(Nominated by Maureen Hilyard)

“Patrick Queet is the General Manager for the Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (PACCERT).  The PacCERT is a not-for-profit CSIRT operating out of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. The PACCERT’s
mission is to facilitate, coordinate and monitor activities related to cyber security and to provide timely and effective responses to cyber security incidents and threats in the Pacific Region.

Prior to taking up leadership of the PACCERT in 2012, Mr Queet spent 6 years with the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Reserve Bank of Fiji.

Mr Queet developed and implemented the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Reporting system used by all Financial Institutions in Fiji and is considered the resident expert in AML systems in the country.”



(Nominated by Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui)

Jackson Miake is the ICT Program Manager at the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer under Prime Minister’s Office for the Government of the Republic of Vanuatu. His role is to develop and implement government policies on ICTs and Telecommunications sector, and has been in the role for 12 months. Prior to taking up this role, he spent 9 years in the private and public sector working as an ICT Analyst and Network Administrator.

Jackson is an active member of PICISOC and advocates for a multi-stakeholder model approach to have the private sector, industry, civil society and governments work together to connect the Pacific Islands to the internet and PICISOC is the start!

He attended the EuroSSIG Summer School on Internet Governance in August 2013 at Meissen, Germany which will be very valuable to the Pacific and PICISOC. He holds a BSc(Computer Science) from Massey University, NZ and is working towards completing a MBA at the end of 2013.


(Nominated by Emani Fakaotimanava-Lui)

Maureen Hilyard is currently the Board Chair of PICISOC (2012-2013) and was Vice Chair (2010-2011); Recently appointed to the ICANN At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC); is a member of APRALO and several working groups associated with ALAC. In the Cook Islands, she founded the Cook Islands Internet Action Group which advocates for internet policies and infrastructure development and is the Cook Islands UNESCO Commissioner for Information and Communication.  As a day job she is an independent consultant currently working as an eLearning Coordinator for USP; a project manager for a social services website and associated social media activities and training; coordinator for an outer island telecentre project;  and co-project managing a canoe building project on behalf of the Cook Islands Canoeing Association.  Other community activities include being Secretary of the CI National Solid Waste Management Committee, member of the Rotary Club of Rarotonga and of the Pan Pacific South East Asia Women’s Association.


Elly TawhaiElly Tawhai

(Nominated by Ellen Strickland)

Elly Tawhai is a Senior Internet Resource Analyst for APNIC. She also acts as the Liaison Officer of APNIC to members and stakeholders in the Pacific region and an associate trainer supporting the APNIC training team.

As a Senior Internet Resource Analyst her role extends to evaluating and analysing network plans from members and the community and making appropriate decisions for the distribution of Internet resources. In her Liaison role, Elly uses knowledge of the Pacific region, networking with new and existing members, and actively participating in events within the community. She also works closely with the training team to conduct training within the region.



Andrew Erbs

Andrew Erbs

(Self Nominated)

Bringing extensive experience within the IT industry in both the health and education sectors, I aim to augment development programs within the Asia Pacific region with emerging, cost effective and relevant information and communication technologies. My ability to build constructive working relationships with counterparts, adapt to changing environments, and my enthusiasm for building both system and human capacity make me a valuable contributor to any program utilizing ICT4D principles for the achievement of national, regional or millennium development goals.