Mr Peter Polloi Administrator Palau National Aviation Administration (PNAA)
In Singapore for the second time to attend the ICAO-Singapore Aviation Security Leadership and Management Seminar, Mr Peter Polloi’s friendly manner and casual attire belied the fact that he was specially handpicked by the President of Palau to be the Administrator of PNAA – a position that had been vacant for five years before he came on board in February 2011.
Mr Polloi, however, is not one to flaunt his success. “I am grateful for the opportunity that was given to me. I never imagined that I would work for the government in the aviation sector because my training was in business, but I am excited about the challenge and will do my best to serve my country,” he enthused.
A firm believer of the adage “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”, Mr Polloi is focused on learning the ropes of aviation in the hope of leading his team to greater heights. He professed, “I adopted this philosophy from the family-owned corporation that I was working at for over 10 years. I want to become the ‘fisherman’ who is able to guide my colleagues competently and develop their respective strengths.”
Working towards his goal, Mr Polloi signed up for the Academy’s Civil Aviation Management Programme in July 2011 soon after his appointment. “The excellent training provided by SAA has helped me to hone my skills as Administrator of PNAA,” he commended.
Mr Polloi’s seven-year-old daughter Julia, whom he calls every day while he is away from home, is just as excited about his new career as it takes him to interesting countries like Singapore. “I did not travel a lot in my previous job, but now I am going places and I really enjoy the different learning experiences,” he shared.
Back home, the 39-year-old is actively engaged in outrigger canoeing – a traditional Oceania sport. He has even inspired three fellow colleagues to join him for a good workout three times a week. Looks like the aviation industry has won itself an all-rounder who works hard and plays hard too.