Advisory Board

RRRT's external advisory board currently consists of the following members:

Andie Fong Toy

Andie Fong Toy

Andie Fong Toy of New Zealand is the current Deputy Secretary General of the Forum Secretariat's Economic Governance and Security programme. Ms Fong Toy took up this position on 23 May 2011. Ms Fong Toy’s extensive experience incorporates research on Pacific legal issues and working in a civil society organisation in New Zealand and experience in election observation missions, encapsulating vast knowledge and understanding of regional and international issues.

 Joni Madraiwiwi

Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi

Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi is a chief, a traditional leader, a lawyer and former Vice President of Fiji (2004 – 2006). He sat on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Solomon Islands in 2008 and holds the title of Lord Madraiwiwi Tangatatonga in Tonga, providing legal advice to His Majesty King George Tupou VI and being responsible for the settlement of disputes over noble titles. In 2014 he was appointed Chief Justice in Nauru.


Annmaree O'Keeffe AM

Annmaree O’Keeffe AM is a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy. She is also a research associate with the ANU's Development Policy Centre. Previously with Australia's foreign aid agency, AusAID, from 1986 to 2009, her various positions included Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Deputy Director General. She has served as Australia’s Ambassador to Nepal and was Minister-Counsellor for Development Assistance in Papua New Guinea. Before joining AusAID, Annmaree worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross as their international editor based initially in Bangkok and then Geneva.

 Ethel Sigimanu  

Ethel Sigimanu

Ethel Sigimanu spent over 27 years’ in the Solomon Islands public service serving in a number of ministries and providing the leadership needed for effective service delivery to the people of Solomon Islands. She is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children & Family Affairs. In the past 9 years, She also served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries & Marine Resources, Department of National Unity, Reconciliation & Peace, Department of Home Affairs & Chairlady of the National Disaster Council and Ministry of Women, Youth & Sports.

 Fekita U

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu

Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu was the Deputy Director General and Director, Education, Training and Human Development Division at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community. Prior to this, Ms ‘Utoikamanu was Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Tonga to the United Nations in New York and also Ambassador to the United States, Venezuela and Cuba, and High Commissioner to Canada. She has a master’s degree in commerce from the University of Auckland and offers RRRT knowledge and key skills in issues relating to the Millennium Development Goals, human rights, organisational management, governance, economics and sustainable development.

 rosslyn noonan

Rosslyn Noonan

Rosslyn Noonan is the former Chief Commissioner of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and current Director at the Faculty of Law of Auckland University’s Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy & Practice. From 2010 to 2012 she was Chair for the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) – In this role she supported the establishment and strengthening of independent national human rights institutions to ensure they met international standards.

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SPC’s Regional Rights Resource Team receives core funding from the Australian Government and additional project support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Pacific Leadership Programme (PLP), European Union (EU) and the German Development Bank (KfW).