Executive Director – Laitia Tamata
Laitia Tamata is a development practitioner, human rights defender and a lawyer. He has worked with various development partners stating with the Fiji Government as a storeman with the Government Supplies (1980 – 987), a commissioned officer of the Fiji Military Forces having served in international peace keeping missions in Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq (1984 – 1996), a Research Fellow in Legal and Political Literacy programme at the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies (IJALS) of the University of the South Pacific (USP) from 2000 – 2002, a Child Rights Consultant with UNICEF Pacific (2002 – 2003), a Policy Analyst at the Office of the Prime Minister in Fiji (2003 – 2007), a Governance Consultant with the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance (PIASDG) at the USP (2007 – 2009), a Legal and Policy trainer at the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF) from 2009 – 2012, a Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Adviser under the Papua New Guinea- Australia Law and Justice Programme (2013 – 2015), the Senior Technical Adviser of PIANGO from 2015 to 2018 before he took up a temporary appointment of Acting Director at the Fiji Media Watch Group in 2018.
Laitia is interested to work in a combination of areas including governance and leadership in development law, the implementation of the evidence informed human rights based approach to development. He worked in the area of development law policies and has also published in the area of development and human rights. As a transformational leadership development coach, he includes change management in his approach to work. Laitia is a qualified regional trainer in Workplace Evaluation and Assessment (Certificate IV with RRRT), Building Resources in Development Governance and Elections (BRIDGE with IEFS) and Transformational Leadership and Development Programme (TLDP with the UNDP/UNCEF/UNAIDS). Laitia has a Bachelor of Law and a Professional Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu and Fiji and a Post Graduate Certificate in Constitutional Law from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand
Laitia is from the village of Lawaki in Nakasaleka in the southern province of Kadavu in Fiji. He is married to Dr Apolonia Tamata and they have 4 children and 12 grandchildren and they are Christians belonging to the Methodist Church denomination.
Administrator/Finance – Cathner L. Abner
Cathner Abner is our Finance Administrator. Prior to returning home in 2015, Cathner worked with Kwajalein Range Services (KRS) at US Army Kwajalein Atoll for 18 years holding numerous positions in the administration and business fields. In 2016, Cat joined her husband and worked in his family company (Anil Development, INC) and later joined the Marshall Islands Council of NGOs (MICNGOs) in 2019. Her Finance Administrator role with MICNGOs is to administer, maintain and review all accountable activities to ensure proper accounting and procedures are in place for audit purposes. Create and maintain financial report and project budgets to ensure budget is on track. Organize and co-host MICNGOs activities with board members and partner organization members as required. Cat was born and raised in Majuro. Her maternal island is Namu and paternal islands are Kwalajein, Mejit, Ailuk, and Jaluit.
Communications & Health – Davenest Edison
Davenest Edison is our Communication and Health Officer. He will be focusing on communication and clearing house activities, as well as being the health focal point for MICNGOs. Davenest attended the College of the Marshall Islands where he was awarded with the Associate of Science in Nursing. Davenest is from Woja( Wojaan Emaan) Aelonlaplap.
Project Assistant – Neirom Barton
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