Pacific Disability Forum makes new appointment

“PDF welcomes Sainimili to the team and are delighted to have her join us bringing her experience in advocacy, capacity building, lobbying and research on a regional and international setting,” said PDF CEO Setareki Macanawai.


Prior to joining PDF, Sainimili was the Project Officer with the Fiji Albinism Project where she was responsible for consultations at both national and regional levels with Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs), sourcing funding, publication materials, monitoring of data registry and liaising with the University of the South Pacific on enrolment of children with albinism.

PDF CEO further stated that Sainimili’s extensive research, training and monitoring & evaluation experience would add value to the work of the PDF in the area of climate change and broader disability inclusive development work.
Sainimili’s notable achievements include, being a recipient of the Pacific Human Rights Award by the SPC, Key collaborator and researcher, community-based rehabilitation menu and manual with the University of Sydney and co-authored a report on Pacific sisters with Disabilities.
“I am excited about this appointment and hope to bring a fresh perspective in the area of climate change and building resilience for people with disabilities”, said Sainimili.
She further mentioned that she will ensure strategic collaboration between civil societies, non-governmental organisations and governments on climate change priority areas in particular mitigation, adaptation and governance and information.
In her new role, she will be responsible in assisting with the successful coordination, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the PDF Preparedness Emergency & Response Unit (PERU) climate change programme activities and objectives. Sainimili will be part of the PDF PERU Team.