Etika Rupeni has joined the office as the new Interim Roundtable coordinator.
Etika has over 16 years experience in conservation and development in the Pacific with significant experience in designing and implementing conservation and development projects, with a particular emphasis on raising awareness and building the capacities of coastal communities. Etika has been the Manager of the Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI) Communities and Coasts programme, leading the implementation of FSPI's marine conservation programmes in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Tuvalu and continues that role in addition to the Roundtable . Etika has formerly held programme management roles with WWF and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), focusing on the development and management of Fiji-based conservation projects in marine, forest, watershed, climate adaptation and ecoregional planning programmes. Etika was one of the founding members of the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas network and assisted in developing the regional LMMA network. Prior to working in the Pacific region, Etika worked for 10 years for an international relief organization called Mercy Ships International and was responsible for managing the training and field practice of volunteers in humanitarian aid in central America, Caribbean, East and West Africa and Eastern Europe, as well as undertaking humanitarian aid work in the United States.
Education: Business Studies and Diploma in Technical Teaching.