There were only THREE Nominations for the PICISOC Board Elections.
Therefore, no Election was required as there were only three vacant Board Positions that were required to be filled.
The candidates provided the following Bios and on behalf of the Board, we would like to thank them for their commitment to step up and support PICISOC by “volunteering” their time.
I am an active Fiji Community member with a strong background in software development in the banking industry and would love the chance to give back by volunteering my advisory and technical skills.
I am a Software Developer by profession and work with clients on an individual basis to explore ICT Solutions to help their businesses.
I have also have a strong background in the financial sector and possess a broad range of ICT skills.
In addition one of my areas of expertise is in financial digital inclusion.
I am a strong advocate of Women In ICT and to creating digital businesses for Persons with Disability as well as promoting local Entrepreneurship within Fiji and the Pacific Region.
I have co-founded Community Project – Mobile Me Mapathon for Fiji to create an accessibility map of Suva as a pilot in partnership with our local Disability People Organizations.
Kanaan Ngutu is a Government of Kiribati official working as a Senior ICT Officer at the Ministry of Information, Communication, Transport and Tourism Development. He is working on e-Government project and also engaged in Cybersecurity initiatives for the Government. He graduated from the University of the South Pacific in 2014 with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and Information Technology.
He is also a member of the Kiribati Computer and Internet Society where he is the current chairman. An alumni of the International Coperation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), Kanaan has participated in two ICANN meetings, ICANN 60 and ICANN 63 and also been to the Internet Governance Forum in 2016 and 2019.
Kanaan is an avid sports fan with a particular interest in football.
My name is Cherie Lagakali, I am a Database Consultant currently collecting information for APNIC Foundation’s pactraining workshops to be held in the Pacific in 2020. I first joined PICISOC in 2008, received a NetHui Fellowship in 2015 and became a PICISOC board member 2017-2019. During my tenure on the board I have represented PICISOC in ICANN ALS, maintained dialogue for cybersecurity mapping initiatives in the region and joined the organizing committee for PacIGF.
I am an ICANN 63 and ICANN 65 Fellow, moderate the PICISOC mailing list and am also the webmaster for PICISOC site with Emani Lui.
On the board this year we began an initiative celebrating Pacific Women in ICT; promoting the stories of Pacific Women and their contribution to the community. Through this initiative we helped shed light on the difficulties faced by women in the area of ICT also promoting and encouraging other women to join the field.
I personally feel that there are still so many untold success stories in the area of ICT just waiting to be discovered – both men and women and I’d like to promote those stories. I also feel that PICISOC can be a medium of generating the right discussions in the area of cybersecurity, network security, network monitoring and analysis and just plain keeping the network up and running in the Pacific islands.
If we all just started talking to each other, we’d realise that we’re all facing or have encountered the same issues and somebody may have the solution for someone else while someone may have a better way of doing something and we could all progress together as a region. I find and enjoy the ability to link a need to a resource and bringing people together to solve problems. I feel that the Pacific has generated a lot of interest in the last few years and I’d like to help make sure that the focus is on the right things and places where the need is and where there is a potential to make a difference, change a community, change lives!