PACMAS Program Management Group

The PACMAS Program Management Group (PMG)  provides high-level strategic guidance and oversight of the Program.

Membership comprises of one Australian Government representative (from the Australian High Commission in Vanuatu), one ABC international Projects representative (the Program Director) and up to three representatives (from the Pacific or Asia-Pacific region).  Women hold at least two of the five positions on the PMG.

The PMG members are highly respected and bring with them a wealth of Pacific, media and development experience. The group has a strong, strategic understanding of the role the media and communications can play to support better governance and development in the sector and will help guide PACMAS to achieve its goal.

They meet twice a year to provide input to and approve PACMAS reports, strategic activities, Innovation Fund applications and other documentation. The first PMG meeting was held in mid-February, 2012, in Port Vila, Vanuatu.


Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

Sharon comes to the PMG as the Director of Femlink Pacific. As a media professional she has worked in the radio and television broadcast industry in Fiji since 1986, working her way up the ranks from on air presentation to award winning copywriter to station management level. She has been instrumental in advocating for a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and was appointed to the UN Civil Society Advisory Group on UNSCR1325/Women, Peace and Security and since December 2010 has been the co-chair of a Pacific Working Group for a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Jean Gabriel Manguy

Jean Gabriel has had a long interest in community and media development in the Pacific. He has been involved in media training and development throughout Pacific island countries and lived in the region for five years. As a strong advocate of Public Interest Broadcasting, Jean-Gabriel has worked in recent years in Vanuatu and was involved in the review and redesign of media for development support activities for the Pacific.

Jean Gabriel was Head of ABC Radio Australia from 1997-2007 and his media management and project management experience reflect his strong commitment to the principles of professionalism, relevance and accountability.

Faiesea Matafeo (Galumalemana Faiesea Leisam-Matafeo)

Faiesea has been working in Radio and Television media for almost 30 years with almost half of that time spent in senior Management roles.  Faiesea is the CEO of a private Radio and Television service in Samoa and the Chairperson of Pacific Media Partnership, a group formed under AIBD for Pacific media broadcasters. Prior to this, Faiesea was the Chief Executive Officer for the Government Public Broadcasting Service.

Faiesea has also served at the UNDP Regional Office in Samoa as Public Affairs Officer where she was part of a worldwide network of UN communication staff and later as an External Relations Specialist.