Zotawon D. Titus is a talented young professional with an admirable drive to advance the future of his home country, post-conflict Liberia. He obtained a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Flinders University in 2012. Titus was able to start applying the new skills and knowledge gained in Australia mid-way through his studies when he visited Liberia and was asked by his employer, the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, to prepare a National Postal Policy. Titus guided and worked with other staff members in developing a comprehensive policy document that outlined strategies to make postal services accessible and affordable nationwide. Formulated to provide strategic direction and allow the Ministry to become a more competitive and efficient service provider, the policy is being validated to meet that objective.
“Acquiring a Master’s degree has enhanced my capacity to significantly contribute to public sector reform in Liberia. I have acquired new insights, tools in policy making and other such values through the Public Policy program under the Australian Development Scholarships, which has prepared me to contribute more meaningfully to national development through public sector reform programs.”
Upon returning in 2012, Titus was appointed Deputy Minister of Technical Services and is currently working with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure that telecommunications services are provided in under-served and in unserved areas where market forces do not cover. On another front, Titus is actively involved in the effort to establish an Australia Development Awards Alumni Association in Liberia.