Kelera Bativou is the Project Assistant Officer at the PIANGO Secretariat.
Her role is very important as she works with all sections in the Secretariat. This includes logistics support for Programmes, administration support to Executive Director and Finance support to Finance department.
She has over 10 years of working experience in statutory bodies and non-government organisations.
Kelera holds a Diploma in Business Studies (Applied Computing) from the Fiji National University, and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Business Studies majoring in Accounting.
Off duty Kelera loves to cook traditional dishes and take herself on adventures.
Laitia Tamata has been engaged in regional and global development issues for over 30years.
He started as a Fiji Civil Servant in 1980 before he was engaged in international peace keeping and humanitarian work with the UN in Lebanon and the Multinational Forces and Observers in Sinai Egypt from 1984 to 1996.
Laitia graduated with an LLB in 1999 and worked with the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies (IJALS) of the University of the South Pacific (USP) as a Research Fellow on a Legal Literacy Project from 2000 – 2002.
His experiences include UNICEF as a Child Rights Adviser from 2002 – 2003; a Court Room Lawyer with Legal Aid, and a Policy Analyst with the Fiji Government Office of the Prime Minister in 2003. Since then, he has been engaged in human rights and development, promoting the right to development; amongst other fundamental human rights.
He has experience with various Pacific regional organizations including UNICEF Pacific, the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation, the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (USP).
Laitia is a Technical Adviser at PIANGO working on 2 focus areas – “Next Generation Leadership” and “Decolonization and Self-Determination” which includes engagement in supporting the efforts of the people of West Papua and other Pacific territories on decolonization.
In his own time, Laitia enjoys taking part in his village development work. At home, he keeps a garden where he has vegetables and roots crops for physical recuperation and personal consumption. Otherwise, he is enjoying time with his 11 grandchildren.
Akmal Ali is a Special Projects Officer for the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO).
Akmal’s current major projects include piloting of a code of minimum standards for CSOs in Fiji, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Guam, Samoa and Tonga. He also coordinates the Pacific Students’ network which comprises of umbrella student bodies from around the Pacific Islands region.
Post cyclone Winston Akmal was part of the team that reactivated the NGO Disaster Coordination Centre (NDCC) with PIANGO’s National Liaison Unit (NLU) and the Fiji Council of Social Services (FCOSS). Akmal after reactivation of the Centre served as the Coordinator for the duration of the state of emergency.
Akmal was formerly employed as the Secretary General of the University of the South Pacific Students’ Association Federal Office. He has worked in the Pacific region from 2006. He is a strong advocate of the Pan Pacific identity and the aspirations of the Pacific as a whole. He holds a post graduate diploma in Social Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Politics and Sociology.
Akmal has successfully passed an induction to diplomatic service run the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Public Service Commission for the Government of Fiji. If not working, Akmal loves to cook, socialise and entertain friends and guests by hosting dinners at his home.
Ekta Singh is the Finance and Projects officer at the PIANGO Secretariat.
In addition to her Finance duties, she is currently assisting in the Self Determination and Decolonization project which she finds really interesting as this project works towards assisting Pacific CSOs to effectively articulate self-determination and lobby for decolonization in the Pacific which includes kanaky, Bougainville and West Papua.
Having a working experience of over 10 years, she has worked in private as well as civil society sector. Her experience ranges from profit making to advocacy to going to the other side of the pole which is peace building.
She is also pursuing studies at the Fiji National University in Diploma in Finance and has interests in human resources and industrial relations.
When not at work, Ekta loves to cook Indian food or rather experiment with it and also finds time to reflect on her life.
ALANIETA VAKATALE (LANI) is the Pacific Regional Coordinator for the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE), based with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO).
Her work within PIANGO is funded by the CPDE and focuses specifically on coordinating the work of the Pacific CPDE Secretariat (PIANGO) and engaging with other Pacific island civil society stakeholders on topics ranging from CSO Development Effectiveness, CSO Accountability, Enabling Environment and Human Rights Based Approaches to Development.
She was formerly the Pacific Regional Coordinator for the Beyond 2015 campaign of which PIANGO, and 6 of its National Liaison Units (Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Samoa, PNG & Kiribati) were a part.
A qualified lawyer, she has worked in the NGO sector in Fiji, focusing on issues relevant to Gender equality, Democracy and Human Rights.
She previously worked in property law specifically in the area of Customary Land Law and within the Trade Union movement. On occasion she has worked for Transparency International Fiji.
Married to Sefanaia Valesimede with 3 girls – she’s also interested in education for Special needs children & mental health awareness.
Sushil Patel is the Communications Officer at PIANGO. His role includes policy analysis and policy advocacy linked to community issues.
He is responsible for the production of the PIANGO magazine – Pacific 2030, and managing social media for PIANGO. This includes searching, collating and sharing information related to PIANGO’s work on facebook and through twitter.
Sushil has worked in Pacific regional organisations including University of the South Pacific (USP), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and feminist organisations.
“….so he comes with keen interest in areas of Developmental theory, Climate Change and Food Security.”
Having graduated from USP with a BA in Sociology and Journalism 2008 he is currently pursuing Post Graduate Studies in Social Policy and Administration.
In his free time Sushil, enjoys reading, writing for his blog, and watching bollywood movies.
Emele Duituturaga is PIANGO’s Executive Director commencing from 2009 to date. In this role, she has been instrumental in PIANGO’s re-emergence as a regional and global civil society development actor.
She was one of the founding Global Co-Chairs of the newly formed CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) based in the Philippines. She is also the Pacific representative on the Global Executive Council of the International Forum for National Platforms based in Paris. She has also been appointed as one of the 10 member Global Advisory Group for Bread for the World, based in Berlin.
Prior to joining PIANGO she was a Research Associate at the University of the South Pacific from 2007-2009 and the Fiji Government CEO from 2004 to 2007 for the ministry of Women, Social Welfare, Poverty Alleviation and Housing.
Prior to 2007, Emele worked in the Pacific region over two decades as a development consultant on projects in adolescent reproductive health, public sector reform, social welfare reforms, NGO Capacity building, evaluation of donor funded projects and programme evaluation and technical assistance to PIANGO – including a three year assignment funded by the Asia Development Bank in Papua New Guinea working as an NGO/Community Development Specialist on Population and Family Planning engaging NGOs, Churches, Women’s Groups and local communities in Health education from 1994-1997. She was the head of the Pacific Women’s Bureau at the SPC headquarters in Noumea from 1997-2000.
Emele is a gender and CSO expert, social policy analyst and a keen political observer with a wide and varied background in public sector management, social policy, community development, organisational development, research and training; gender and development, business administration and corporate management, development banking, with experiences in the public, private and civil society sectors.
She has a Bachelor in Social Work, a Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Management and a Masters in Business Administration. She has completed first year towards a law degree. She is currently pursuing a second Masters degree – MA in Governance at the University of the South Pacific (Fiji).