Meet the team behind the Pacific E-commerce Initiative
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 Countries, individually and collectively, to make better use of Aid-for-Trade Strategy opportunities. Before joining the Geneva Delegation, Andrea worked as a Consultant for the Pacific Island Forum in Suva, Trade Advisor for the Vanuatu Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Vanuatu Business, and as Economist and Policy Advisor for the Government of the United Kingdom.
Pacific E-commerce Coordinator
The Pacific E-commerce Coordinator, Andrea Ibba, joined the team in late 2022. Ibba, an Italian national, holds a BSc in Economics from City University of London, and a Masters in Applied Economics with a focus on public policy and development from the Paris School of Economics. Prior to joining the team, Ibba worked for the Centre for Economic Policy Research, supporting academic research in development economics. He then spent three years in Vanuatu working as a Trade Officer for the National Government under the Overseas Development Institute’s Fellowship. Following this, Ibba assumed the role of Planning Advisor for the Sanma Provincial Government.
M&E and Communications Officer
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 Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration in Kiribati.