Think Tank

The think tank conducts research and engages in advocacy in diverse areas related to development in the Pacific. This includes and is not limited to evaluation, strategic planning, trend analysis and future casting. Funding is derived from consulting or research work related to Projects.

The think tank remains on the cutting edge by constantly monitoring movements and developments globally. Pasifika Nexus Think Tank exists to be a resource to fuel development and empowerment of communities, governments, private sector, civil society etc.


Our Team


Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro is the Founder and Executive Director of Pasifika NEXUS. A lawyer by profession, her interests span across diverse areas. Ms Tamanikaiwaimaro is a member of the Global Advisory Council of BrightPath Foundation and a member of Global Leadership Interlink (GLI). She is current President of The South Pacific Computer Society (SPaCS) an accredited At Large Structure within the Asian Australasian Pacific Regional At Large Organisation (APRALO) which is part of the At Large Constituency within ICANN. She is an Executive Council Member of the South East Asia Regional Computer Federation (SEARCC).

Ms Tamanikaiwaimaro is involved in various capacity building, outreach initiatives within the Asian Australasian and Pacific region. She has a strong interest in Information Communications Technologies (ICT), gender, cultural, human rights and development initiatives. From time to she writes articles on Circle ID.

She was former co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC) and a former member of At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC) where she represented the Asian Australasian Pacific Regional At Large Organisation within the At Large Community within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

She founded and established the Pacific Digital Alliance for Women in ICT.

She has over ten years’ experience in the Administrative Law, Antitrust Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Competition Law, Construction Law, Conveyance Law, Criminal Law, Customary Law, Cyber Security Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights Law; ICT Law, Internet Law, Intellectual Property Law, Private International Law, Product Liability, Property Law, Public International Law, Securities Law, Technology Law and Telecommunications Law.

Chaitanya Dhareshwar is a Technologist and Entrepreneur. He is currently based in Mumbai, India. Mr Dhareshwar has worked with various Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) without in-house tech support and helped them create Information Technology Departments and built them to a point where they are self-sustaining.

In his current capacity he heads technology and contact centre operations for Quick 2 Kart – an India based e-commerce service. Quick2Kart offers a rapid, customized shopping experience. As the Head of Technology, Mr Dhareshwar’s focus is to ensure the complete end-to-end functionality of Quick 2 Kart remains in continuous operation, 24/7, 365 days a year and grows & evolves with the times.

Mona Lisa Giheno is a lawyer by profession. Ms Giheno is based in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Ms Giheno’s interests span across a myriad of areas including Trade and Development. She is a member of the Papua New Guinea Law Society. She is also a co-coordinator of the Young Professionals Training Development Forum (YPTDF).

Dr. Jimmy Obed MBBS PGDMH is a Medical Doctor by Profession and is based in Port Vila, Vanuatu. He specializes in the area of Mental Health and has previously worked in Central Hospital, Port Vila and Norsup Hospital, Malekula.  Dr Obed is involved in pioneering in this area and building a sustainable Mental Health Care Service Delivery System in Vanuatu. Having served as a Medical Professional in both rural and urban areas, he has an appreciation of the challenges in small island developing states.  Dr Obed is a strong advocate for people with mental illness and a strong supporter for carers of mental illness. He is a key contact person in the area of mental health in Vanuatu. Dr Obed is a member of Global Leadership Interlink (GLI) and has a passion for community development and engagement.

Sokol Haxhiu has completed undergraduate education in Political Science with honors and graduate education in Telecommunications Management from universities in the USA. He is based in Tirana, Albania.

He is a Prince2 Certified Project/Programme Manager and with an extensive experience of working for and with international organizations such as the United Nations, GTZ, EU, Soros Foundation, World Vision etc., in high management and senior expert positions. In the recent years he has been actively involved with international platforms such as IGF, ICANN, etc. He has been in charge of strategic direction, guidance and management of important development programmes and initiatives in Europe in addition to directing large-scale project planning, preparation, management and administration. Sokol has expertise in capacity building, trainer of trainers, project/programme formulation/implementation, negotiations, monitoring & evaluation, research for development, designing/implementing information systems, strategic guidance, institutional strengthening, change management, talent development and resource allocation.

keishaSMALL Keisha Taylor’s interests lies in the use of technology and data for development, digital inclusion, communications, data privacy, technology policy and internet governance. She is currently Senior Manager, Business Planning and Research for TechSoup Global’s Global Data Services Programme and is also leading the Technology Team for the Caribbean Diaspora for Science and Technology (CADSTI) in the UK. She was an Internet Society Fellow to the 2012 OECD Technology Foresight Forum, “Harnessing data as a new source of growth: Big data analytics and policies” Having successfully completed the DiploFoundation’s Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme she was selected as a DiploFoundation Fellow to the 2010 Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania and has actively participated in all IGFs since then. She engages with many groups, development researchers and practitioners, that analyse the creation, handling and use of knowledge within the international development sector and has done research and written on the subject. She was a Policy Fellow for Access (, a global digital rights NGO and other programmes she has worked on include a web based project, which encouraged community groups to think of resources as more than money by using an asset based community development approach. She has an MA in International Relations from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and a BSc. in Sociology from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago.

profpicture Cintra Sooknanan is an Attorney at Law with a BSc in Computing and Information Systems and Masters of Law with specialisation on knowledge management. Her field of practice includes Corporate Commercial, ICT and IP matters. She is experienced in the reform of legislation and policy relating to Intellectual Property (with special focus on new gTLDs and traditional knowledge), E-commerce, National ICT Agenda, Privacy and Data Protection, E-government, Child Protection, Internet Governance and Cybersecurity.
In the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) she is the current Vice-Chair and former acting Chair and of the Not for Profit Operational Concerns Constituency (NPOC) representing the interests and needs of not for profit organisations in the DNS governance.
Ms. Sooknanan has over 10 years experience leading and building local ICT Not for Profit organisations. She is the Founding Chair of the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT), which represents the voice of the local internet users and is the only English-speaking Caribbean Chapter. She was also formerly a director of the local computer society.

3 Dr. Artak Barseghyan is a key speaker, invited lecturer, trainer, international expert in Information and Communication Technologies, Information Security, Cyber Security, Internet Governance, ICT Management, Scientific Computing, Innovation, etc.
Dr. Artak Barseghyan has been honoured with a double award for his scientific works by the U.S. Civilian Research Foundation (CRDF). Among other achievements by Artak Barseghyan are the EAA Honorary Medal. He is also the Awardee of the Competition Dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia and many other awards, certificates and diplomas by a number of international and local institutions – The Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF), State Committee of Science, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Armenia, State Engineering University of Armenia & Credence Armenia LLC, etc.
Dr. Barseghyan has presented a number of reports, lectures and scientific publications in the leading universities and international organizations in more than 30 countries as a key speaker, expert, scientific and editorial board member. He has attended scientific conferences, meetings sponsored by world-known organizations and corporations like Google, Cisco, Facebook, Yahoo, ICANN, participated in the high level meetings organized by the United Nations, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Council of Europe, International Academy of Engineering, universities and scientific centres, industrial and educational organizations from various countries.
Dr. Barseghyan’s scientific solutions are presented in more than 70 scientific works published in western and local journals.
Artak Barseghyan represents the Republic of Armenia at the NATO Science & Technology Board and is the head of the Cisco Networking Academy, providing trainings to state and private sector employees in Armenia. Dr. Barseghyan is also founder president of the Youth Academy and the same time he has great experience over 10 years in Governmental sector working at the Office of the President of Armenia.