Natalina Hong

Chief Executive Officer

Natalina is an emerging Solomon Islands leader who over the years focuses on contributing to the positive development outcome of Solomon Islands with a vision of growing a strong economy that will secure and prosper local people and communities.

She is from Western Province.

Natalina started with SICCI in September 2020. She believes that given a fair and enabling environment for business and industries, the private sector will drive the economy and the reputation of Solomon Islands in the region.

Natalina is professionally dedicated to the development of the economy, governance and education with more than five years of experience in program management and seven years of experience in public and policy administration with various Solomon Islands Government departments.

In 2007, prior to joining the Chamber, she worked with the Ministry of Provincial Government, Rural Development and then with National Parliament. In 2015 she was part of the Australian High Commission team to manage and deliver Australia’s support within Solomon Islands health, education and governance sector until her SICCI appointment.

She graduated with a Masters of Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University in 2014. She had completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and History/Politics from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2005.

Florence Rhibbie Tatemale Auma

Executive Officer

Qualification: Post Grad Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (PGCTT) 2014, Bachelor in Marine Science (Bsc MS) from the University of the South Pacific (USP) 2011

Prior Experience: Worked in the Education Sector, specifically in the Tertiary Sector for over 9 years firstly as the Regional Coordinator for the College of Foundation Studies at USP in 2017 as the Campus Coordinator PACTAFE, prior to this appointment in 2014- 2017 worked as SI Campus Coordinator College of Foundation Studies, USP. Upon leaving USP in late 2017 she was employed at SINU as the Coordinator for Community Outreach and Lifelong learning Centre (COLLC) now the Centre for National Productivity (CNP). 

In previous engagements, she had worked in 2011-2012 as Consultant for IUCN for Kovi/Kongulai Catchment Project short term, in 2011 Researcher PMO in Fisheries short term and in Media from 2003-2004 as a Radio Presenter (Breakfast Show, 6pm-12pm, Graveyard Shift, Outdoor Promotion) Star Company Limited Paoa FM, Solomon Islands. Apart from formal employment, her experience in volunteer social welfare services were in the areas of sports, 2020 Baseball/Softball Federation Interim Assistance Secretary, establishing the Youth Softball Team of Tanakake Coaching 2017, involvement in Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) as a Board Member in 2018.

Workshops attended: 2019 Minute Taking Training, 2017 Project Management Training Workshop USP SI Campus Leadership and Employment Management Training Workshop USP SI Campus, 2016 Enrolment and Registration Workshop USP SI campus, 2011 Climate Change Science Workshop Solomon Islands, 2010 Train-Sea-Coast Course for Responsible Fisheries in the Pacific Islands Region , 2004 Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta

Vision for SICCI: To Continue and ensure that SICCI operations is on par at all times in order to fully facilitate the needs of the business community it represents.

Simaema Neilsen

Membership & Services Officer / BLP Business Service Manager

Simaema drives the SICCI Membership program. She manages membership services and communication. She coordinates all SICCI events and activities, also liaises with training providers regarding relevant training for members. She conducts market research and keeps members informed on business conditions, needs and trends.

Under SICCI's partnership with Business Link Pacific (a private sector development programme funded by New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and delivered by DT Global) , Simaema provides support to SMEs in gaining access to cost-effective, quality business advice from a pool of BLP certified and approved advisors in Solomon Islands.

She joined SICCI in May 2021 and started her role with BLP in March 2022.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Simaema worked as a Marketing and Sales Consultant for Guadalcanal Travel Solomons (GTS). She graduated from the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree double majoring in International Business & Marketing and Public Administration & Management.

Shaun Konaga

Administrative Manager & Finance Assistant Officer

Shaun Konaga manages the SICCI Office administration through reception, office and printing supplies, events management as well as assisting financial duties on salaries and finance records. She started with SICCI on September 2015 as an intern under the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Youth@Work internship programme.    

Before Shaun joined SICCI, she was an assistant administration officer with the events company Mac Group and made her potential known during Mac Group’s preparation of the SICCI Business Excellent Awards in 2015. She worked closely with Mac Group’s event manager while at the same time on internship with SICCI. After three months of internship, Shaun was called for an interview with the SICCI CEO who offered a full time position of her current role.

In previous engagements, Shaun did volunteer work for the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources and the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management & Meteorology. She graduated with a Certificate in Tropical Plantation Forestry and a Certificate in Environmental Science at the then Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) now known as the Solomon Islands National University.

Contact Shaun: admin_sicci@solomonchamber.com.sb

 

Ronnie Golopitu

Export Industry Development Officer (EIDO)

Ronnie oversees the Chamber’s agribusiness activities, the export industry and works closely with the Rural Development Program (RDP) and Pacific Horticulture Agriculture Marketing Access (PHAMA). His role involves engaging with the five industry working groups Cocoa, Coconut, Sawn Timber and currently looking into Kava.

Ronnie joined SICCI in March 2020. He previously worked part-time with the Bio-security Department in Noro, Western Province and was also involved a Project under UNDP, National Adaptation Project Appraisal (NAPA) conducting Survey, Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change impacts at the Lilisiana community in Malaita province. He currently holds a Bachelor in Agriculture Science, majoring in Agri-Business at the Solomon Island National University (SINU). 

Ronnie aims to promote export industry growth in the Solomon Islands and to enhance the development of the IWGs into representative and sustainable industry bodies as well as to progress relevant market access-related activities.

 

 

Maverick P. Seda

YECSI Coordinator

Maverick P. Seda is a final-year student at the University of the South Pacific studying Community Development. He is originally from the province of Guadalcanal.

Prior to joining the Solomon Islands Young Entrepreneur Council (YECSI). Maverick serves 2 terms as the Vice President, and Deputy Chairman at The University of the South Pacific Students Association Solomon Islands Students Council (USPSASI).

Maverick has worked as a volunteer with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the Solomon Islands, particularly on youth empowerment and social accountability.

Maverick strives to link Young Entrepreneurs with opportunities both within and outside of the Solomon Islands.

Daniel Kakadi Poa

YECSI Membership & Partnerships Officer 

Daniel Kakadi is the Membership & Partnership Officer for the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI).

His primary responsibility is to implement membership core services and facilitate value added activities and events for YECSI’s members. Part of his role also is to grow and maintain the partnerships between stakeholders and YECSI.

Daniel is from Malaita province and part Central Island province.

Prior to joining YECSI, Daniel used to work with Save The Children, Youth@Work as a registration and internship personal, Island Sun print media as a cadet reporter and photographer, ACoM as youth programs coordinator and currently an ongoing member of the Dreamcast theatre Solomon Islands.

With YECSI now, one of the changes Daniel would like to see is to give support and provide an avenue for unemployed young entrepreneurs to learn, develop and become successful with their business ideas through YECSI programs and that YECSI to become one of the avenues that stands in contribute to the socio-economic growth of our country Solomon Islands.

 

Elvis Bwaa

Advocacy Officer

Elvis joined SICCI on 9 May 2022.  He graduated with a Law Degree from the University of the South Pacific, Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu. He is from Makira Ulawa Province.

Before joining SICCI Elvis worked as an Island  Innovation Ambassador at Island Innovation, His role involved working among policy change makers engaging with private sector, government ministries, NGOs and Universities to advocate for policy change allowing the economy to keep afloat in order to improve the livelihood of our people.