Letitia Masaea

Ms. Letitia Masaea (Solomon Islands), Chair

Letitia Masaea is a Solomon Islander, an ICT professional working for the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and have been serving on the Board since 2020.

Letitia is passionate about the work she does and is heavily involved in promoting ICT careers and opportunities amongst women and girls in the Solomon Islands. She is also a co-founder for Women in IT Solomon Islands (WITSI) and is instrumental in Cyber awareness talks and advocating for women and girls to be SMART when using the internet.

Whilst serving on the Board, Letitia continues to pursue opportunities for it’s members, involved in community engagement, actively collaborate with multistakeholder partners while strengthening internal processes and governance working alongside Board members for a more vibrant and engaged Pacific Islands Chapter. Letitia has been involved in the Pacific IGF2021 and is excited to be a fellow in the upcoming APrIGF 2022. Letitia would like to see more Pacific women in leadership roles and continues to encourage ICT women to retain their interests in this field with the aim to help bridge the gender leadership and digital divide.

Andrew Molivurae

Mr. Andrew Molivurae (Vanuatu), Vice Chair

Andrew Molivurae is Ni-Vanuatu working as Internet Governance & Child Online Protection Officer with the Telecommunications & Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR). Prior to that he was IT Billing Engineer for Digicel Vanuatu Ltd, IT Manager for Vanuatu SDA Mission, Internet Technician for Telecom Vanuatu Ltd and Systems Administrator for Vanuatu Financial Services Commission. Apart from the full time jobs, he was also founding Chair of Vanuatu IT Users Society (VITUS) which is a legal ICT Charitable Association in Vanuatu and an ICANN ALS (with over 200 members) that was formed in 2005.  He has been a member of the Pacific Chapter of the ISOC since 2004, was a Board member from 2007 to 2011 and was Chair and Vice Chair of the PICISOC Board from 2009 to 2011. As Member of the Vanuatu National ICT Development Committee he has been an advocate for ICT development in Vanuatu for over 10 years. He has participated in many international ICT meetings that included, 5 ICANN meetings, 3 APrIGF meetings, 2 Pacific IGF meetings, 1 IETF meeting, 6 PICISOC events (PacINET) and some other International events. He has also been an ICANN Fellow at Singapore, Helsinki and Panama last June.  His current role at TRR mainly deals with Internet Governance issues and one key achievement so far is the finalization of the Regulation for the Management and Administration of the .vu ccTLD. He is also engaged in Cyber Security awareness around Vanuatu under the TRR Consumer Protection Regulation Andrew is keen to serve on the PICISOC board again and one key aspect that he would like to see is that the Pacific IGF becomes a key ICT annual event for the Pacific Islands region similar to the previous PaciNET events.

Kenneth Katafono

Mr. Kenneth Katafono (Fiji), Vice Chair

Kenneth Katafono was elected to the board in 2021 and is a Fijian ICT professional, consultant, and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in the design, development, and implementation of digital technologies in the Pacific.

In 2017, together with his wife Shauna, he founded Traseable Solutions – a Fijian data company and consulting firm that specialises in digitalisation and traceability solutions. Traseable works in the Pacific agriculture, fisheries, forestry and health sectors. In addition to Traseable, Ken is an international consultant and has worked on projects for the ADB, FAO, GIZ, and UNESCAP.

Sarai Tevita

Ms. Sarai Faleupolu Tevita (Samoa), Secretary

Sarai Faleupolu Tevita, NUS ICT Director, from National University of
Samoa. Born in Samoa. Attended University of Southern Queensland, Toowomba,
Australia in pursing Master’s in information technology and Systems and graduated in 2019. Attended Massey University, NZ in pursing Bachelor of Business Information Systems
and Technology and graduated in 2002.

Professional goals: Oversee the infrastructure of technical operations of an organization especially in education sector, manage team of IT people,track technology in order to minimize security risks, increase user satisfaction, and achieve operations and business goals .
Personal goals: Stay proactive and open minded to new opportunities and
learn to accept limitations.

Work experience : About 20 years work experience in IT field in financial, agricultural and education sectors in Samoa.

Contribution to the Samoa IT Association : Selected as the first female President 2022/2023 under the SITA umbrella. Being an executive members since the SITA revived in 2019.

Contribution to the PICISOC : Enhance collaborative work with the communities and be responsible and accountable of any plans and actions to be implemented for the benefit of the Pacific Community. I understand that this forum considers transparency and accountability and good governance in its operation and I totally agreed with this practice. We can share a common goal and work together to take as the Pacific Way.  

Mr. Timoci Tuisawau (Fiji), Treasurer

Having worked in various sectors (public, private and NGO) in the country I have experienced various aspects of how technology is applied and used across these sectors. Each sector is a specialty on its own and has its own set of challenges in terms of IT. Taking a cross section of this there are commonalities that may also be found in challenges faced. Having attended many workshops, meetings, education and discussions across the region and globally I have also found that many of these challenges face on a sectoral and national level are also common across regions. This is where I believe that my contribution as a member of the board of PICISOC would be most valuable. To be able to give advice and contribute to policy and processes on a national and regional level is where many of these challenges may be evaluated, investigated, addressed and monitored.

In terms of experience, over the years, I have experience across the whole spectrum of IT. I started out as a programmer and have gained certifications in oracle databases. I moved on to systems and networking and have a wide experience across servers, storage networking and systems. I have worked in the infrastructure field of data networks with practical and certification in network and voice cabling (UTP and fibre), wireless networking, radio backbone links, satellite technologies, Video, Voice, routing and switching. Across the whole stack of IT I have worked on designing, configuration, implementation and maintenance of the whole suite of technologies. Amongst the certifications achieved I was certified as a CDCP and CDCS from Singapore. This helped me design the Fiji Governments Tier 3 Data Centre, the first of its kind in the country and the Pacific region (excluding Australia and New Zealand).

I have extensive experience and field work in projects and project management. Over the past years I have led teams of people and helped promote self evaluation and high performance across many landscapes.

Ms. Seluvaia Kauvaka (Tonga)

Malo e lelei and Greetings, I am Seluvaia (Selu for short) Kauvaka from the friendly islands of Tonga.

I am currently the Chief System Analyst for the Ministry of MEIDECC (Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change, Communications and CERT). I previously worked for 7 years in Digicel Tonga Limited and 3 years for Digicel Samoa Limited as their Senior IP Engineer. I am passionate about learning new technologies and sharing new techniques. I’ve been a member of PICISOC for quite a while now and would like to step up and be part of the Board as I noticed there aren’t any Tongans currently in the Board, I want to push and revive work in Tonga actively through PICISOC.

I am a network engineer by background but one of those ITs who has come a long way from support helpdesk from reformatting, cabling, configuring and routing, you name it. I am a strong advocate for Women in ICT.  Ive started an NGO named Tonga Women in ICT (TWICT) that started in 2018, with a mission of “Empowering women and girls to engage with information and communication technologies (ICT’s) in a range of exciting ways and fully participate in the ICT industry. “I am also the current Chairlady of this NGO. I am currently the lead engineer pushing projects NICT (National ICT) and E-Government in the Tongan Government today. Looking forward to the day this is fully deployed and see how technology has made a difference in the Government work moving forward.

I enjoy very much sitting down with fellow ICT members – male and female – to talk and discuss valuable solutions for the nation (Tonga) even the Pacific as a whole. Ive been involved in many international and regional meetings and workshops from ICANN, APNIC, PACNOG, IGF, and many more. I’m very passionate about a better ICT world in the PACIFIC and I want to actively help push support ideas and be a part of this development alongside other Board members to develop a better robust and more communicated ICT world in the Pacific.

Ms. Flare Namaliu (PNG)

Flare Namaliu was elected to the board in 2021 and is an ICT professional from PNG.