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Water Governance Staff list & Vacancies
Christopher Paterson
Christopher Paterson
Christopher Paterson
Email: [email protected]
Extension: 228
Christopher Paterson

Chris joined SOPAC as the Mainstreaming and Indicators Advisor (MAIN) for the UNDP/UNEP/GEF Pacific IWRM Project in 2009. Prior to this he worked for UNEP on the South China Sea Project from 2004-2009 and as a Lecturer in Marine Policy and Management at the Australian Maritime College, and for the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, before that. Chris is a graduate of Southern Cross University's Centre for Coastal Management and AMC's Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Environment. He is undertaking a post-graduate research degree with the University of Wollongong's Faculty of Law in his spare time. 
 
Dave Hebblethwaite
Dave Hebblethwaite
Dave Hebblethwaite
Email: [email protected]
Extension: 309
Dave Hebblethwaite

Dave Hebblethwaite joined SOPAC in 2010 after three years leading an Asian Development Bank project tasked with strengthening the capacity of the Vietnamese government to address pollution in one of the country’s most populated river basins.   Prior to this, Dave’s work focused on the protection and sustainable use of Australian rivers, wetlands and coastal waters, including the development and implementation of water policy and regulation in New South Wales and Victoria.  His experience in Australia, Asia and the Pacific has given him a strong appreciation of the need for policy makers to work closely with those responsible for implementation on the ground, to ensure that policy tools are matched to both local issues and local capacity.  His move to the region honours a promise he made himself during his first travels in the Pacific as a young lad. 
Fane Waqa
Fane Waqa
Fane Waqa
Email: [email protected]
Extension: 287
Fane Waqa
Project Officer IWRM
Fane joined SOPAC in February 2007, providing administrative support to the IWRM Project – Water Sector. She is a final year student from USP pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Economics and Banking & Finance. Previously she was attached to TPAF as a Reconciliation Officer, than received her Certificate in Business Accounting at NZPTC while assisting a privately owned transportation business.
Arieta Sokota
Arieta Sokota
Arieta Sokota
Email: [email protected]
Extension: 246
Arieta Sokota
Water Project Officer
Arieta joined SOPAC in October 2003, providing admistrative/technical support to the Water Sector. She graduated from USP with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography and Population Studies in 1998 and completed Diploma studies in GIS in 2000. Previously she was employed at the Ministry of Agriculture - GIS Unit as a GIS Senior Technical Assistant..
Rhonda Robinson
Rhonda Robinson
Rhonda Robinson
Email: [email protected]
Extension: 36259
Rhonda Robinson
Deputy Director - Water & Sanitation Programme
Rhonda Robinson is the current Deputy Director for the Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP) of the SOPAC Division of SPC. She graduated from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Biology and Chemistry and started working for the SOPAC Commission in 1998 through to 2004 as a Sanitation Officer primarily dealing with sanitation and hygiene technical programmes and community and awareness related campaigns. Rhonda resigned from SOPAC in 2005 to pursue a postgraduate Masters programme and graduated from the Australian National University in 2006 with a Masters in Environmental Management and Development as well as a Masters in Diplomacy. She rejoined the SOPAC Commission after completing her studies as a Project Adviser working with a small team of people to design the GEF funded Pacific IWRM Project currently being implemented in the Pacific region. 
 
Following the design of the Pacific IWRM Project, Rhonda coordinated the Pacific IWRM Programme funded by the EU and supporting countries with their Water Governance needs until she was successfully recruited into the position of Deputy Director of the WSP in 2011 following the departure of the previous position holder, Marc Overmars. 
 
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