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The Fund Steering Committee provides overall strategic guidance and support to the Fund including the allocation of funds. It is comprised of representatives from DFAT, the Fiji Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation’s Department of Women, the Pacific Women Support Unit, women’s civil society organisations and the Fijian private sector.

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh

Executive Director, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

Nalini Singh is a feminist and a social development specialist with over 17 years’ experience in design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of women’s rights and development programmes in the Asia Pacific. Her particular interests are the issues of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), decent work and organisational capacity strengthening. Prior to joining FWRM over two years ago, Nalini worked as the Programme Manager- Advocacy and Capacity Building for the Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before this she was a Programme Officer at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Nalini is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts.

Cathy Wong 

Cathy Wong 

Physiotherapist – Suva Physio Centre

Cathy Wong is no stranger to humanitarian work, medicine, and sport in Fiji and the Pacific.  A Humanitarian Scientist and Physiotherapist by profession, Cathy owns and manages the largest private rehabilitation centre in Fiji. She has held a number of director and management positions on both National and Regional Boards in sport and medicine. Cathy has served on the Board of the Fiji Red Cross Society from 2013 – 2016 and is recognised throughout Fiji as a face of community service and volunteerism. Cathy was notably the first woman appointed to the Board of Oceania Rugby in 2018 and is currently a Council member of World Rugby.

Leonie Whyte

Leonie Whyte

Deputy Team Leader Pacific Women Support Unit

Leonie Whyte has been with the Pacific Women Support Unit since August 2018. Leonie oversees the Gender, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Research and Finance and Operations units of Pacific Women’s work. Leonie has over 15 years of experience in the delivery and management of international development programs in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific. Prior to this role Leonie was the International Development Manager for Cardno in Papua New Guinea and Cardno’s representative managing the PNG Law and Justice Program. Before joining Cardno, Leonie worked for AusAID/DFAT for 10 years in various roles, including postings to PNG. Leonie has a background in community development, gender, governance and development effectiveness. She has a Bachelor of Community Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in International and Community Development.

Selai Korovusere

Selai Korovusere

Director Women Ministry of Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation

Selai is a career Civil Servant having served in a number of agencies within the Fijian Government. Her areas of expertise are in research and policy; planning, human resource training and development and productivity and excellence. She is a qualified business excellence evaluator and a trainer by profession. Throughout her career she has worked extensively with programmes that promote Disaster Risk Management; Women’s Development and Gender Equality. She returns to the Department of Women as the Director Women after more than 10 years’ service in the Public Service Commission.

Georgina Naigulevu

Georgina Naigulevu

Senior Manager Applications, Projects and Innovations – HFC Bank (Chair of the Steering Committee)

Georgina Naigulevu has over 11 years of software development experience in the ICT field across multiple industries and a Senior Manager at the HFC bank where she oversees Applications, Projects, and Innovation. Putting her ICT knowledge and skills to use, Georgina co-founded the Mobile Me Mappathon App – a community project in partnership with the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation that locates facilities on the road, pavements and footpath within pilot sites in Suva accessible for persons with disabilities.  Georgina currently holds membership in the International Centre for Democratic partnerships, Fiji Institute of Banks and the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society.

Dr. Litea Meo-Sewabu

Dr. Litea Meo-Sewabu

Lecturer and the Social Work Discipline Lead, University of the South Pacific (Co Chair of the Steering Committee)

Dr Litea Meo-Sewabu is an academic and has worked in academia for over 15 years. She joined the University of the South Pacific in 2017 as a Lecturer and the Social Work Discipline Lead. Prior to that, she worked at Massey University in Aotearoa as the coordinator for the Pacific Research and Policy Centre and also taught in Development Studies (Gender & Development) and the Social Work programme in the University. She has also taught at the Fiji School of Medicine’s School of Public Health (now FNU) in community medicine, community development and health promotion. Prior to that, Litea worked at the Fiji Ministry of Health’s Health Planning Unit, which was responsible for developing health policies and health-related programmes. After this position, she worked at the National Centre for Health Promotion on community development projects and training at a national level. Litea holds a Master’s in Public Health (International Health) from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, United States of America and a PhD from Massey University, Manawatu, New Zealand.

Rochelle White

Rochelle White

Counsellor Regional Health, Education and Gender at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Suva

Rochelle has worked in Australia’s aid program since 2005 and has extensive experience across the Pacific in a range of sectors including law and justice, policing, gender and governance. Rochelle has undertaken postings in Solomon Islands and Indonesia with AusAID/DFAT. Prior to coming to Fiji Rochelle was in DFAT’s Gender Equality Brand and ran the office for Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls. Rochelle has qualifications in law and Social Work and prior to working in the aid program Rochelle worked as a lawyer in refugee law and on Australian government policy reform related to free trade agreements. Rochelle has also spent a year as a volunteer in Thailand working with the Ministry of Labour on issues to do with pay equity.

Emily Elliot

Emily Elliot

Program Manager, Bilateral Gender, at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT),Suva

Emily has over 15 years’ experience in regional development, program management and partnership brokering at implementation and contractual levels with counterparts in the Pacific on Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET), Leadership, Governance, Human Rights and Social Inclusion.  She has a Master’s of Business Administration, a Post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies and currently working towards completing a Master’s in Development Studies. She currently manages DFAT support to the Fiji Bilateral Country Program.

Mareta Salacakau Fong

Mareta Salacakau Fong

Finance Manager, ANZ Bank Fiji

Mareta is the Chair of the ANZ Fiji Banking on Women (BoW) Executive Committee which is an in-house program that focuses on ANZ women’s career progression and well-being by organising activities that are targeted at increasing visibility, boosting confidence and challenging the status quo. She is a member of the Leadership FIJI Alumni, Fiji’s Women in Business and Committee member of the ANZ Fiji Staff Foundation. Mareta has a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Tourism from the University of the South Pacific and is a member of the CPA Australia.