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Solomon Islands Update 2008

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Honiara Update

Monday 6 October
Solomon Islands Community Update, Honiara

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Edith Bowles
Edith is currently the Country Manger for the World Bank in Solomon Islands. She has fifteen years of professional experience has focused on conflict and post-conflict environments, including Timor-Leste, Myanmar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, and Sri Lanka. In addition to the World Bank, she has also worked for non-government organizations and the United States Agency for International Development. Most recently she has worked on the World Bank program in Timor-Leste and post-cyclone recovery efforts in Myanmar.

Rod Duncan
Rod is a Lecturer in economics and finance at CSU. He studied for his undergraduate degrees in economics and law at the Australian National University and his doctorate in economics at Stanford University. His research interests centre on development problems in Third World countries and especially the links between natural resources and development. He has also been known to write on such disparate topics as the relationship between rising female education and falling marriage rates and on global warming policy.

Ron Duncan
Ron is a Professor Emeritus of the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. He is Editor of the Asian-Pacific Economic Literature journal and Joint Editor of the Pacific Economic Bulletin. Ron's previous role was as Foundation Executive Director of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance at the University of the South Pacific. Ron's research and teaching interests are in the economics and governance of developing countries, agricultural and trade policy, competition policy, primary commodity markets, and management of natural resources. His primary developing country interests are in countries of the South Pacific and East Asia.

Karen Foimua
Karen Foimua is the Marketing Manager of Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau. She joined the Bureau in November 2005. Prior to her appointment at the National Tourism Office, she joined Guadalcanal Travel Service as an Inbound Travel Consultant and Cruise Ship Coordinator from year 2000 to 2005. Karen holds a bachelors of Arts degree with majors in Tourism Studies and Management from the University of the South Pacific.

Dick Ha’amori
Dick is the Director of the Solomon Islands College for Higher Education.

Norman Hatigeva
Norman is the Dean of Academic Services for Solomon Islands College for Higher Education.

Peter Hooton Mr Hooton is a career officer who joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1974. He has served previously overseas as Deputy High Commissioner in Fiji (1994-96) and as High Commissioner to Samoa (2001-03). Mr Hooton has also had postings in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He was most recently Assistant Secretary, Pacific Regional and New Zealand Branch.

Rt Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea KBE PC
Sir Peter is the Speaker for the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. He was first elected as the Speaker of National Parliament on 20th December 2001. On 24th April 2006 he stood unopposed for the position and was re-elected to serve his second consecutive term as Speaker of National Parliament. Sir Peter was also a former Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, holding the position for three terms. Before this Sir Peter had an illustrious career in the Solomon Islands Civil Service.

Gus Kraus
Gus is currently the General Manager for Commercial Services at Solomon Airlines. Gus commenced his aviation career in 1968 with Talair in Goroka and moved to ANSETT AIRLINES PNG in 1969 based in Rabaul. After a few years between Ansett Airlines and the Shipping Industry with Robert Laurie Carpenters Shipping, and a small stint in Brisbane, Gus recommenced an airline career with Air Niugini in 1974 again in Rabaul and spent nearly 14years in various senior positions. Gus joined the newly established Solomon Islands Airlines in 1988 as Commercial Manager.

David Junior Ma'ai
David is the Manager of People First Network (PFNet), a rural community communication network designed to provide a sustainable service for rural population of the Solomon Islands. He consults regularly with community leaders, executives of the different stakeholders, donor partners and private business/organizations. Prior to his current position, he was the Technical Manager overseeing all the technical aspects of the network. He was born and raised in the Solomon Island. Attended University of Technology in Papua New Guinea and graduated with Bachelor of Computer Science in 2001. He is leading PFNet towards the implementation of new/improved ICT into the rural Solomon Islands.

Vincent Nomae
Vincent is the Manager of Economics at the Central Bank of Solomon Islands. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Economics from UPNG and has a post graduate studies in Economics at USP in Fiji.

Craig Sudgen
Craig is a Country Economist with the ADB's Pacific Department. He holds a Masters of Economics. In his current position, Craig is responsible for the monitoring and diagnosis of economic performance and the provision of economic support to the Pacific, with an emphasis on the Fiji Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste. Prior to joining ADB, he worked as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the Australian Agency for International Development, the World Bank and private business. He has worked in all Pacific Developing Member Countries with a focus on economic policy, the public finances and public sector reform.

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