Francis Edmond Herman is a development entrepreneur and media communications strategist specializing in Media for Development. He has extensive and high level experience in the media and communications industry in the Pacific Islands spanning close to 38 years with 25 of those years in senior management roles overseeing a wide range of media initiatives across 14 Pacific Island states. For his contribution to media development work in the Pacific, he was honoured with the Order of Australia (OAM) medal by the Commonwealth of Australia in 2015. He remains one of the very few Pacific Islanders awarded the OAM. Currently Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation as part a strategic reform programme commissioned by the Vanuatu Government and funded by the Australian Government to salvage Vanuatu’s national radio and television services.
Mr Barlen Lutchmoodoo is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone. Mr Lutchmoodoo has been handling several managerial posts in Mauritius Telecom from 2002 to 2014. He holds a B Tech Electronics and Communication from the University of Kakatya India and a Master in Communication Management from Strathclyde University Scotland. At Vodafone, The CEO is responsible for the Marketing, Direct Sales, Customer Excellence, Call centre and In-direct sales.
Wilmaraia joined Wanfuteng Bank on 1st July 2020 as General Manager. Wilmaraia joined Wanfuteng Bank from Air Vanuatu, where she has been working for the last year as General Manager of Human Resources. Previously, Wilmaraia built her career at ANZ over a period of fourteen years in Vanuatu, Kiribati, Australia and Fiji, where she covered numerous roles including the Head of Retail, Acting Chief Executive Officer in Vanuatu and Kiribati and concluding her career as the first Ni-Vanuatu Chief Operating Officer. Wilmaraia is a Vanuatu citizen. Wilmaraia currently holds a Bachelor in Business Studies from Auckland University of Technology (NZ) and an Masters in Business Administration from Deakin University (Australia).
Noel Vari hails from Araki island, South Santo, Vanuatu. He has being the director of the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu from 1998 to the present and the Director of the Financial Regulation Department from 2006 to he present at the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu. He has a Bachelor of Economics, University of PNG and a Master of Business (International Business) from Sydney University (2004-2005) and, was a Member of Beta Gamma Sigma (1989-2003).Some other current responsibilities:
Chairman of Vanuatu’s E-KYC Utility Project
Member of the South Pacific Central Banks E-KYC Utility Project Steering Committee
Chairman of the AML&CTF Supervisory Working Group
Member of the Association of Financial Supervisors of the Pacific Countries
Member of RBV’s Management and other RBV internal committees
Member of the National Payment Systems Committee
Member of the Credit Union Legislation Review Committee
Member of Supervision Working Group, Financial Inclusion
With over 30 years of experience in the Communications arena, Rupert has been a part of the phenomenal growth of Mobile from the 1980’s through to the C21st and beyond. Rupert has been involved in all areas of Mobile from SME Sales and Corporate Sales with a Tier 1 operator through Roaming Services, Mobile Applications, Network Hardware Sales, product management and Senior Management. With qualifications in finance and business management and having studied law and economics, Rupert has a thorough grasp of the Global industry, business and its constantly evolving technologies and has worked around the Globe gaining valuable experience.
Tony has been in the Banking industry for over 30 years both here and Australia. Over a decade in senior management roles and the most recent was the Executive General Manager Retail and Brand for the National Bank of Vanuatu.
Born and raised in Tonga. Mr. Kaitapu spent his early days with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Following on from these government positions he moved to Shoreline Communications (TonFon) and worked as a Senior Engineer in their IT Department. When Digicel acquired Tonfon in 2008, Mr. Kaitapu rose through the ranks in IT to Chief Technical Officer in 2009. After leaving Digicel in 2014, he Joined Pacific Finance Investment Limited as the Group CIO with initiatives to start the 3rd Operator in Tonga, under TokoWireless. In 2017, Pacific Finance Investment limited took Interest in Vanuatu through the retail space. In 2018, the Group took interest on WanTok Network Ltd, and Mr. Kaitapu has been part of the team since. Proudly serving the Republic of Vanuatu and its people.
Allister brings a solid 20 years of sales experience, predominantly in the
telecommunications and IT industries. He spent over a decade in total at
Spark/Telecom and Intrado (formerly 'West'). He has dealt with a range of
customer needs from large publicly listed companies to SMB's dealing,
and taken a lead on advanced products. Outside of work, Allister is a father to a young son, enjoys swimming and
is a motorsport enthusiast. Allister brings a dedicated, hands-on approach
to business, and is looking forward to working with customers across the
beautiful Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
Harold Tarosa is the Director of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue with 16 years as Customs and Tax official. He currently Chairs the following Committees:
Reform and Modernization Committee (Established within DCIR only, and focus on online filing of tax returns and online payment of tax returns – etax platform)
National Trade Facilitation Steering Committee (National Electronic Single Window System is a sub working group under the TFSC)
He is also a member of the National Trade Development Committee
Francis Edmond Herman
Francis Edmond Herman is a development entrepreneur and media communications strategist specializing in Media for Development...
Francis Edmond Herman, Chief Executive Officer, VBTC
Mr Barlen Lutchmoodoo is currently the CEO of Vodafone. Mr Lutchmoodoo has been handling several managerial ...