The Pacific E-commerce Team
Dr Andrea Giacomelli leads the Pacific E-commerce Initiative through his role as Aid-for-Trade and Trade Policy Advisor at the Permanent Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum to the United Nations, World Trade Organization, and Other International Organizations in Geneva. In his role, Andrea promotes the establishment of regional initiatives in the priority areas of the Pacific Aid-for-Trade Strategy and assists Forum Island Countires, individually and collectively, to make better use of Aid-for-Trade opportunities. Before joining the Geneva Delegation, Andrea worked as Consultant for the Pacific Islands Forum Secreatiarat in Suva, Trade Advisor for the Vanautu Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Vanautu Busniess, and as Economist and Policy Advisor for Government of the United Kingdom.
The Pacific E-commerce Coordinator, Andrea Ibba, joined the team in late 2022. Ibba is an Italian native and graduated from City University of London in BSc Economics and attained his Masters in Applied Economics with a focus on public policy and development from the Paris School of Economics. After working for a programme supporting academic research in development economics for the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Ibba has lived and worked in Vanuatu as a Trade Officer under the Overseas Development Programme fellowship for the National Government for three years and, later, took the position of Planning Advisor for the Sanma Provincial Government.
The Pacific E-commerce Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Officer, Donna Tekanene Reiher, is an I-Kiribati national who joined the team in July 2022. Donna holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Otago University in New Zealand. Prior to this appointment, she held the position of Senior Trade Officer for the Ministry of Tourism, Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives in Tarawa, Kiribati. In this role she was the technical focal point operating at government level overseeing the trade policy area that included e-commerce. Donna has also previously held positions at the Australian High Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration in Kiribati.