Nuku’alofa – July 2, 2019: 11.05am (Enviro News/PIANGO): Tonga’s Emeline Siale Ilolahia has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO).
Ms. Ilolahia was formerly Executive Director of the Civil Society Organisation Forum of Tonga (CSFOT) and a key player in partnering with the Department of Environment.
A statement from PIANGO yesterday confirmed her appointment to replace Emele Duituturaga, who had held the PIANGO top post for the past 10 years.
Ms Ilolahia was a long time Tongan civil society leader. She joined PIANGO in April last year as the Deputy Executive Director.
PIANGO said her appointment signalled a new dawn as she comes with more than 10 years of experience and a track record in promoting sustainable growth and social development in the region and a reputation for developing strong partnerships within the civil society sector and exposure in regional and global advocacy.
In more recent years, PIANGO has focused on regional and global advocacy. Ms Ilolahia also brings to the position a unique combination of experiences working at the regional and country level.
She will lead PIANGO’s focus in strengthening the participatory leadership role of its membership network of National Liaison Units (NLUs) in 24 countries and territories throughout the Pacific.
PIANGO Board Chair Sarah Nededong said PIANGO is blessed to have such passionate and committed leader to the pacific.
“We are excited to have Ms. Ilolahia join the PIANGO regional Secretariat to strengthen our work with our members and civil society in the Islands,” Ms Nededeong said.
Ms Ilolahia is based in Suva at the PIANGO Secretariat headquarters and is now focused on leading the PIANGO towards the upcoming High Level Political Forum in New York, the 59th Pacific Islands Forum Meeting in Tuvalu and the PIANGO Council in April 2020.
She holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific, Graduate Diploma in Non-For-Profit Management from Unitec, New Zealand, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management from Massey University, New Zealand.