USP Alumni Network

Alumni Profiles: 2000-2009

  • 2000

    For Viraaj Lad, managing the family business was something he knew he would do. As the fourth generation and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of BhikhaBhai's, Viraaj is proud of his family heritage and the knowledge gained through his studies at USP read more ...


    Farzana Gounder graduated in 2000. Growing up in a multilingual society had a profound impact on her undertaking a degree in linguistic. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Waikato University read more ...


    Metua Vaiimene graduated in 2000 and 2007 with a BA and MBA degrees respectively. According to Metua, 'the will to succeed is important, but it is the will to prepare to succeed, that will separate those who wish and dream, from those who make it happen' read more ...

     

    2001

    Tuala is from Samoa. He graduated from USP in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management and Public Administration. He later furthered his studies in Samoa and Australia and he is now a Certified Public Accountant. read now...

     

    The desire to make physics a more important subject in school is what inspired Asheesh Gautam to study Education and major in physics at USP. Asheesh graduated in 2001 with a BEd, Postgraduate Diploma in Physics (2004) and Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching in 2006 from USP read more ...

     2002

    Shalend graduated from USP in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Information System. He is now pursuing MA in Commerce from USP. He has worked in specialized roles of taxation, financial/treasury/internal, regulatory & compliance audits and currently as a Manager Finance. read more...

     

     

    Priestly Habru is from the Solomon Islands. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Literature and Language in 2002 and a Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Studies 2014. He is the owner and editor of the Island Sun newspaper in the Solomon Islands read more ...

     

    Janelle Montu Veresa is originally from Rotuma Fiji but now resides in the United States. She graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management and got her first job with the Fiji Ministry of Finance. I have my degree and am where I am because of the USP read more ...

     

    Joape Kuruyawa is from Lalati Village in Fiji. Graduating with a double major in Information Systems and Biology in 2002, Joape says that "Volunteerism inspires him and has formed the cornerstone for his career and personal life". Joape works at ANZ Pacific Operations read more ...

     

    2003

    Inspired by her mother, Georgina Vira decided to follow in her footsteps and become a teacher and an accountant through USP's Bachelor of Education (BEd) programme. Georgina was one of the first graduates for the BEd programme in Accounting and Financial Management at USP's Emalus Campus in Vanuatu read more ...

     

    With aspirations of leading the Solomon Islands one day, Walter Waneoroa decided to study management because it has helped him to effectively manage people which is a great leadership quality. Walter is from the Solomon Islands and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003 and a MBA in 2016 read more ...

     

    His curiosity about how the earth works and how people fitted into the earth system is why Shaun Williams chose to study Geoscience. From Samoa, Shaun graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 2003 from USP and also received a gold medal for being the most outstanding student in geography read more ...

     

    2004

    Akka, from Kiribati, graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Journalism and History Politics. She has worked at five ministries in Kiribati since her career began in the Government in 2004. read more...

     

     


    Faletoese from Samoa graduated with a MBA from USP in 2004 and receievd a gold medal as well. He has worked in Financial Management role in a local financial institution, a telecommunication company and currently working as an Accountant for Alafua Campus in Samoa. read more...

     

    With the belief that there are no short cuts in life, Timothy Morgan credits his success 'to putting in the hard yards which pays off in the end'. Graduating in 2004 with a BA from USP and Masters from Griffith University, Timothy works at Staging Connections in Sydney read more ...

    Rajnesh Prasad graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science and Information Systems. The greatest highlight of his career is being the brains behind M-Paisa, Vodafone Fiji's mobile money transfer service read more ...


    2005

    Tebao from Kiribati graduated from USP with a BA in Managements & Economics in 2004 and a MBA in 2005. Heis married to Terengaiti Ieita-Awerika (a USP graduate herself) and together they have five beautiful children. He is currently working as Secretary for the Office of the President read more...

    Tamahiki Charlene Tukiuha is from Niue. Intrigued by human behaviour and personality she chose to study sociology and applied psychology and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in the same field in 2005. Charlene now works for the Niue Government as Community Development Manager  read more ...

     

    Mereseini Tuivuniwai is from Sigatoka, Fiji and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Administration and Literature and Language. For Mereseini, the opportunity to travel the world and the pacific were great career highlights. She now works at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat read more ...

     

    Courtney Kruse graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management with Information Systems. Being her own boss is the job Courtney wanted. Now the owner of Applied Print Design read more ...

     

  • 2006

    Nitesh Chand is the current head of Corporate at Fiji Television Ltd. Comfortable with numbers since his school days, Nitesh choose to study Accounting and Banking. Nitesh completed his undergraduate and MBA degrees in 2006 and 2014 respectively read more ...


    H.E. Mr Salacakau graduated from USP with a BA and a Graduate Certificate majoring in History and Geography in 1977 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies in 2006. Mr Salacakau is High Commissioner for Fiji in South Africa. read more... 

     

    Sonal is originally from Fiji but currently resides in Australia. She graduated from USP with a BA and a Masters in Management and Public Administration in 2003 & 2006 respectively. She is an adjunct Lecturer at the Macquarie University in Australia. read more...

     

    Junior Ngatokotua is from the Cook Islands. He graduated in 2006 with a LLB and PDLP and in 2010 with a PDPD. His greatest achievement as a student was completing his undergraduate studies in 4 years instead of the stated 5 years. He is the Senior Maritime Officer Legal with the Ministry of Transport read more ...

     
    2007

    The story of Pita Tuiloma, an Alumnus of The University of the South Pacific who rose through learning challenges to graduate with his first degree in 2007. Pita is currently studying towards his second Master’s Degree in Development Studies read more...

     

    Joseph, from Solomon Islands, graduated with a LLB in 2006 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2007. He is working as a successful legal practitioner (Barrister and Solicitor). read more...


    Mareta from Kiribati graduated with a BA in Economics and Public Administration from USP in 2007.After graduating she started working at the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Cooperatives in Kiribati as an Intellectual Property Officer. read more...


    Rajeshwar graduated from USP with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting & Economics in 1991 and Master of Business Administration in 2007. He is now pursuing Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Trade. Currently, he is Corporate and Regulatory affairs [CORA] Manager at British American Tobacco (Fiji) Ltd. read more...

     

     

    Jama'l Talagi is from Niue. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, double major in Economics and Marine Affairs in 2007 and a postgraduate Diploma in Marine Affairs in 2013. She now works for the Niue Government in the Department of Fisheries and Forestry read more ...

     

    Tevai Matapo is from the Cook Islands, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2007 and a Master of Business Administration in 2009.  As a mature student 'I enjoyed the challenge of studying through distance learning to motivate the younger students to success' he tells Alumni News read more ...

    2008

    Tomwa is from Kiribati. He graduated from USP with a Postgraduate Diploma for General Managers in 2008. He has worked for the Government of Kiribati since he started his career. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer for the Kiribati Housing Corporation (State Owned Enterprise under the Public Service Office). read more… 

     


    Moriana is originally from the Marshall Islands but currently residing in Australia. She graduated from USP with BSc in Environmnt Science in 2008. She later completed her MSc in Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, Australia. read more...

     

    Casper Supa is from the Solomon Islands. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality Management in 2008. He currently works as the National Project Coordinator for Pacific Adaption to Climate Change (PACC) Project in the Solomon Islands read more...

     

    Tebanteiti Rokoua is from Kiribati and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Public Administration and Politics in 2008. While already employed, Ms. Rokoua decided to study at USP to further her professional career. She now works as the Human Resource Manager for the Ministry of Finance read more ...

     

    Annemarie Dunbar is from Denmark. She graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Sociology. Being passionate and fascinated by the all encompassing reach and nature of the tourism industry, for her moving to Fiji was an opportunity not to be missed read more ...

     

    Saiasi Fuli is from Fiji and started his rugby career representing Fiji with the Flying Fijians after completing high school. Already a civil servant he decided to enrol with USP and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2008 read more …

     

     

    William Reiher is from the Republic of the Marshall Islands. "USP opens up so many doors. Not only career doors but doors that you didn’t know existed", William tells USP Alumni. Inspired by his mother read more ...

    Believing that "it takes a village to raise a child", Tarita Hutchinson has managed to maintain a balance between being a wife and mother, student and company executive. Graduating in 2008 with an MBA, Tarita is modest about her achievements at the helm of the Southpac Trust read more ...

    2009

     Lindon Havimana was raised in the rural areas of the Solomon Is and the realization that our livelihood heavily depends on the ecosystem started at an early stage of his. So when it was time for me to decide which field of study I should pursue at the University of the South Pacific (USP), I chose Marine Science  read more ...

    With a passion for marine science, a career in Freshwater Ichthyology was instore for Leikima Copeland. Graduating from USP with his undergraduate and masters degrees in 2009 and 2013 respectively, Lekima now works for USP with the Institute of Applied Science read more ...

    Jenies graduated in 2009 with Bachelor of Arts in Management & Public Administration and Banking and Finance. She is currently pursuing Postgraduate Diploma in Development Studies. She works at USP as Manager Marketing read more...


    Praneel graduated from USP in 2009 with a BA in Accounting and Financial Management and minor Economics. He is currently in Kiribati working for AusAID as Senior Program Manager – Finance and Corporate. read more... 




    Shalini is originally from Fiji but currently resides in Australia. She graduated  from USP with a Bachelor of Law in 2009 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies in 2010. She has worked at Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) as a lawyer. She is currently in Australia studying at Monash University.  read more...

     

    Tatiana Burn received the Gold Medal in 2009 when she graduated with the Master in Business Administration. A proud Cook Islander, she has put her MBA skills to good use in her business read more ...

     


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