Dennis Meone

Chief Executive Officer

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

Previously Dennis worked at the Economic Reform Unit in the Ministry of Finance and Treasury from 2006 to 2015 and later the Australian High Commission from 2015 to 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. 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 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, and private sector development and growth. Dennis holds a Master of Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics and Public Management from University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Naomi Mara

Membership & Services Officer

Naomi drives the SICCI membership program and coordinates all SICCI events and training as well as the services and benefits SICCI offers for its members. Her role also includes sales and marketing. She joined SICCI in November 2017. 

Prior to her current position Naomi worked for the Youth@Work program in Honiara as part of the MEL (Monitoring Evaluation & Learning) team. She graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Social Science in 2017. 

 

John Wopereis

Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC) Coordinator 

John is from Vella La Vella in the Western Province and part New Zealand.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

In his role as the Young Entrepreneurs Council (YEC) Coordinator, it is John’s responsibility to encourage and empower young Solomon Islanders to become successful entrepreneurs.  

John works closely with the Government and relevant stakeholders to ensure that barriers holding back young Solomon Islanders are unlocked providing a better business environment for young Solomon Islanders to venture into business and succeed.

Youth make up the majority of our population, however, the opportunities and support provided to them is greatly lacking which causes countless issues for our country now and in the future.

John aims to drive positive change in our country and create a great platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to engage in business and overall contribute to the economic growth and betterment of our nation Solomon Islands. Youth hold the future of our country and it is his vision that through proper support, investment and perseverance our youth will stand up and engage in the ongoing development of the Solomon Islands.

 

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, 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, 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.