Manjula Dayal, founder of Dayals Sawmillers Ltd and winner of the Women in Business Awards 2017

Manjula Dayal has been in business in Fiji for almost 30 years and this year won Woman of the Year at the Women in Business Awards 2017. She founded Dayals Sawmillers Ltd in 1994, which is currently a leading processor and exporter of Fiji mahogany and is now looking to expand with a steel rolling […]

Janet Sape, Executive Director,
PNG Women in Business

Winner of the Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year Awards and one of the Pacific’s best-known advocates on women’s issues.

Moale Leah Vagikapi Founder & Co-Director, IM Associates Limited, PNG

Papua New Guinean entrepreneur, Moale Vagikapi, is the founder and Co-director of IM Associates – a property development and management business that has expanded into other areas of consultancy including mobile medical services.

Lucy Kasimwane, Owner of Lukasko Group, Solomon Islands

When Lucy Kasimwane decided to leave her job, it came as a major shock to the people who depended on her – her family. It was a decision that took great courage but would change her life.

Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi, Managing and Creative Director, The Greenhouse Studio

Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi is the Founder, Managing and Creative Director of The Greenhouse Studio – a multi-disciplinary creative communications studio based in Suva, Fiji.

Jinita Prasad, Regional General Manager, PLN Advisory Pty Limited

Fijian businesswoman Jinita Prasad is the Regional General Manager for PLN Advisory – an Australian-based business that provides strategic and corporate advice to clients operating in the Pacific.

Hon Francesca Rhianna Semoso, Deputy Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives, PNG

Hon Francesca Rhianna Semoso is the Deputy Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives and an advocate for women in leadership in Papua New Guinea.

Florence Jaukae Kamel,Managing Director & Principal Artist, Jaukae Bilum Products Founder, Goroka Bilum Weavers Cooperative & Goroka Bilum Festival

Florence Jaukae Kamel is an internationally renowned artist and designer. With a reputation as the modern ‘face of hilum’, she is also an outspoken advocate for women’s rights, a respected leader within PNG’s Eastern Highlands Province, mother to five and grandmother to three children.

Soraya May-Malagi, Director of Operations Le Vasa Resort, Samoa

Since moving to Samoa from California USA, Soraya May has built Le Vasa Resort up to be one of the highest ranking resorts in Samoa on TripAdvisor and In 2012, she was also voted by Westpac as one of the top 50 businesswomen in Samoa.

Rita Jaima Paru, Dial-A-Lunch Services, PNG

Rita Jaima Paru owns and runs Dial-A-Lunch Services – a Port Moresby-based operation that supplies convenient, affordable and nutritious catering services for Papua New Guinean businesses, government organisations and the general public.