Tovia Va’aelua- Chairman   Tovia is a technology enthusiast born in Samoa and raised in Auckland. With already 20 years in the IT industry, his career has been spent working across Asia Pacific with almost a decade and a half of this with Microsoft. Now situated back in New Zealand, Tovia is very clear about his passion to help the IT industry become a viable option for Pasifika graduates and help Aotearoa leapfrog its competitors on the global stage. As chairperson, his role will be to articulate the vision for the group and orchestrate change that will help realize Pasifika and Aotearoa’s true potential as the positive catalyst for global change.

Tovia Va’aelua- Chairman

Tovia is a technology enthusiast born in Samoa and raised in Auckland. With already 20 years in the IT industry, his career has been spent working across Asia Pacific with almost a decade and a half of this with Microsoft. Now situated back in New Zealand, Tovia is very clear about his passion to help the IT industry become a viable option for Pasifika graduates and help Aotearoa leapfrog its competitors on the global stage. As chairperson, his role will be to articulate the vision for the group and orchestrate change that will help realize Pasifika and Aotearoa’s true potential as the positive catalyst for global change.

Fred Piliu- Treasurer   Fred is an Auckland native of Tongan heritage. He has held roles in product management, marketing, and sales leadership in high tech high growth companies for over 20 years. He has had the opportunity to represent some prominent New Zealand and global ICT brands in ANZ, and further afield in the Pacific, Europe, Central and North America. As Treasurer of Pasifika in I.T, Fred is focused on financial strategy, governance and the communication of our vision and values across Pasifika communities, government and business sectors.

Fred Piliu- Treasurer

Fred is an Auckland native of Tongan heritage. He has held roles in product management, marketing, and sales leadership in high tech high growth companies for over 20 years. He has had the opportunity to represent some prominent New Zealand and global ICT brands in ANZ, and further afield in the Pacific, Europe, Central and North America. As Treasurer of Pasifika in I.T, Fred is focused on financial strategy, governance and the communication of our vision and values across Pasifika communities, government and business sectors.

Bernadette Ah Loo- Secretary   Born in Samoa and raised in Tokoroa, Bernadette started her career in IT 25 years ago in Australia for organisations such as Oracle, Microsoft and MYOB. Bernadette’s role in the Pasifika in I.T. group as Secratary to support the development and growth of specific Pasifika in I.T. initiatives and engagements

Bernadette Ah Loo- Secretary

Born in Samoa and raised in Tokoroa, Bernadette started her career in IT 25 years ago in Australia for organisations such as Oracle, Microsoft and MYOB. Bernadette’s role in the Pasifika in I.T. group as Secratary to support the development and growth of specific Pasifika in I.T. initiatives and engagements

Joanna Welch- Mentoring   Joanna Welch born and bred in Auckland NZ of Niuean and Kiribati descent, currently living in Waitakere. She has worked in IT for the last 12 years within sales, channel management, key account management and services delivery. Her role managing the mentoring programme working in collaboration with associations, third party sponsors and partners to create mentoring that are targeted to our next generation tech Pasifika people.

Joanna Welch- Mentoring

Joanna Welch born and bred in Auckland NZ of Niuean and Kiribati descent, currently living in Waitakere. She has worked in IT for the last 12 years within sales, channel management, key account management and services delivery. Her role managing the mentoring programme working in collaboration with associations, third party sponsors and partners to create mentoring that are targeted to our next generation tech Pasifika people.

Joey Nanai- Social Media and Marketing   Born and raised in multicultural Auckland with Samoan heritage Joey attended De La Salle College before undertaking sales roles in various industries and taking a chance with IT in early 2017. Currently working in I.T Sales, specifically in cloud based Spend Management software, Joey’s role in the Pasifika in I.T. group is to help create awareness for young Pasifika and promote the vision and mission of the group via content shared on various social media platforms.

Joey Nanai- Social Media and Marketing

Born and raised in multicultural Auckland with Samoan heritage Joey attended De La Salle College before undertaking sales roles in various industries and taking a chance with IT in early 2017. Currently working in I.T Sales, specifically in cloud based Spend Management software, Joey’s role in the Pasifika in I.T. group is to help create awareness for young Pasifika and promote the vision and mission of the group via content shared on various social media platforms.

Steve Paea- Sponsorship and Education   Born and raised in Otara with Samoan Niuean heritage Steve attended De La Salle College and graduating from MIT with a Bachelor of Applied Management Degree. Nearly 8 years currently working in I.T Sales specifically in cloud based ERP/ Accounting software, Steve’s role in the Pasifika in I.T. group is to oversee the operations for the group and be part of the largest Pasifika I.T. Network in the world.

Steve Paea- Sponsorship and Education

Born and raised in Otara with Samoan Niuean heritage Steve attended De La Salle College and graduating from MIT with a Bachelor of Applied Management Degree. Nearly 8 years currently working in I.T Sales specifically in cloud based ERP/ Accounting software, Steve’s role in the Pasifika in I.T. group is to oversee the operations for the group and be part of the largest Pasifika I.T. Network in the world.