Commonwealth Broadband Pacific Forum 2017

Adolfo Montenegro

Adolfo Montenegro

Montenegro is a Pacific Telecom Industry Executive and Consultant with over 30 years of experience. He is executive for FSM Cable Corporation, an open access entity owned by the Government of FSM. He is currently a consultant contracted by the Government of American Samoa advising on Telecommunication policy and strategy. From 2008 through to 2016, Montenegro was the CEO for Bluesky Pacific Group operating in American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand. He was the VP for Telefonica in the US, previously worked for AT&T in the US. He holds Bachelors Engineering from Cooper Union. Masters Engineering from University of Southern California.

Fu’a Hazelman

Fu’a Hazelman

Fu’a Hazelman had 30+ years of work experience (in Hawaii, Upstate New York, Fiji, Thailand and Samoa) in the fields of office management, development studies, education, and tourism. She is currently Chairperson of the Board of Directors for SENESE Inclusive Education Services, an NGO tasked with training and providing Teacher Aides to assist children with disabilities in the classrooms. Fu’a is also a Board member of Animal Protection Society (APS) and Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA), and former CEO for Samoa Tourism Authority (STA). Having returned to Samoa from overseas postings, she decided to give back to society her respective experiences and knowledge to the communities.

Alwyn Danitofea

Alwyn Danitofea

Prior to his working carrier, Was Graduated from the University of the South Pacific with an undergraduate degree in computing and later graduated with a Master’s degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
In relation to his working carrier, he started his working carrier with the office of the Prime minister in the Solomon Islands. Late in 2015, he was appointed as the director of communication at the Ministry of communication and Aviation, Solomon Islands.

Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa

Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa

Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa is CEO of Samoa’s first IT company Computer Services Ltd. (CSL) setup by the Government of Samoa to bring IT into Samoa. Many of the ICT projects and developments in the last 38 years in Samoa has been instigated and implemented by CSL. Laeimau was trained at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, and attended leadership training at the Harvard University, Boston, USA. Laeimau was also the first Prime Minister of New Zealand fellowship recipient recommended by the Government of Samoa for her ICT contribution. Her current interests comprise of e-Government, Cloud computing, Big Data, ICT Security and IoT to name a few, for Samoa’s ICT sector development.
Laeimau leads a team of ICT professionals in CSL in driving the current Samoa National Broadband Highway project, a Government of Samoa ICT initiative, as well as being on steering committees of ICT developments in Samoa, with the current Tui Samoa Cable, Samoa’s new marine cable currently being implemented.

Maryann Lameko-Vaai

Maryann Lameko-Vaai

Maryann began her career in financial services at Lesa ma Penn Accounting firm in 1999. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Samoa Institute of Accountants and CPA Australia.

Maryann has 15 years of work experience in finance, accounting, auditing and investment. In 2012, Maryann joined Westpac Bank Samoa as Head of Finance and Operations and became the first local and female to head the Bank of South Pacific, the largest multinational bank in PNG’s operations in Samoa.

Maryann is a board member for various NGOs and government organizations including National Health Services, SENESE Inclusive Education, Leadership Samoa and is a council member of the Samoa Institute of Accountants.

Douglas Creevey

Douglas Creevey

Group CEO of the Bluesky Pacific group of companies in American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands and New Zealand.
Douglas has worked over 25 years in the Mobile Cellular industry in various companies in New Zealand and the South Pacific islands, Asia and the Middle East, most previously as Country Manager of Bluesky New Zealand and Bluesky Samoa, and Chief Operating Officer of Bluesky American Samoa. Prior to Bluesky, roles included building Digicel mobile networks in Samoa, PNG, Fiji and Vanuatu, following design and management of mobile networks in Vodafone New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong.
Douglas was born and raised in Samoa. He has an MBA from Massey University, and Engineering degree from Auckland University in New Zealand.

Ari Hazelman

Ari Hazelman

Ari Hazelman is visually impaired (blind)and has 3 years experience in the area of Inclusive Education, in particular working with blind children in teaching them Braille and basic computer skills that enable them to participate fully in school. He received hisCertificate 3 in Disability from the Australian Pacific Technical College, in 2012.
In 2013, he was the first Samoan who is blind to be chosen to attend the Teruko Ikeda ICT training for the blind which was held in Malaysia where they were introduced to a new free and open source screen reader, as well as basic sound editing and basic webpage design.
He was also the president of the Samoa Blind Persons Association, (SBPA) from 2016 – 2017 and is currently a member of Nuanua O Le Alofa, (NOLA) and its youth committee.
He is also very passionate about disability rights issues, including the right to have access to information and the right to share information.
He is also an avid user of social media, (Facebook) and shares information about his life as a person who is blind, as well as news and views.

Donnie Defreitas

Donnie Defreitas

Donnie Defreitas has three decades of experience in the telecommunications industry, focusing mainly on policy development and regulation of the sector.
He holds a Masters in Electronic Engineering from Institute Superior Jose Antonio Echeverria, in Havana, Cuba. His achievements include the playing a leading role in negotiating with Cable and Wireless for the termination of its monopoly in the Caribbean and the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL), the regional regulatory body for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States sub-region.
Regulator for Samoa, for2009 to 2015 he now serves as Director of the Pacific Regional ICT Regulatory Development Project (PiRRC), a World Bank funded project housed at the University of the South Pacific, PiRRC has a mandate to provide support for Pacific Islands Countries in ICT regulatory matters.

Farid Mohammed

Farid Mohammed

Recently appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Digicel Samoa, Farid is responsible for delivering Digicel’s unique brand of best value, best service and best network in the Samoan market.

A valued member of the Digicel family with over 10 years’ tenure across the Pacific Region in various roles, Farid has extensive experience in Finance, Commercial and Operations extending from Mobile through to TV and Business Solutions.

Farid holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting from University of South Australia, is a qualified accountant and a member of CPA Australia.

Filomena Nelson

Filomena Nelson

Filomena Nelson works for the Government of Samoa as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Disaster Management Office under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. She is a graduate from the University of the South Pacific. She has 17 years of experience as a public servant in financial, human resource and project management, out of this number, 12 years were specifically spent on emergency response, preparedness, recovery and risk reduction up to now including the coordination of response to the tsunami in 2009 and cyclone Evan in 2012. She is the current Chair of the UNESCO IOC’s Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.

Hanson Waki

Hanson Waki

Hanson Waki is currently working as the Universal Access Project Coordinator for the Vanuatu Government UAP Project (Pay or Play approach). She has recently join the industry and is passionate to contribute more on development of Telecommunications/ICT industry overall. However with her experience on project coordination, Vanuatu is expecting to launch 98% population coverage by end of this year 2017.
Hanson is anticipating to graduate with Bachelor of professional Accounting in the coming months.

Honourable Mose Iulio Pelasio

Honourable Mose Iulio Pelasio

The Honourable Mose Pelasio was appointed to the Tokelau Executive Governing Council “Council” as Minister for Telecommunications Tokelau (Teletok) in 2014. He was also appointed as Minister for Fisheries in June 2017. Hon. Pelasio worked at FAO/UNDP Regional Fishery Support Programme in Suva, Fiji. He returned to Tokelau and worked at the Department of Economic Development, Natural Resources and Environment (EDNRE), paving his way to the Director’s position. Hon. Pelasio was still working for Tokelau through the EDNRE Department when he was first elected as the Pulenuku of Fakaofo in 2014. Hon. Pelasio is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Honourable Ped Peter Shanel

Honourable Ped Peter Shanel

Honourable Agovaka of Solomon Islands was elected into the 10th National Parliament of Solomon Islands in 2015. He is aligned with the United Democratic Party (UDP).
He was first elected into Parliament in 2006 as Leader of Independent Party. Hon. Agovaka is the former Minister of Commerce, Industries, Labour and Immigration; Foreign Affairs and External Trade; Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening; and Chairman of the Education Committee. Hon. Agovaka is currently the Minister of Communication and Aviation. is a graduate of Electrical Engineering at the North Sydney School of Engineering, Australia and also at the Telecom College in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni

Honourable Siaosi Sovaleni

Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni was appointed on 31st December 2014 as the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga and Minister for MEIDECC. He is a member of Agenda, Privileges and Environment Standing Committees of the Tonga Legislative Assembly.
He has also been recently appointed as Minster for Foreign Affairs on March 6th, 2017.

As the Manager of the Pacific ICT Outreach Program (PICTO) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) he led the development of the regional Framework for Action on ICT for Development in the Pacific – a regional policy to guide ICT as a key tool for development in the Pacific Islands. He also managed the EU ACP funded ‘ICT Access for the Poor’ project and led advisory missions to twelve (12) parliaments in the Pacific.
Hon Sovaleni served more than 10 years as a senior official at the Ministry of Finance. While at the Ministry he established the Government of Tonga Network (GOTNet) linking most ministries with fibre optic cables. He also worked on the first cybercrime legislation in the Pacific – Computer Crime Act 2003, and led the implementation of the Government’s Finance and HR systems. He was the Deputy Secretary (DS) for Finance – Corporate Services when he left to join SPC.

Klée Aiken

Klée Aiken

Klée Aiken is the External Relations Manager with APNIC, the Regional Internet Registry for the Asia-Pacific. In this role he works to promote APNIC’s vision of a global, open, stable, and secure Internet across the region’s 56 economies as well as internationally. Prior to joining the team he was an analyst with the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) where he researched domestic and regional cyber policy developments. He has also spent several years working in DC, serving a stint with the International Technology and Trade Associates. Klée holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Lemalu Muaautasi Hermann Paul Retzlaff

Lemalu Muaautasi Hermann Paul Retzlaff

Lemalu Muaautasi Hermann Paul Retzlaff was appointed the Attorney General of Samoa in April 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), Bachelor of Law, and a Masters of Law with Honours, received from the University of Auckland. He has worked in the private sector and had various business investments, but has primarily been a public servant. He worked as a New Zealand Immigration legal officer, a Senior Lecturer of Commercial Law at the National University of Samoa, before going into ten years of Litigation work as a Crown Prosecutor (‘DA’) and Deputy Public Defender managing public defence service offices for the New Zealand Ministry of Justice.

Lefaoalii Unutoa Footi

Lefaoalii Unutoa Footi

Lefaoali’i is the Regulator of Samoa for Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Electricity and Postal. She joined the Office of the Regulator in 2009 as the Manager for Spectrum Management and Technical Services before her appointment as the Regulator in 2015. Lefaoali’i is the first Samoan to be appointed at this role succeeding two overseas based Regulators.
She has 15 years working experience as a technical/engineer for various sectors including Broadcasting, ICT, Telecommunications Sector and Breweries. She was instrumental in helping established OOTR Regulatory Framework through Telecom Reform programmes. Lefaoali’i also involved in empowering females in Samoa to take up ICT as a Career by initiating the celebration of Girls in ICT in Samoa.
Lefaoali’i has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) from RMIT University, Melbourne Australia and a Masters of Engineering (Engineering Management) from the University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari

Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari

Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari has been the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa since August 2011. Ms. Enari joined the Central Bank in 1991. She held a number of senior positions including Manager of the Financial Markets Department responsible for reserve and liquidity management, foreign and money market operations and exchange rate management. She serves as the Chairman of the Boards of the Central Bank of Samoa and the Samoa International Finance Authority.
Ms Enari is an Economist and Lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Business in Economics, Banking and Finance from University of Southern Queensland (Australia), a Master of Science in International Economics, Banking and Finance from the University of Wales (UK), and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) from the University of the South Pacific (Fiji and Vanuatu).

Marc Lipton

Marc Lipton

Marc Lipton, Research Director for the Pacific ICT Regulatory Resource Centre (“PIRRC”) since September, 2015, is a graduate of Washington University and Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Over the last thirty-plus years, Marc has actively participated in resolving issues that prompted seismic change in the telecommunications industry and in the way people in the interact with one another: the post-divestiture restructure of the former Bell System, the development, regulation and censorship of the internet, the increasing demand for faster consumer broadband, and the rapid adoption and evolution of wireless technologies. Marc holds five U.S. patents, and practiced law for AT&T and its predecessor companies prior to moving to Baghdad and advising the Iraqi government on growing and regulating Iraq’s telecom market. Thereafter, he moved to Kabul and performed World Bank-funded contracts advising Afghanistan on the subjects of Open Access, electronic government and ICT market development. He was next recruited to assist World Bank funded efforts to improve the cost structure of three Caribbean nations’ internal government communications and increase internet penetration among their citizens. He has lectured on telecommunications law and regulation at numerous US law schools.

Maria Melei Tagiilima Biodata

Maria Melei Tagiilima Biodata

Maria has been with the Pacific Department of ADB for over eleven years – previously managing ADB’s program of assistance for Tonga, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands and Palau. She joined the Pacific Department’s ICT team in 2013, responsible for developing and managing ICT investment and technical assistance projects in the Pacific region.

Maria returned to Samoa in August 2016 to join ADB’s recently established extended mission. In this role, Maria has assumed responsibility as the ADB Country Team Leader for Samoa managing its program of assistance as well as supporting implementation of its ongoing projects. Specifically, Maria is managing a broadband investment for Samoa, jointly financed with the World Bank and the Government of Australia, as well as the renewable energy development project, jointly financed with the Government of NZ and the European Union. Maria holds a masters degree in business administration and worked for the public and private sectors in the areas of public sector management, business development and structural reforms prior to joining ADB.

Martin Cocker

Martin Cocker

Martin Cocker joined Netsafe as CEO in 2006, after working in the ICT industry for 12 years. Netsafe is an independent, not for profit organisation focused on online safety. They have several partnerships across a range of sectors and groups ‐ working across online bullying, educational resources, consumer protection and policy advice and development in New Zealand.

Maui Sanford

Maui Sanford

Maui SANFORD provides consulting and expertise services to regulators, operators and services providers / suppliers in the ICT and Telecommunications areas.

Neo Teck Guan

Neo Teck Guan

Mr. Neo Teck Guan is the Director of National ICT Strategy and Business Development, Huawei South Pacific Region. He has over 28 years of experience in the ICT industries, with primary focus on Cloud Computing, Smart Nation/City Solutions, Data Centre and IT Outsourcing in Asia Pacific. His recent projects include support for Singapore Smart Nation 2025 initiatives, led the Marketing Execution Team for Huawei Cloud Services in Huawei South Pacific region, and support of Philippines National Broadband Plan (NBP) project.

Honourable Monise Laafai

Honourable Monise Laafai

Honourable Monise Laafai is the Minister for Communications and Transport, Tuvalu. He was appointed Minister in in 2013. He has attended many telecommunications development conferences and most recently the World Summit of the Information Society conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Hon. Monise is a former Minister of Finance, and General Manager of the Tuvalu Cooperative Society.

Robert Suber

Robert Suber

With 30 years’ experience working in leading telecommunications corporations, Robert has been at the forefront of commercial relationships with Satcom businesses based in Europe, USA and South East Asia. Today, Robert is the Managing Sales Director at Intelsat, responsible for customers represented by Carriers, Service Providers and Integrators across the Oceania region.

Prior to joining Intelsat, Robert held technical, sales and marketing management positions for Telstra, Optus, Bell Canada and Hills Industries. During this time, Robert has led teams of specialist satellite staff highly experienced in design, engineering, product and project management. Robert went on to lead Intelsat’s Oceania team creating solutions which enable connectivity for the region’s most remote customers. Today, working with Intelsat, Robert is helping to re-define the role of satellite as a technology to compliment core telecom demands rather than just providing solutions at the margin.

Robert has his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Southern Cross University and is a Telecommunications Graduate of Telstra’s Training Academy. Robert’s strength in B2B markets and strategic marketing facilitates identification and development of commercial opportunities for those businesses operating within the satellite value chain. This is achieved through Robert’s intimate understanding of the satellite industry and the value developed by integrating the space and ground segment for its customers.

Professor Rajesh Chandra

Professor Rajesh Chandra

Professor Rajesh Chandra is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of the South Pacific. He has led its ICT development since 1986 and is passionately committed to the development and utilization of ICTs. Professor Chandra is the Chairman of the Council of Regional Organizations of the Pacific (CROP) ICT Working Group with a mandate for co-ordinating ICT development in Forum Island countries. He has published widely and made many keynote presentations. He is a member of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Board Director of Transparency International Fiji, and Chairman of the Board of Sugar Research Institute of Fiji.

Susana Laulu

Susana Laulu

Ms. Susana Laulu joined the Development Bank of Samoa in December 2008. Since then she has held senior positions within DBS before her appointment to CEO in March 2014. Prior to DBS, she has worked in the private sector for local and international businesses in the areas of accounting, audit and financial management. She is a board member of the Association of DFIs in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and the Association of DFIs in the Pacific (ADFIP). Outside of work, she contributes her time and talents through voluntary work for NGOs and community. She is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the University of the South Pacific.