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Women Ocean Leaders

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Ore Toua, Maritime Training Adviser I work with the Pacific Community (SPC) as the Maritime Training Adviser. Before joining SPC, I work...
Radhika Kumar, Fisheries Manager Photo Credit: FFA Media There were not many job opportunities for an accountant when I was seeking ...
Moeumu Uili, MNRE Conservationist My current role as a conservationist working for the government of Samoa under the Ministry of Natur...
Nancy Taka-Puri, Legal Officer Photo Credit: FFA MediaThis is my fifth year as the Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority's ...
Losaline Loto'ahea, Fisheries Officer I have been working for Fisheries for 22 years, but it feels like my whole life has been spent aro...
Samantha Kwan, MNRE Samoa Photo credit: Benjamin Hansell I am with the marine conservation group in the Ministry of Natural...
Gaya Gnanalingam, PhD Candidate I am currently a PhD candidate in ecological sciences at Old Dominion University in the United Sta...
Cynthia Wickham, Manager - Fisheries Photo Credit: FFA Media I grew up in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands, home to the Taiyo...
Namrata Chand, MS candidate My friends have always known me to be a “fishy” person, just because my one of personal favorite quo...
Shannon Langton, NZ PPOA Project Consultant My whole life has revolved around the ocean. I have always lived on the beach or close to it. I dive...
Patila Amosa, Oceanographer  I am the dean of the Faculty of Science at the National University of Samoa. My background loo...
Andrea George, High School Student I attend our island’s only high-school and am currently in 11th grade at the age of 14. For as lon...
Caroline Sanchez, Pacific Tuna Tagging Program Since 2004, I have worked for SPC in the Fisheries and Ecosystems Monitoring and Analysis section....
Dimary Stowers, Fisheries Officer Photo Credit: FFA Media Four and a half years since taking up fisheries work in my homeland Samoa, ...
Charlyn Grace Golu, Fisheries Compliance Officer I am a senior compliance fisheries officer based in Noro, and this is my 7th year with the Ministr...
Tereere Tioti, Kiribati Photo Credit: FFA MediaWhen women’s views become women’s voices, everyone benefits. When you have l...
Sangeeta Mangubhai, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society Fiji I am a coral reef ecologist who has been working on fisheries and marine conservation issues for ove...
Yvonne Ueda, Fisheries Project Coordinator Working with communities to help them manage their marine resources has been one of the most rewardi...
Anne-Marie Jackson Photo Credit: Suzi Flack Tēnā koutou,Ko Anne-Marie Jackson tōku ingoa Nō Ngāti Whātua, Ngāti Kahu...
Anama Solofa, Marine Policy MS Candidate I am from a Pacific Small Island Developing State. I have worked as a fisheries manager, a biodivers...
Leinati Eteuati, Oceanography Student I’m a Samoan who was born and raised in the Islands. Growing up, I was always known as the fish gi...
Fani Bruun, Captain of Gaualofa Photo Credit: Charles NetzlerI train crew and look after Samoa's traditional voyaging canoe, Gaualof...
Mele Ikatonga Tauati, Junior Professional Officer (Small-Scale Fisheries), FAO   The ocean has always been the forefront of my career. I’ve worked for government fisheries...
Cherie Whippy-Morris, Marine Researcher Much of my early life was spent on a boat in the ocean either fishing or picnicking with my fami...
Rindah Melsen, President of Nusatuva Women’s Saving Club Ms. Rindah Melsen was an invited speaker at our event, “Healers of Our Ocean”, at the global Unite...
Pamela Maru, Fisheries Management Adviser Photo Credit: FFAWORKING FROM THE HEART OF FISHERIES REGIONALISM As a child, I was always fascinated...
Faapisa Aiono, Climate officer - Samoa Meteorology Office I think my work will help us save the ocean. As meteorologists and climate officers, we monitor an...
Emily Wati Cikamatana, GIS Officer Over the past 13 years of my career, I would describe myself as a Regional Public Officer whose go...
Juney Ward, Shark & Ray Conservation Officer I’m passionate about the global decline in the population of shark species due to commercial fisher...
Rhea Moss-Christian, Special Adviser on Oceans and Trade Fisheries management was not necessarily my dream and was certainly not a clear career choice I wo...
Maria Sapatu, Fisheries Scientist I’m a Senior Fisheries Officer with the Oceanic Fisheries Section of the Fisheries Division (Minis...
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