Dennis Meone

Chief Executive Officer

Dennis hails from Tikopia in the eastern Solomon Islands. He started with SICCI as the CEO in May 2016. 

Dennis is a young passionate Solomon Islander who wants to see the Solomon Islands economy grow and develop. He believes the private sector plays a key role in growing the economy, but such can only happen if the right kind of business environment is provided so that businesses can grow and prosper.

He sees the importance of the private sector and the government working in partnership, where both parties can discuss issues openly and explore policy solutions that can encourage private sector led growth through a conducive business environment. Ultimately where jobs can be created for our growing population, goods and services produced to meet ongoing demand, affordable pricing through competition as more businesses enter the market, and more revenue for the government as more businesses pay taxes and duties to fund fundamental services such as health, education, law and public administration.

His interests are in public policy, economic reform, development and growth. Dennis holds a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand.

Contact Dennis: ceo@solomonchamber.com.sb

Charles Persson

Advisor to CEO

Charles has been lucky to have lived and worked in a number of great locations in Australia, with his career taking him to Italy, South Africa, Taiwan and Malaysia. His background includes working in the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building and construction industries in project, operations and general management.

He has a bachelor degree in civil engineering and a graduate diploma in strategic marketing.

Since May 2016 Charles worked with SICCI as a Business Analyst working closely with the CEO and the Board on strategy and planning. He was in Honiara on assignment with Australian Volunteers International, funded by the Australian Government.

The SICCI Board approved extending Charles’ role with the Chamber and he will continue to support the team and advise the CEO in 2017/18.

Contact Charles: strategy@solomonchamber.com.sb  

 

John Kanai Ta'amora

Advocacy Officer

John’s responsibilities as the Advocacy Officer mainly deals with driving the Chamber’s Advocacy plan 2015-2019. Part of this role is to do research that will help assist members of SICCI and the Solomon Islands Government in making better policies that are mutually benefiting. John joined SICCI in April 2017.

John aims to make Solomon Islands a better nation in his role through creating more job opportunities through the private sector, an important economic development driver in Solomon Islands. SICCI as the key organization representing the private sector would help Solomon Islands become great regionally and internationally.

He recently completed his Master of Arts thesis in International Affairs in February 2017 on Solomon Islands Foreign Policy and the Impact of RAMSI and has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Politics at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji.

Contact John Kanai: advocacy@solomonchamber.com.sb

Neil Nuia

Membership & Services Officer

Neil Nuia is the driver behind the SICCI membership programme and coordinates all SICCI events and training as well as the services and benefits SICCI offers for its members. His role also includes sales and marketing. He joined SICCI in September 2016. 

Neil started formal work at the age of 19, which he served 9 years designing services in his last three NGO jobs, proceeded to work in an upscale environment as Networking Officer for NGOs under Development Services Exchange. Neil is currently looking at innovative strategies to ensure members are satisfied with the services SICCI offers.

Outside of SICCI, Neil is a passionate theatre maker and a budding photographer. He runs his music studio in his free time, determines to make new friends and acquire new ideas every day.

Contact Neil: services@solomonchamber.com.sb 

Ernest Ta'asi

Media & Communications Officer

Ernest Ta’asi is responsible for implementing SICCI’s communication strategy and deals with the mainstream media, website and social media administration and graphics work. He joined SICCI in August 2016.

Ernest started a journalism career with the Honiara-based Island Sun Newspaper at the age of 18. In a span of over six years with the daily paper, Ernest made his way up the newsroom department to become a senior writer in the newspaper’s feature and commentary columns. He was also a graphics designer for the paper. He earned two national awards along the way. He was awarded "Young Journalist of the Year 2013" by an Australian Broadcasting Corporation-led media assistance scheme. The following year the Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) recognized his work by naming him for the "Most Improved Journalist" award, backdating improved performance from 2012- 2014.

Contact Ernest: media@solomonchamber.com.sb

Zeenal Samut

Acting Finance Manager 

Zeenal joined in February 2016 assisting SICCI with Finance. She fully focuses on the day-to-day finance relating tasks of the organisation involving making payments, bank reconciliations, proper record keeping and filing.

Zeenal Samut was born and raised in Suva, Fiji and has resided in Honiara since December 2014. Zeenal obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of the South Pacific in Suva and is currently studying enrolled with CPA Australia and the University of Southern Queensland to complete a Masters degree. Zeenal previously worked for Ernst & Young as an Auditor and the European Union as a Programme Finance Manager. 

Her passion is travelling to new countries and her latest hobby is scuba diving. Zeenal is a current member of Fiji Institute of Accountants and CPA Australia.

Contact Zeenal: finance@solomonchamber.com.sb

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

 

John Paul Alasia

Export Industry Development Officer

John Paul Alasia oversees the Chamber’s agribusiness activities and the export industry and works closely with the Pacific Horticulture Agriculture Marketing Access (PHAMA). His role involves engaging with the five industry working groups Cocoa, Coconut, Horticulture, Sawn Timber and Seafood.

John joined SICCI in May 2017. He previously worked as a Livestock Field Officer at the Taiwan Technical Mission Farm at King George VI in East Honiara in 2016.
He graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Agriculture Applied Science at the University of South Pacific, Samoa in 2014.

Contact John Paul: eido@solomonchamber.com.sb