As the Pacific Connect Community (PCC) continues to grow and strengthen it has become integral to ongoing collaboration and networking, development of program activities and support of new and existing projects. To further bolster the PCC in 2020 ICDP established Community Hubs in seven Pacific locations to support in-country activities and PCC networking. These Hubs serve as a pop-up meeting space for virtual dialogues and workshops. Each in-country PCC Hub is organised by a long-term member of Pacific Connect known as the PCC Hub Coordinator. The Hub Coordinator is responsible for coordinating logistics and local activities, providing feedback to ICCP on program activities, and advocating on behalf of the program while gaining leadership experience.
A long-term member of our Community, Brian is Managing Director of ‘IT Sup’, an IT consultancy firm located in Honiara since 2015. Previously ICT Network Administrator at the Solomon Islands National University, Brian is an information technology enthusiast with extensive start-up development and advertising experience. Brian attended ICDP’s first dialogue in Fiji in 2018 and has since attended numerous PCC activities as alumnus and Hub Coordinator. Brian has also provided valuable in-country support for the Pacific Technology Academy Coding & E-Commerce training in the Solomon Islands.
Olisana is a Co-Founder of THE HUB, a platform built to host meetings, foster collaboration, and connect Samoa the world. In addition to working as a digital educator, marketing consultant and event management specialist at THE HUB, Olisana is also the Founding Curator for Global Shapers Apia. Joining the PCC at its inaugural Ideas Exchange in 2018, Olisana was inspired to follow her dream of establishing THE HUB. ICDP also introduced and supported Olisana to establish the first Pacific-based Global Shapers Hub as its Founding Curator.
Olisana is committed to increasing representation for Young Pacific Leaders on the international stage. Her goal is to build a platform and make more opportunities available to Samoans and Pacific Islanders, so that they are visible and vocal on issues such as climate change, education and employment, and gender equality. Olisana continues to gain professional development opportunities within the PCC through facilitation of two Dialogues in 2020 (Water, June; Side Hustle, December) and is a Project member of the ‘Shifting Homes’ AR/VR Samoa workshop series.
Based in Port Moresby, Nicole is the Creative Content & Talent Development Coordinator with JcPEM. Nicole has a strong history of professional business development and a background in communications. She studied at the University of Waikato (New Zealand) where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on Screen and Media Studies, and skills in Media & Creative Technologies. Nicole joined the Port Moresby based Community in 2020, attending Pacific Connect events including Virtual Dialogues on ‘Storytelling & Digital Media’, and ‘From Side Hustle to Sustainable Business’.
Julliane is Managing Director of Tok Stret Consulting, which she founded in 2017 with her partner. The businesses is focused on developing organisations in Lae and wider PNG through business and personal skills development and using social media as a marketing and communications tool. Tok Stret also provides mentoring and leadership courses for emerging businesses. Julliane’s clients range from MSMEs to major PNG corporates and multi-nationals, NGOs and Landowner Groups. Julliane has been a PCC alumnus since first attending a Pacific Connect dialogue in Brisbane in 2019 and has been a strong advocate for the Pacific Connect program in Lae after being inspired to start up the Lae Innovation Hub whilst attending the ICDP Annual Ideas Exchange in September 2019. (Interview with Julliane)
Salote recently embarked on an initiative to establish the first formalised aquaculture farmers association (Tilapia Fiji), partnering with Ministry of Fisheries and Pacific Secretariat. She is also developing the Garden Weavers outreach program as part of the community arm within their business, Landscaping Solutions Fiji. This program focuses on: 1) Landscapes, Health and Well-being; 2) Women and Youth Entrepreneurship; 3) Environmental Stewardship and 4) Agribusiness and Support to local farmers. Salote is a member of the Pacific Finds project team, an online marketplace idea expanded through its Founder, Pauline Benson’s involvement in Pacific Connect Dialogues. Salote first attended a Pacific Connect dialogue in June 2019 and has participated in a number of ICDP activities including: 2019 & 2020 Ideas Exchange, Storytelling & Digital Media Dialogue, AgTech Dialogue, and numerous Fiji PCC networking events.