Institute for Positive Psychology & Education

Dr Genevieve Nelson

PhD (University of Western Sydney), Bachelor of Psychology (Honours 1st Class)

Dr Genevieve Nelson is the executive director of the Kokoda Track Foundation. She is one of the founding directors of the Foundation and has been the Executive Director since January 2009. Genevieve holds a doctorate in cross-cultural and educational psychology from the University of Western Sydney, and is an expert in education in Papua New Guinea. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (Honours).

Genevieve is a Registered Psychologist. She has published extensively and presented at national and international conferences about her experience in PNG. Genevieve has walked the Kokoda Track 18 times, and spends at least 2 months of every year in the remote communities implementing and monitoring our aid programs. Genevieve was a finalist in the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Awards and the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She also won the 2012 Silver Stevie Award for Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year. The Kokoda Track Foundation is an Australian philanthropic organisation which aims to repay the selfless help given to Australia during WWII by the ‘Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels’ of Papua New Guinea, by helping to improve the lives and futures of their descendants.