Domenic Friguglietti – Project Director (PACMAS) & Head of Mekong and Pacific (ABC International)

Domenic is responsible for the management, strategic direction and business development of ABC International Development. Key to his role is coordinating the ABC’s relationships with fellow broadcasters, media-related organisations and donor agencies worldwide. Domenic has worked in the media for more than 20 years directing, designing, implementing and reviewing projects; negotiating contracts and managing relationships.

He has a Master of Business degree; Graduate Diploma in Media, Communications and IT Law; a Graduate Diploma in Organisation Behaviour; and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Psychology. 

Francis Herman – Program Manager

The Program Manager is responsible for the delivery of PACMAS in the Pacific and has oversight over the planning, implementation and monitoring of all PACMAS activities and partnerships. Francis’s role is primarily to ensure that PACMAS remains relevant and responsive to the needs of the Pacific communications and media industry. He reports to the PACMAS Project Director.

Francis was previously Team Leader of the Australian Government funded Vois Blong Yumi (VBY) project in Vanuatu after first joining VBY as Program Development Advisor in mid-2007. Francis has worked in the Pacific media industry for over 30 years.  Prior to joining ABC International Projects in 2007, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Limited and resigned not long after the December 2006 military coup.

He is a Communications graduate from Australia and has also undertaken executive media management courses in Hawaii, Australia, Fiji and Germany. Francis has also held key board positions in the former Pacific Islands Broadcasting Association (PIBA), the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), the Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA).

Kate Raseta – Project Manager

Kate is Melbourne-based. She is responsible for all logistics associated with supporting the team in country, procurement, financial and contract management, and coordination of all reporting. Kate’s role includes liaising with PACMAS staff to ensure the project is on track and help resolve any issues.

Kate has worked in the media for more than 15 years as a journalist, editor, digital producer and content strategist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and History.

Talita Tu’ipulotu – Innovation Fund Coordinator

Talita Tu’ipulotu comes to PACMAS from the Tonga Netball Association where she was National Operations Manager under the Australian funded Pacific Sports Partnership. Prior to her work with Tonga Netball sports, she was Senior Communications Officer for the Vanuatu-based Pacific Institute of Public Policy (PiPP). She left media to engage in this youth and community development sports project and returns to the media landscape with a stronger and better understanding of working with the Pacific people on media development.

Talita is a broadcast journalist who has worked in editorial and program production in radio and television. Apart from her work with PiPP, she has worked for the Royal Land Commission in Tonga and the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC). She holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from the Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) in Auckland, NZ and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Westminster in London, UK.

Ellenson Taurakoto – Website Coordinator

A key feature of PACMAS is significantly enhanced communication and networking, which is largely facilitated through the PACMAS website (www.pacmas.org). Ellenson oversees our website and aims to foster dialogue and lesson learning on the contribution of the Pacific media sector to better governance. The visibility of PACMAS among the Pacific media sector is an important element of PACMAS, and the website plays a key role in sustaining effective dialogue concerning issues affecting the various components of the program. The PACMAS website functions as both an information site for a general audience interested in media development issues in the Pacific; and a resource for individuals involved in the project that enables them to communicate with each other; share research and contacts; and report on projects.

Ellenson is a Ni-Vanuatu who joined PACMAS from the Vanuatu Broadcasting & Television Corporation (VBTC) where she was Team Leader Commercial. Prior to that senior management role, Ellenson was Administrative Assistant for UN Women in Port Vila. She attended Malapoa College in Port Vila, Nelson Girls’ College in New Zealand, and Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. She is a former Vanuatu national netball rep having appeared for her country in the Pacific mini games in Port Vila (1993) and Guam (1999).

Fabienne Rolland – Administrative Assistant

Fabienne is no stranger to the Pacific having worked for the Pacific Operations Centre for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) for the best of 23 years. The Centre was based in Port Vila from 1982 to 2005 until it relocated to Fiji. She joined Team PACMAS in September 2012 and oversees all administrative and financial matters for our Port Vila head office.