Mr. Solomone Fifita was the former the Head of the Pacific’s Regional Energy Programme, housed at the Economic Development Division of the Pacific Community in Suva, Fiji. He has served as Project Manager for regional energy and climate change projects for the Pacific Islands and prior to that he was the Energy Planner for the Kingdom of Tonga. Solomone was a lead author in the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy, the IPCC 5thAssessment Report and was recently a Lead Reviewer of National Communications for the UNFCCC.
Manager of PCREEE
Mr Jesse Benjaman is the Programme Delivery Officer at the SPC’s Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) office based in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. He brings to the PCREEE a vast experience in the areas of energy and climate change at the national, regional and international level. Mr Benjaman was the former Director of Energy in Vanuatu and recently served as the Director General for the Ministry of Climate Change in Vanuatu from 2016 until June 2019 when he joined the PCREEE.
Programme Delivery Officer
Ms. Milika Taufa
Ms. Milika Taufa started as the Program Assistant for the PCREEE on 4 November 2019. An ex-student of Tonga High School, a former secondary school teacher and a short stint at the NZ Immigation Services, Milika was also the Finance and Admin Officer for Tonga/Samoa and Vanuatu for the Aust-funded PHAMA Plus program. Currently she is responsible for PCREEE’s financial and admin matters.
Mr. Paea 'i Muli Tau'aika
A graduate of the University of the South Pacific, majoring in Economics and Business & Marketing. He was a former Vice Principal at the St Andrews High School. He is currently the Energy Planner (Planning & Policy) with the Department of Energy in Tonga. Paea has now set up shop at the PCREEE as its Energy Planning & Policy Expert, based in Nuku'alofa.
Energy Policy & Planning Expert
Mr. Sione Misi
Mr. Sione Misi is the Energy Efficiency Expert for the PCREEE based in Nuku'alofa, and also serving as the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards National Consultant. In this role, Sione’s responsibilities include the management and implementation of Tonga’s and the regional PALS project activities, coordination with key stakeholders and coordinating other energy efficiency related programmes in the country and the region.
Energy Efficiency Expert
Previous Staffs & Interns
Duration: 01/ 09/ 2017 - 31/ 12/ 2018
Mr. Nakavulevu has been involved in a number of energy sector consultancy works in the region. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Fiji Department of Energy (FDoE) from 2011 - 2014. He has been with the Fiji Department of Energy for the last 20 years. He currently holds a Master of Engineering Management and Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia
Sustainable Energy Private Sector Industry Expert
‘Eliate Tuhamoelotu Laulaupea’alu
Duration: 01/ 09/ 2017 - 14/ 02/ 2019
Knowledge Management Expert
'Anasisivaloa Tuivai Tuiafitu Masima
Duration: 01/ 07/ 2017 - 31/ 08/ 2019
'Anasisivaloa Tuivai Tuiafitu Masima was the Administration Assistant for the Centre, based in Nuku'alofa. Anasisi was formerly with MEIDECC, Tourism, Royal Tongan Airline, women groups, fitness centre, etc and is responsible for PCREEE’s financial and admin matters.
Duration: 18/ 05/ 2019 - 18/ 11/ 2019
Pacific Islander Junior Professional
Sarel is an Australian New Colombo Plan Scholar and electrical and electronic engineering undergraduate at Curtin University, Perth, Australia. He is on a two-month internship at PCREEE analysing the on and off-grid renewable energy systems operating in the Pacific Islands.
Only a few days into his internship (starting 20 January, 2020) he had the extraordinary opportunity to join Department of Energy staff visiting the Vava’u islands to assess damage to solar-powered infrastructure following Cyclone Tino. The visit allowed a stop at the Ha’apai islands on the way.
New Colombo Plan intern
Ms Darlen Lovi, a Papua New Guinea (PNG) national is the second Pacific Islander Junior Professional who worked with PCREEE from March – December 2020 based in Nuku’alofa. At PCREEE, she led the development of the Tonga National Qualification on Sustainable Energy, Level 1 to Level 4.
Ms Lovi is a Senior Physics Lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) in Port Moresby. She holds has a Master Degree in Renewable Energy from Curtin University, Western Australia and is a prominent figure in PNG’s renewable energy sector development.