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Who we are

The Pacific Disability Forum works across the Pacific and this is reflected in our board and staff. Learn more about the people who work with us to improve the lives of persons with disabilities in the Pacific below.

Board 

Latoa Halatau (New Zealand)
Co-Chairperson (Male)

Latoa Halatau is the General Manager for Akamarama Advocacy Inc.
 

Villany Remengesau (Palau)
Co-Chairperson (Female)

Villany Remengesau is a member of the Omekasang Association of Palau.

Faatino Utumapu (Samoa)
Board Secretary

Fa'atino is the Office Manager for NOLA in Samoa

Jacquiline Garou (Papua New Guinea)
Board Member

Ms Jacqueline Garoau, is the Co Chairperson of the Papua New Guinea Assembly of Persons with Disabilities.


Teweiriki Teaero (Kiribati) 
Board Member
 

Teweiriki Teaero is the president of Te Toa Matoa 

Samantha French (Australia)
Board Member

Samantha French is the Senior Policy Officer, Employment and Accessibility for PWD Australia.

Mataiti Mataiti (Cook Islands)
Board Member

Mataiti Mataini is the president of the Cook Islands National Disability Congress 

Ofeina Leka(Tonga)

Board Member

Ofeina Leka is the president of Tonga National Visual Impairment Association (TNDC)
 

Melita Delaibau (Fiji) - 
Board Member

Melita Delaibau is the president of the Fiji Association of the Deaf.

                                                                     

Personnel


Setareki Macanawai
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Setareki Macanawai is accountable for the operational management and delivery of a range of business and advisory functions in support of the strategic goals and objectives of the PDF


Raveen Chand
Manager - Finance & Corporate

Mr. Raveen Chand manages the PDF finances and financial reporting for the Secretariat internally and externally including preparation of Annual financial statements. Reporting to the Board and the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee plus the Membership Committee is part of this position. Raveen also manages IT, HRM, Procurement, logistics and the Corporate affairs of the organization and with timely coordination of the daily operational and administration functions as they impact on the financial governance of PDF. He reports to the Chief Executive Officer. 

Katabwena Tawaka
Manager - Preparedness Emergency Response Unit (PERU)


Mr. Katabwena Tawaka is responsible for providing leadership and support to PERU’s programming initiatives, source funding, as well as developing strategies; delivering training; providing technical assistance and developing resources/tools. He also provides mentoring and capacity building on climate change science and adaptation and reports directly to the Director Operations.

Laisa Vereti
Director Operations

Ms. Laisa Vereti ensures the effective delivery of program planning, implementation, reporting, research, evaluation and monitoring, advocacy, information sharing and profile raising services for the Pacific Disability Forum. She reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer.


Angeline Chand
Team Leader  - Programmes
 

Simione Bula
Regional Coordinator - Disaster Risk Reduction.

Mr. Simione Bula is responsible for assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of PERU's Disaster Risk Reduction programme activities and objectives. He reports directly to the Manager - PERU.

Sainimili Tawake 
Regional Coordinator - Climate Change
 

Ms. Sainimili Tawake is responsible for assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of PERU's climate change programme activities and objectives. She reports directly to the Manager - PERU.

Mereoni Daveta
Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Programme Officer

Ms. Mereoni Daveta is responsible is responsible for assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of PDF's programme activities and objectives related to community based inclusive development (50% of time), Pacific accessibility blueprint (30% of time) and assistive products regional program (20% of time). She is also responsible for managing working relationships with PDF stakeholders and monitoring specific projects related to these three strategic priorities. She reports directly to the Team Leader, Programs.

Telesia Kobiti
Research Officer

Ms. Telesia Kobiti undertakes research activities identified and prioritized by the Pacific Disability Forum which addresses the emerging issues facing persons with disabilities within the Pacific region. Working collaboratively with the disabled peoples organisations, NGO's, regional organisations, governments, businesses, Universities, research institutions, and other key stakeholders, she will also contribute to the development of policy frameworks, advocacy strategies, and capacity building programs that will support disability inclusion in compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and related disability frameworks in the region. She reports to the Manager - Policy, Advocacy and Planning

Shahil Chand
IT Officer

Shahil implements and manages the approved PDF services in the area of Information and Technology. He is responsible for the smooth running of computer and Telecommunications systems and ensuring that users get maximum benefits from it. This position reports to the Manager- Finance & Corporate.
 

Ruci Senikula
Programme Officer

Ms. Ruci Senikula is responsible for our youth, indigenous persons with disabilities and inclusive Bugdeting. Generally her role is assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of PDF's programme activities and objectives. The role is also responsible for managing working relationships with PDF stakeholders and monitoring specific projects. She reports directly to the Team Leader, Programmes.

Rosie Catharine
Programme Officer

Ms. Rosie Catherine is responsible for disability inclusive churches and theological schools and intellectual disabilities. Generally her role is assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of PDF's programme activities and objectives. The role is also responsible for managing working relationships with PDF stakeholders and monitoring specific projects. She reports directly to the Team Leader, Programmes.

Maria Miller
Programme Officer

Ms. Maria Miller is responsible for inclusive education and inclusive sports. Generally her role is assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of PDF's programme activities and objectives. The role is also responsible for managing working relationships with PDF stakeholders and monitoring specific projects. She reports directly to the Team Leader, Programmes.

Rohit Prasad
Finance and Admin Assistant

Mr. Rohit Prasad assists the Manager - Finance & Corporate with bookkeeping (general ledger & balance sheet reconciliation, payroll, petty cash, financial reports and accounts processing). He also facilitates administrative support and delivers customer services for the Pacific Disability Forum.

This position prepares payments and receipts for the organization and enters appropriate data the accounting software. The primary financial, accounting and procurement tasks are performed by this position. He also facilitates administrative support and delivers customer services. This position reports to the Manager- Finance & Corporate.


Arieta Dumaru
Executive Assistant

Ms. Arieta Dumaru handles all secretariat work for the Chief Executive Officer. She also supports the Chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the Board Committee. In general, she ensures that all meetings are effectively organised and minuted; maintaining effective records and administration of the Pacific Disability Forum.
 

Nancy Queen
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Nancy Queen will assist the PDF Secretariat team to grow their organization to become the prominent voice of persons with disabilities in the Pacific. Thus she is responsible for all administrative task to support all teams in terms of travels, logistics, and accomodations. She also supports the Finance Team and general customer services and reports to the Manager - Finance and Corporate.


Prashneel Avinesh Kumar
Finance & Admin Assistant


This position will prepare and provide all relevant Finance and Administration related matters to the Manager- Finance & Corporate (MFC) for his reviews and approvals and any work to this position should be relayed by the  MFC. The Finance & Administration Assistant will facilitate all administrative, financial, logistical plus Corporate support to the Preparedness, Emergency and Response Unit (PERU).

Paradise Tabucala
Interim Communications Officer

Paradise is responsible for facilitating the effective management of PDF’s internal awareness programs, events, publications and general communications. She is also be responsible for the successful executive strategic communications outcomes as and when required. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer.
 

Neori Lagi
Office Assistant

Mr. Neori Lagi prepares refreshments for staff and visitors, ensures the office is in a clean and tidy state and runs errands as required.He reports to the Manager - Finance and Corporate

 

Humantarian Trainer

Ms Petra Letter


Ms. Petra Letter who has a Contractual Agreement with RedR Australia is deployed with us, Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) under our MoU with RedR Australia as an expert in the sector of humanitarian response. Since us (PDF), a Regional Organization supported by regional and international Governments and International Non - governmental Organizations (NGO’s) are mandated to execute our obligations specifically in the disability sector working closely with Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) organizations in the Pacific to promote disability inclusion. There is a need for DRR expertise with knowledge and experience of working with persons with disabilities. There is limited resources in the Pacific in this specific area and PDF for which we are indebted and captivated to have RedR Australia provide the much required abetment through secondment of Ms Petra Letter.