Samoa update 2007
Desmond is currently a lecturer at the School of Management and Public Administration at the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. He is also a former senior officer for both the Ministry of Finance and the PSC in Samoa.
Mr Heiko Bammann is the Farming Systems Development and Marketing Officer at FAO's Sub-regional Office for the Pacific Islands in Apia, Samoa. Mr Bammann holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Agricultural Economics, Socio-Economics and Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics from the University of Göttingen, Germany. Over the past twelve years Mr Bammann developed a series of projects aimed at providing income and employment opportunities for rural farming families in Pacific Island countries. The projects also promoted the use of sustainable agriculture techniques, sound farm management, and good planning and marketing decisions. Since early 2000, the work focus has shifted towards supporting agribusinesses and market driven farm enterprises, working with service providers from both government and non-government agencies.
As a New Zealand based economist, Paul has over the last two decades undertaken research for a wide range of public and private sector organisations, addressing local, national, and cross-national issues. Paul is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University, Wellington. Paul's recent research has focused on the changing patterns of paid and unpaid work at the level of both the individual and the family. This has included research on fertility and 'family-friendly' policies; changes in educational participation of women and men; the changing role of fathers within families; as well as ethnic differences in labour market outcomes. Other recent research has included a study of ethnic intermarriage in New Zealand and a project on gender and migration.
Tony Everitt is currently the Chief Executive of south-pacific.travel, Suva, Fiji and south-pacific.travel markets and develops Tourism in the South Pacific. A team of 10, serving 14 state members from Papua New Guinea in the west to Tahiti in the east, plus 200 private sector members including airlines, hotels, activity and tour operators, and travel agents. Previously, Tony worked for Tourism New Zealand and he held three executive roles including Regional Manager Japan (Tokyo), Manager Marketing Operations (Wellington), and Regional Manager Asia (Singapore). Tony has managed marketing teams working with industry players to develop and implement tourism marketing programmes for New Zealand. Tony holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University, where he won a Senior Prize International Business. Tony also completed a Bachelor of Forestry Science with first class honours from Canterbury University.
|Seumanutafa Malaki Iakopo
Seumanutafa is the CEO for the Ministry of Agriculture
|Afioga Magele Mauiliua Magele
Magele is the current Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa. He has been with the university since 1998 and is an expert on leadership and management in tertiary education in Samoa.
|Aliimuamua Esekia Solofa
Aliimuamua Esekia Solofa is a specialist in eduactaional and public sector reforms. He is a former Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific. Before joining the University of the South Pacific he was Chairperson of the Samoan Public Service Commission. At present Aliimuamua is Chairman of the Samoan Government Salary and Wages Tribunal. He has also undertaken a number of consultancy assignments in Samoa and the Pacific region.
Maree Tait joins Ron Duncan as editor of PEB and manages the Pacific Outreach Program which facilitates some 20 community and policy discussions on the Island Pacific countries each year. She manages GDLN - Australia, out of the Crawford School, and is a founding member of the governing committee of GNLN - Asia Pacific. She initiated a Pacific Leaders Virtual Forum. Maree was Founding and Managing member of Asia Pacific Press, 1996 unitil early 2007 and formally Editor for National Centre for Development Studies, publishing over 400 monographs. She was Executive Editor of the Cambridge Series on Trade and Development and of Asia Pacific Press.
|Afioga Afamasaga Toleafoa
An economist by training, Afamasaga served for 20 years as a diplomat for Samoa. After leaving diplomatic life, he served a term as Member of Parliament, and as a consultant in public sector reform, governance,including village government. Afamasaga is a regular contributor to print media and radio in Samoa and the region.
Kolone is the Co-Managing Director of KVA Consult.
Bob Warner is International Projects Manager at the Centre of International Economics. He has worked for the Industries Assistance Commission and the World Bank. Bob's areas of expertise include trade, investment and industry policy, assessing the socioeconomic effects of integration, and governance and institutional development.