EWC Welcomes Leadership Program Participants from 10 Pacific Island Nations


HONOLULU - (Aug 16, 2017) -- The East-West Center has welcomed 27 emerging leaders from 10 Pacific island nations to this year’s Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan, or PILP. The participants will spend close to two months in Honolulu, engaging in experiential learning exercises on such topics as applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis, climate change and environmental stewardship, international relations, and public health. Then they will travel to Taipei for a month of field study in at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs.

Now in its fifth year, the program is intended to strengthen participants’ knowledge and understanding of key economic, social, political, health, educational and environmental issues affecting the region, and enable them to cultivate the leadership skills, approaches and networks to make meaningful contributions to the region throughout their careers.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to meet and work with these young leaders from across the Pacific islands region, who have been selected for the program based on their outstanding promise, high leadership potential, and commitment to serve the development needs of their countries,” said PILP coordinator Nick Barker. “Our aim is to help them learn about how to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.”

This year’s selected participants are:

  • Emma Anere, reproductive health program manager at Population Services International, Papua New Guinea
  • Turaga Vakaregu Basalusalu, economic planning officer, Ministry of Economy, Fiji
  • Tom Brian, principal programs officer, National Disaster Management Office, Solomon Islands
  • Netty Daemuna, legal officer, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Papua New Guinea
  • Chavannah Chrislene Dowabobo, principal teacher, Education Department, Nauru
  • Jessica Shizuko Emesiochel, solid waste management coordinator, Bureau of Public Works, Palau
  • Madlyn Lagusu Ero, executive assistant, Prime Minister's Office, Solomon Islands
  • Joanie Ro-Lyn Hartman, administrative and human resource manager, EHCTS Inc., Nauru
  • Cathy Sakumalefo Hite, senior legal officer, Public Solicitor's Office, Solomon Islands
  • Anika Tekura-a-Vara Maria Rangi Hunter, fisheries officer and data analyst, Ministry of Marine Resources, Cook Islands
  • Nathan Hamaiyo Lati, tourism product development officer, Tourism Promotion Authority, Papua New Guinea
  • Rineesha Rowee Mahadeo, pharmacist and manager,  Healthpoint Pharmacies, Fiji
  • Michael Maniel, water quality officer, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Vanuatu
  • Justin Monier, French Polynesia, scientific officer, Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao
  • Lavenia Judy Tagoifineloto Naivalurua, administration officer, Office of the Prime Minister, Fiji
  • Allen Kisi Ofea, principal environment officer, Ministry of Environment, Solomon Islands
  • Penitito Paulo, head of Computer Science Department, Leifiifi College, Samoa
  • Isabelle Petri, coffee production project manager, World Vision, Vanuatu
  • Bindiya Rashni, ecologist, NatureFiji, Fiji
  • Aoniba Riaree, economist, National Economic Planning Office,  Kiribati
  • Allan Roni, consulting finance officer, Ministry of Development Planning, Solomon Islands
  • Sioni Ruma, program manager, Australian High Commission, Papua New Guinea
  • Ancitha Motsi Semoso, research officer, Autonomous Bougainville Government  Department of Peace Agreement Implementation, Papua New Guinea
  • Ian Getsi Viori, project manager, Bougainville Women’s Federation, Papua New Guinea
  • Patrick Balou Wilson, chief parliamentary research officer, National Parliament, Solomon Islands.
  • Andra Sarah Whiteside, technical project assistant, Marine and Coastal Biodiversity Management in Pacific Island Countries project, Fiji
  • Taateiti David Yeeting, clerk to cabinet, Office of the President, Kiribati