Planning Adviser: David Gowty
ph: (687) 26 54 16, email:
David arrived at SPC in March 2004 and joined the Planning Unit (predecessor to the Strategic Facility) as a Planning Adviser. He has lived for extensive periods in Asia, Africa and the Pacific and has experience working at the grassroots level with community based organisations, as well with multilateral and bilateral development agencies. He brings to the unit both project and programme management skills that supplement his development planning and training administration background. David has a Graduate Diploma in Rural Social Development, a masters degree in Public Administration and an honorary doctorate.
Planning Adviser: Patricia Sachs-Cornish
ph: (687) 26 54 38, email:
Patricia joined SPC in July 2008 as Planning Adviser in the Strategic Facility. Previously, she worked with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat as its Development Cooperation Adviser and prior to that was with the United Nations Development Programme as a Governance Specialist. Patricia has 14 years of work experience in the Pacific in a regional capacity and has been involved in numerous regional processes. She completed her Masters of Applied Finance in Australia and her Bachelor of Arts (Economics/Management) in Fiji Islands.
Planning Adviser: Caroline Tupoulahi-Fusimalohi
ph: (679) 337 0733 (ext. 312), email:
Caroline joined SPC in July 2008, based in Suva Fiji Islands. Before coming the SPC Strategic Facility, Caroline was Adviser to the Tonga Finance Minister and prior to that she was the Director of Planning of the Central Planning Department in the government of Tonga. She has been with the Tonga government for over 15 years and during this time was actively involved in the areas of management, development policy, community and outer island development, aid management and negotiation. Caroline completed a Diploma in Public Sector Management with Massey University, New Zealand, bachelors degree with the Australian National University, Australia (ANU), a master's degree in Demography and a PhD with Flinders University of South Australia.
Planning Officer: Alisi Tuqa
ph: (687) 26 20 00 ext. 385, email:
Alisi joined in July 2008 the Strategic Facility from the Pacific Islands Telecommunications Association (PITA) where she was the Training & Field Operations Coordinator. Prior to that she was working at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat as the Research Assistant for Infrastructure Issues, covering civil aviation, information communication technologies, energy and urban management. Alisi brings with her work experience in training, coordination and planning, and research in policy development.
Senior Fisheries Scientist: Johann Bell
ph: (687) 26 67 87, email:
Johann Bell joined SPC in April 2007 to assist the Marine Resources Division and the Executive to plan future directions for engagement in the fisheries sector, including planning the use of fish for food security in the Pacific. Johann was appointed to the Strategic Facility in February 2008 to coordinate our project to assess the potential impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the region. Prior to joining SPC, Johann spent 14 years with the Worldfish Center leading projects on the development of sustainable methods for coastal aquaculture, and restoration and management of coastal fisheries, in the Pacific and Asia. Johann has an MSc and PhD in Coastal Fish Ecology from Macquarie University, Australia. For more details of his research interests and publications, click here.
Project Assistant: Nathalie Wiegandt
ph: (687) 26 50 58, email:
Nathalie joined SPC in August 2008. She worked for 12 years as an adviser in banks in France, Chad and French Polynesia. Nathalie has also been a teacher in Germany and French Polynesia specialising in economics, accountancy and international business. She has a DESCAF (Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Commerciales, Administratives et Financières) from the Marseille Business and Management School.