Growth through synergy

Eminent musical director, composer and choral clinician Igelese Ete will be a speaker at the 46th FIA congress. Picture: SUPPLIED

Eminent musical director, composer and choral clinician Igelese Ete will be a speaker at the 46th FIA congress. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) 46th annual congress will be held at the Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa on May 18-19, 2018. As a buildup towards the congress, we will introduce to you the nine diverse speakers over the coming weeks who will be speaking on the theme: “Growth through Synergy”.

Creativity and innovation are vital skills for any organisation or employee to thrive in the ever evolving professional world.

While many organisations and employers are chasing and pursuing these traits, it is also a topic that is worth further exploring particularly in a developing economy such as Fiji.

Realising this, the Fiji Institute of Accountants will be focusing on this among other topical issues concerning the economy, the private sector and Fiji as a whole during its discussions at the upcoming 46th FIA congress in May.

With more than 400 delegates, mostly accountants, corporate and private sector representatives and government delegates attending, the congress will feature a diverse host of speakers.

And while talking about the economy at a two-day congress might sound boring, the FIA congress crganising committee has put together a range of local, regional and international speakers.

These speakers will talk on issues such as cybercrime, health issues, cultural orientation, change and people management, leadership, conflict resolution, technology, communications including innovation and creativity.

Delving on the issue of innovation and creativity will be eminent musical director, composer and choral clinician Igelese Ete, who will be a speaker at the 46th FIA congress.

With his high portfolio in the creative arts sector, Mr Ete is the Head of Performing Arts at the Oceania Centre for Arts Culture and Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

He has been commissioned to compose and arrange musical works for numerous organisations, events, festivals and institutions around the world.

“We are very honoured to have a speaker of such calibre, experience and skill like Igelese Ete. We believe that he brings something different to the Congress and we are confident that the delegates will enjoy his presentation,” said FIA president Finau Nagera.

Mr Ete’s extensive conducting, composing and teaching experience includes working alongside the New Zealand choirmaster for Peter Jackson’s acclaimed film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, working with the Oscar award-winning composer Howard Shore and film director Sir Peter Jackson.

While his work with Howard Shore is more popularly known, Mr Ete has also worked on other big projects such as Na Nai’a – The Legends of the Dolphins involving high profile actors such as Whoopi Goldberg, Gerald Butler, Kate Winslet and Megan Fox which was premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France.

He was also the “choirmaster” and music/choral consultant for the latest Disney hit Moana working with Dwayne Johnson and composers Mark Mancina (Lion King) and Lin Manuel Miranda and Opetaia Foa’I, Te Vaka.

Mr Ete was awarded the prestigious Creative New Zealand Senior Pacific Artist Award for his contribution to the promotion and performance of Pacific music in New Zealand and the Pacific in 2009.

He is the first creative fellow of Pacific Music at the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Auckland and has also presented a paper on Pacific Choral Music at World Choral Symposiums in China, Japan and in South Korea.

“The theme for this year’s congress is Growth Through Synergy: Collaboration, Innovation and Resilience and our speakers for the congress best represent this theme. Igelese’s skill and experience is diverse: he is creative and innovative.

“He has spoken at other global conferences and seeing as he is very familiar with Fiji it is an added bonus,” Rajeshwar Singh chairman of the FIA congress organising committee emphasised.

Mr Ete’s other established projects include the Mana Choral Festival in 2007 which unites secondary schools from specific regions through choral songs/production.

He was also the musical director for the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2015 in Samoa — the very first to be held in the Pacific region which received raving reviews.

He is working on his PhD researching traditional Samoan chants and eventually composing new choral works.

He is very passionate about the Pacific creative and performing arts and its ability to inspire, empower, educate and uplift the world.

Registration forms for the FIA 2018 congress will be available soon. Visit for more information.

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