Natalina Hong

Chief Executive Officer

Natalina is an emerging Solomon Islands leader who over the years focuses on contributing to the positive development outcome of Solomon Islands with a vision of growing a strong economy that will secure and prosper local people and communities.

She is from Western Province.

Natalina started with SICCI in September 2020. She believes that given a fair and enabling environment for business and industries, the private sector will drive the economy and the reputation of Solomon Islands in the region.

Natalina is professionally dedicated to the development of the economy, governance and education with more than five years of experience in program management and seven years of experience in public and policy administration with various Solomon Islands Government departments.

In 2007, prior to joining the Chamber, she worked with the Ministry of Provincial Government, Rural Development and then with National Parliament. In 2015 she was part of the Australian High Commission team to manage and deliver Australia’s support within Solomon Islands health, education and governance sector until her SICCI appointment.

She graduated with a Masters of Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University in 2014. She had completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and History/Politics from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 2005.

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.


Simaema Neilsen

Membership & Services Officer

Simaema drives the SICCI Membership program. She manages membership services and communication. She coordinates all SICCI events and activities, also liaises with training providers regarding relevant training for members. She conducts market research and keeps members informed on business conditions, needs and trends. She joined SICCI in May 2021.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Simaema worked as a Marketing and Sales Consultant for Guadalcanal Travel Solomons (GTS). She is also the Founder/ Chairperson of Kakabona Women’s Association and Board Member of Women’s Rights Action Movement (WRAM). She graduated from the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Business, Marketing and Public Management.

Philip Lilomo

Media & Communications Officer

Philip is responsible for SICCI’s strategic plan in communications. He maintains the Chamber’s branding, design and graphic visibility, website administration, social media management and deals with the mainstream media contents. He also manages the flow of information in the SICCI network.

Philip is from Kolombangara in the Western Province and Small Ngella in Central Province.

Philip started a Journalism career with the Honiara-based Solomon Star Newspaper in 2008 and later joined the weekly publication of Sunday Isles Newspaper in 2010. In 2012 he was recruited by the Island Sun Newspaper as a senior journalist in their newsroom. In a span of over eight years in the mainstream media, Philip made his way up the newsroom department to become a sub-editor and the paper’s Sports Editor up until December 2015. After leaving Island Sun Newspaper, Philip worked mainly as a Freelancer before joining the Chamber.

He joined SICCI in June 2018.


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.

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Ronnie Golopitu

Export Industry Development Officer (EIDO)

Ronnie 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, Sawn Timber and currently looking into Kava.

Ronnie joined SICCI in March 2020. He previously worked part-time with the Bio-security Department in Noro, Western Province and was also involved a Project under UNDP, National Adaptation Project Appraisal (NAPA) conducting Survey, Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change impacts at the Lilisiana community in Malaita province. He currently holds a Bachelor in Agriculture Science, majoring in Agri-Business at the Solomon Island National University (SINU). 

Ronnie aims to promote export industry growth in the Solomon Islands and to enhance the development of the IWGs into representative and sustainable industry bodies as well as to progress relevant market access-related activities.



Emmanuel Pitakaka

YECSI Coordinator

Emmanuel is passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs to grow and contribute to the socio-economic development of Solomon Islands.

He is responsible for coordinating the implementation of YECSI’s long-term strategy to support and empower young entrepreneurs. Emmanuel also manages the administrative tasks of YECSI such as budget planning and expenditure, as well as managing the team and workflow.

Emmanuel graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He joined YECSI in February 2019.

Chantelle Lincoln

YECSI Organisational development Adviser (VSA Volunteer)

Chantelle is from Auckland, New Zealand and is a young, vibrant individual with a real passion to develop not only YECSI as an organization but also make an impact for our members.

Chantelle has a range of experience, her most recent role working at Auckland University of Technology where she worked with business and community partners while also coordinating student support initiatives for Maori and Pasifika students.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters degree that focused on Social enterprise. She has a strong interest in education, growing strong communities and supporting young pacific peoples. YECSI are pleased to have Chantelle for the next 12 months.



Rossylyn Ramoifuila

YECSI Membership & Partnerships Officer 

Rosslyn is the Membership & Partnership Officer for the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI).

His primary responsibility is to implement membership core services and facilitate value added activities and events for YECSI’s members. Part of his role also is to grow and maintain the partnerships between stakeholders and YECSI.

Rosslyn is from the Northern region of Malaita Province.

Prior to joining YECSI Rosslyn worked as an inventory team leader at Bmobile Ltd. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Rosslyn joined YECSI in July 2020.