People do business with human beings, not companies. And the people are the most valuable asset of a company. Business Editor GERALDINE PANAPASA introduces some of those who have taken up new appointments to drive the performance of the companies they work for.
THE new director national disaster management position at the Ministry of Provincial Development and National Disaster Management has been taken up by Manasa Tagicakibau. He had been acting in the position since December last year and holds a postgraduate diploma in logistics and supply chain management from Curtin University, Australia. Mr Tagicakibau's role was to ensure the effective facilitation and co-ordination of disaster risk reduction and disaster management activities in Fiji, in partnership with other government ministries and departments, non-government organisations (NGOs), private sector, statutory bodies and regional and international organisations.
JOELI Koroikata, the current
principal administrative officer with the Public Service Commission has been appointed the International Co-operation Division director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. He joined the civil service as a school teacher in 1981 and holds a Master of Technology Management in Air Transportation Management from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
FORMER director extension for the Department of Agriculture, Uraia Waibuta, is now the new deputy secretary Agriculture Development with the Ministry of Agriculture.
He has served in the ministry since 1990 and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the University of the South Pacific.
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
PROFESSOR Michael Patterson has taken up his appointment as director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC) succeeding Doctor Russell Howorth, whose tenure with the organisation officially ended last month.
Before taking up this position with SPC, Professor Patterson, who is from Britain, held a Professorship of Applied and Environmental Geosciences at the University of Leicester from 2009 before he was director of science, skills and facilities at the British Geological Survey for five years. He holds a PhD in geology and a post graduate certificate in education.
Professor Patterson is a chartered geologist, a chartered engineer, Fellow of the Geological Society of London, member of the Institute of Materials, Mining and Metallurgy, life member of the Association of Geoscientists for International Development and member of the Society of Economic Geologists.
He is also a member of the STAR network.
World Bank Group
Axel van Trotsenburg has been appointed the World Bank's new vice president for East Asia and Pacific effective February 1.
Mr van Trotsenburg will lead the bank's advisory services and lending operations in a dynamic region which now accounts for 40 per cent of global growth, according to a statement.
"I am excited to join the team serving East Asia and the Pacific, a region leading the global economy in growth and poverty reduction, with an increasing need for innovation and knowledge," said Mr van Trotsenburg. As vice president for East Asia and Pacific, Mr van Trotsenburg will manage a $US31.8b ($F55.9b) portfolio for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). Anticipated lending for the 2013 financial year is $US5.8b ($F10.2b).
He is Dutch and Austrian, and holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Economics and a Masters degree in International Affairs.
THE Melanesian Trading Company (TMTC) has announced the appointment of Alana Tilly as sales and marketing director.
Ms Tilly joins TMTC after similar roles in Australia and was looking forward to being part of the growing tourism industry in Fiji.
TMTC is the parent company for Island Sprint Charters, South Sea Subs and SeaView, all based out of Denarau, Nadi.
She has links to Fiji through her mother who hails from Lautoka. She has also done some work for Rotary International. She is expected to use this knowledge and expertise to launch the SeaView — the first Fijian-made underwater viewing vessel of its kind, making it an underwater world attraction.