Taholo KamiRegional Director
IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO)
Taholo Kami is the first Regional Director for IUCN Oceania Regional Office (ORO) based in Suva, Fiji Islands. He has held the position since the office began operation in 2007. His role involves providing strategic direction to IUCN Oceania’s four thematic areas; Biodiversity, Governance, Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change and Green Economy, as well as managing the establishment of a strong and effective presence of IUCN in the region with countries, members and partners.
Taholo is a Tongan national but spent most of his childhood in Papua New Guinea and holds an Accounting degree, an MBA in Marketing and has particular expertise in information management strategies in the Pacific Islands context.
He has worked with churches in Tonga and the Pacific, a director in various boards and a consultant with Governments and international agencies. International experience includes working with the United Nations initializing and establishing the Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet) from New York and has been a trainer within the region on small business and marketing strategies. An internet pioneer in the region, he has consulted on national ICT strategies and once ran the busiest networking internet websites in the Pacific. A self-described “innovator and strategist”, Taholo has a strong biodiversity conservation commitment and is currently the Chair of the Roundtable for Nature Conservation in the Pacific Islands.
Taholo is married with you 2 wonderful girls.