Dame Carol Kidu, (a teacher by profession) retired from Papua New Guinea Parliament in 2012 after 15 years in politics. She was the Minister for Community Development for 9 years and finished her political career as Leader of the Opposition. She focused on legislative and policy reform for social development in PNG with a human rights based approach to development and a focus on marginalised and/or vulnerable populations. In addition to her Ministerial work, she established the Parliamentary Committee on HIV in 2003 and the PNG Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PNG PPD) in 2008. Since retiring from politics, she has continued international and regional commitments and has also established CK Consulting Ltd.
Dame Kidu has been awarded four Honorary Doctorates (UNRE and UPNG, PNG; Queensland University and Deakin University, Australia). She was awarded Dame of the British Empire in 2005; the PNG International Woman of Courage Award by the Secretary of State of the United States of America in 2007; Pacific Person of the Year in 2007 and was the recipient of the Regional Rights Resource Team Pacific Human Rights Award for her contribution to promoting the rights of Pacific Islanders in 2008. She was honoured by the French Government with the Cross of Knight in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur in 2009.
Dame Kidu has served on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning, the International Advisory Board of the Cairns Institute, Board Member of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy. She was a member of the UN Pacific Commission on AIDS and also of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. She is presently a member of the High Level Taskforce on ICPD 2014 and beyond. She is a Patron to many organisations.