Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of SkeyEye Pacific Limited
Faaso’otauloa Sam Saili
Sam is a Samoan business systems and ICT professional. He has 22 years of experience in establishing information and business management systems, and developing innovative solutions to business challenges in Samoa, Vanuatu and Tonga.
Sam started in the Samoa Ministry of Finance as a senior business data analyst helping to set up the Samoa Financial Management System, Samoa Debt Management System and the first Samoa National ICT Policy. From 2005 to 2016 he helped Samoatel/BlueSky to setup and manage their Customer Care and Billing Systems, led the roll out of the nation-wide WiFi Hotspot network system, and administered the migration from analog to IP base telephony for corporate communications.
Since 2016, Sam helped to establish SkyEye as an innovative and socially responsible company with a regional and global profile receiving international, regional awards and grant funding including; the 2017 DFAT Frontier Innovators Award, the 2018 GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Award, the 2019 UNCDF FinTech grant funding and the Pacific Islands Financial Inclusion Program Grant.
Sam is a recognized Pacific business and ICT expert and advocate having represented SkyEye and the Pacific in regional and global ICT and ecommerce events. These include; the 2017 Pacific Wave Conference, the Barcelona 2019 Mobile Congress, the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in the Haque; the 2019 Pacific Connect China Conference; the 2019 Hong Kong Venture Capital Forum, the Samoa Champion for the DFAT GSMA 2020 Startup Challenge; 2020 Pacific Digital Conference on private and public partnerships, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s 2021 Webinar on Resilience of Pacific Businesses to COVID-19; the 2021 UNCITRAL Law & Business Forum on MSME in the digital age; Expert Panel UNDCF ‘Leveraging Digital Payments for Financial Inclusion in the Pacific’; and APEC Indigenous Workshop on technical barriers and considerations. Under his leadership SkyEye has secured close to $500,000 USD in grant funding for development and scaling operations for SkyEye in the Pacific.
Sam is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce, the President of the Samoa Information and Technology Association(SITA), the Secretary of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, former Secretary for Samoa Umbrella Non-Government Organization (SUNGO), Board Member and Treasurer for Goshen Trust Mental Health Services an alumni of the Emerging Pacific Leaders, Samoa Leadership Program and was one of Samoa Observer’s People of the Year in 2017 and 2019. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, Economics and Information Management Systems from Deakin University, Australia and is a Certified CISCO Network Associate 1-4.
Director and Planning, Reporting Adviser – Faumuina Charmina Saili
Charmina is a Pacific and international development professional with 28 years of experience on sustainable development, health systems, UN reforms, development cooperation and country systems development.
Charmina started as an Environmental Health Officer and then Principal Policy Analyst for the Samoa Ministry of Health (1993-2003) helping to develop health sector plans, policies and legislation. As the Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau (2003-2010) she focused on UN coordination, joint programming and the Millennium Development Goals.
As the Regional Planning Adviser for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (2010-2019), she coordinated the Peer Reviews of 13 Pacific governments’ systems of planning, budgeting, public financial and aid management. She also led the development of key policy frameworks and reports for the Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers and the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders. This includes the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development 2016-2030, the 1st Quadrennial Pacific Sustainable Development Report(2018), and the Tracking the Effectiveness of Development Efforts in the Pacific Reports (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) working across regional and international organisations and Pacific governments. Between 2011 and 2019 she represented the Pacific at global events on development effectiveness and the Sustainable Development Goals in Nairobi, Mexico, Paris, Copenhagen, Cape Verde, London, New York, Barbados and others.
She supported the Samoa Government and UN System (2020) to develop the 2nd Voluntary National Review report for the SDGs; the Samoa Partnerships Landscape Assessment for UNDESA; and completed gender work (2021-2022) for the Government of Samoa, UN Women and UNDP including; the Concept Note for the Women in Leadership Samoa Project (WILS) Phase 2; the Samoa Markets for Change Project (women in informal markets) and Gender Responsive Budgeting Assessments of the Samoa National Budget FY 2019/2020 working with VEV Gender Specialists, UN Women, the Samoa Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. In 2021, as the Senior International SIDS Planner, she helped FAO, the governments of Fiji and Samoa to organise, host and manage the international 2021 SIDS Solutions Forum involving Pacific Leaders, the UNGA President, UNDP Administrator and other global and regional leaders.
Charmina has a Masters in Health Management, Planning and Policy from the University of Leeds, UK, a Post Graduate Certificate of Health Economics from Victoria University and a Diploma of Environmental Health Science from Massey University, New Zealand. She is a member of the Samoa Conservation Society and the Samoa Animal Protection Society.
Director and Chief Operations Officer – Taima’aiono Agnes Saili-Kerslake
Agnes is a marketing, sponsorship, events management professional and a serial entrepreneur with 26 years of work experience in management positions in government and the private sector.
Agnes started as the Marketing Manager for Samoa Express-Samoa Realty in 1996 before lecturing for the Samoa Tourism Institute of Performing Arts from 1998 to 1999. She was the Events Coordinator for the Samoa Visitors Bureau between 2000 and 2003 before joining the South Pacific Games Authority in 2004 as the Marketing and Sponsorship Coordinator for the 2007 South Pacific Games.
At the SPGA, she was responsible for marketing including games branding, logo, slogan, ad campaigns and launch as well as merchandise licensing, stakeholder engagement, hospitality and broadcast working with international and local media and managing the SPG Sponsorship Road Shows with Octagon Australia. The SPG 2007 hosted 22 nations with 5000 athletes competing in 36 sporting events.
In 2008, as the Samoa Rugby Union Marketing and Sponsorship Manager, Agnes helped set up SRU’s Commercial Sponsorship Platform and global brand to secure sponsorship in a professional era of rugby. Also setup Corporate ID, website, games hospitality and merchandise. She successfully supported the SRU to make bids to host two IRB rugby events whilst securing the continuation of global sponsorship from PUMA, Emirates Airways and Digicel.
In July 2009, Agnes joined the Samoa International Finance Authority as Marketing Manager. She helped cultivate and expand market reach in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. She also assisted the Authority in structuring a sponsorship regime to vet, manage and monitor requests. Sponsorship leveraging included the historic All Blacks Vs Manu Samoa Match in Samoa in 2015.
In 2016 Agnes joined SkyEye Pacific, a company she set up with her siblings in August of 2013 as the Chief Operations Officer overseeing SkyEye Operations in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. Her responsibilities include Operations, Corporate Services, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Legal Oversight. In 2018 she co-founded the Maua.app with her siblings launched by the Samoa Prime Minister in August 2019.
Agnes owns several small enterprises including Lapita, Activ8, Cheesecakes Samoa and GeoRealtors. She serves as a Board Member for the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters, Robert Louis Secondary School and SIFA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Public Administration/ Tourism from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji; a Diploma in Ministerial Studies from RHEMA Bible Training College South Pacific, and a Directors Certificate from the Samoa Institute of Directors.
Chief Finance Officer – Tina Rosemary Ula-Saili
Tina is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) professional with 22 years of experience in public accounting and financial advisory and management for the private sector and NGOs in Samoa and Fiji.
Tina started as an Auditor and Accountant for Lesa ma Penn Accounting Firm (2000-2003) preparing financial accounts and tax returns for small to medium businesses. She moved to be the Financial Accountant for Computer Services Ltd (2003-2005) and Samoa Breweries Ltd (2005-2007). Between 2007 to 2010 she was the Corporate Services Manager for the Samoa Rugby Union managing the Union’s finances, preparing budgets for the touring teams, monthly financial papers for the Samoa Rugby Board and the International Rugby Board.
In 2010 Tina joined Digicel as the Finance Manager up till 2015. She assisted with the company’s annual budgeting process, preparation of annual statutory accounts, ensuring tax compliance with company tax, PAYE, WHT, submission of quarterly tax returns and assisting with internal auditing as well as managing a finance team of 12. In 2015 she became the Chief Financial Officer for Digicel Samoa Ltd managing the overall financial reports for Digicel Samoa, providing key advice for Digicel’s major financial decisions, managing annual budgeting and reporting processes, providing monthly reporting and presentations to the board meetings, preparation of company annual statutory accounts and traveling with the CEO to assist with presentations to the Chairman of Digicel.
Since 2018, she started consulting and currently holds three positions; i) the Financial Consultant to the Lava Hotel Limited; ii) the Finance Manager for Skyeye Pacific Ltd; and iii) the Financial Consultant for the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (SSCC).
Tina is currently a Director of the Board for the Airport Authority. She is a Certified Public Accountant, has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, a Certificate of Public Practice and a Digicel Management Certificate from Wharton, Philadelphia, USA.
Project Manager Maua App-Ecommerce Platform – Anamaria Saili
Anamaria is a Geographical information System and eCommerce professional with 5 years experience working as a Geo-Technology Officer for Skyeye Pacific Ltd since 2017 and currently as the Maua App/E-Commerce Platform Project Manager.
As an Intern in 2017, she developed the Skyeye Pacific Website before joining Skyeye as the Geo-Technology Officer. Between 2018 and 2019, she helped to establish the GIS Unit’s Standard Operating Procedures and Checklists and supported the Chief Technology Officer to undertake research and market feasibility studies for new innovative GIS tools. She helped the CTO with the Green Climate Funds UNDP Gita Early Recovery Rapid Assessment project managing logistics, processed photogrammetric data and worked with environmental and policy consultants to draft and finalise the project report. She also helped to create the Women In Businesses Development Incorporated (WIBDI) Farm Wallet to manage farmer accounts presenting for Skyeye at the National University of Samoa 2018 Conference. She was among the Pacific finalists that presented her ideas at the Pacific Agrihack Lab Event – ICTS from Farm to Table in Nukualofa Tonga in December 2018. When SkyEye was awarded the GSMA Accelerator Innovator Fund with The Maua App, she was assigned to assist in the conception, design, testing and development of the program, working with the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and other stakeholders to conduct extensive market research and in rural villages to inform technical design development.
As the Project Manager for the Maua App since 2019, Anamaria works with four staff to manage the ecommerce platform and drive its continual growth in users, vendors and impact. She manages the partnerships with the women entrepreneurs NGOs such as the WIBDI, the Samoa Women Association of Growers (SWAG), the Poutasi Development Trust (PDT) and the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) to get their products on the maua to access local and overseas markets. She has managed seven Monthly WIBDI Virtual Markets working with women vendors from the rural areas in Samoa including the remote island of Apolima to sell their produce and traditional Samoan food online to local markets. The markets have earned an estimated ST$26,000 for rural women during COVID 19 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. The Maua App has had 11k downloads and 2.8k active users. She is featured in several global events including the 2021 SIDS Solutions Forum 2021 and UNDP Digital Pacific Conference.
Anamaria received a Government of Samoa and New Zealand Scholarship Award studying for a Bachelor of Economics, Finance at Victoria University but withdrew in 2017 due to illness. She has a 2021 Certificate from UNDP and DFAT for the Mentorship Programme for Aspiring Women Leaders in the Private and Public Sector, and a 2021 Certificate from the UNCDF for Digital Marketing Strategies for Effective Media Buying and Measurement.
Client Relations Manager – Pauli Fetu Leapai-Saili
Fetu is a sales and marketing professional with 8 years of sales, community and social experience working with disadvantaged and vulnerable groups including youth, women and persons with disabilities. Her skills and experience includes, sales, communications, advocacy for youth and persons with disabilities including working with people with mental illness.
In 2016, she was an Intern Disability Officer and Project Coordinator with the Nuanua o le Alofa Organisation (NOLA) where she supported the first National Forum for Young Persons with Disabilities and was the Media Officer for the 5th Regional Conference on Persons with Disabilities supporting consultations on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. Fetu continues to volunteer with NOLA as needed. She was also an intern with the National Youth Council helping unemployed youth to prepare CVs for employment.
As the Teen Challenge NGO Youth Offenders Case Officer between 2017-2018, Fetu was responsible for working with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Ministry of Justice Family and Violence Court to manage youth offenders including counseling, supporting court case documentation and helping to implement rehabilitation programs. Since 2019 Fetu volunteers with Brown Girl Woke as a facilitator for youth and women’s community outreach programs partnering with the Peace Corps and the UN organisations. Fetu has been a facilitator at youth related conferences including the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Conferences, Brown Girl Woke, In her Shoes Campaign and has also been a Radio Programmer for children and youth.
As the SkyEye Pacific Client Relations Executive in September 2018, Fetu is the Sales lead managing SkyEyes clients contracts, disputes and providing operations support to Corporate Services. She has brought in 23% of the current number of tracked vehicles for SkyEye. Fetu also owns Lele Homestead, a woman owned micro enterprise started in 2019 that supports grassroots women including in Tokelau to sell their products to local and overseas markets. She has so far sold an estimated ST$34,000 worth of goods for her clients in Tokelau, Savaii and Upolu including for the Nofotane Women through the Maua App. Fetu has a Diploma in Ministry from the Rhema Bible School, a Certificate of Youth Work Level IV from the Australian Pacific
Director and Chief Technology Officer- Unasa Nomeneta Saili
Nome is a geographical information system (GIS) and computer science professional. He has 19 years of experience in computer programming focusing on developing and tailoring ICT and GIS systems to suit Pacific realities in Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga and Solomon Islands.
Nome started in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (2004-2007) as the GIS and Mapping Officer providing GIS and mapping services for the MNRE and other government ministries. As the GIS Manager at the Electric Power Corporation (2007-2013) he established the EPC’s GIS Database and Asset Management System supporting data analysis using GIS tools. He developed a tailor-made EPC vehicle and asset management tracking system to help track EPC vehicles and assets to improve efficiency of service delivery, manage assets and reduce costs.
In 2013, Nome set up the SkyEye Samoa Ltd as a locally owned and managed Vehicle Tracking and Geographic Information Systems Company. Since then, SkyEye has also set up in Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu and now tracks up more than a thousand vehicles in four Pacific countries. As the CTO, Nome researches more efficient and effective ICT and GIS tools to be deployed. This includes the development of the first GIS based addressing system (Ala) for a Pacific Island Country, the development of Apps, the use of drone technology, establishing smart forms for data collection, management and reporting and flood modeling.
Nome is a recognized Pacific GIS expert presenting at various regional GIS conferences in Samoa, Vanuatu, Fiji and Australia where SkyEye received an Excellence Award for their work on the Cyclone Gita Recovery Assessment in 2018. He is the project technical lead and lead developer in many SkyEye Projects including those focused on women, (2015-2016) Women In Business ICS Upgrade and Coconut Counting Project; Small Business Enterprise ICT and GIS Upgrade Project; Guadalcanal Plains Palm Oil High Res and NIR Imagery Capture; (2018) Women In Business Farm to Table App and Database; STEC Land Management System; Gita Apia Water Catchment Mapping Project; (2019) PPCR Smart Tools Development; Maua App; (2020) Vaisigano Water Catchment Mapping; Mitigating the Effects of a COVID-19 Outbreak in Samoa Web Database Development; 2021 Samoa Travel Tracer App; MAF SAFPROM E-Voucher System and Farmer Database.
Nome is a member of the Samoa Information and Technology Association and the Samoa GIS Users Group. He has a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji and is a Certified CISCO Network Associate 1-4.