipping them with the skills needed to navigate the ever-shifting challenges of today.

Her journey stands as a testament to what can be achieved through dedication, a relentless commitment to personal growth, and an authentic desire to effect positive change wherever possible.

A group photo of TotalEnergies PNG staff with Vavine (foreground) during the Pinktober Run, 28 October 2023

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