Many international studies on women in politics reinforce the significant benefits that come from having women in leadership roles. Leadership teams that are comprised of mixed views—including women and men from diverse backgrounds—generate more innovative solutions to address today’s problems. While in many parts of the world females are now outperforming males for instance in education, the lack of women in leadership roles in the Pacific represents a failure to exploit the available talent pool to advance development goals. I came to know Ms. Heine when she was Minister of Education. She is the first Marshallese to obtain a doctorate, and within the Pacific region she was among a small group of ministers who were educationist by training. Ms. Heine is the type of person who will ensure that the reforms she has initiated to improve education quality will continue under her presidency... blogs.adb.org/ blog