Congratulations to the 2018 Recipients of the Fall Professional Fellows Program Winners

The Professional Fellows Program is pleased to announce the recipients of the fall 2018 Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program.

This year, there are three Fijian and two i-Kiribati recipients among the emerging leaders from around the world participating in this program. The selected participants from the tourism industry will go to Honolulu, Hawai‘i for an intensive six-week program that will build significant new capacity and facilitate enduring professional bonds between industry leaders in the United States and the Pacific Islands.

The recipients are: Rosena Ali, Reservations and Revenue Manager at the Treasure Island Resort; Apisalome Movono, Lecturer in Tourism Studies at the University of the South Pacific; Sera Vulaono, Manager Global Brand & Content at Fiji Airways; Kiarake Karuaki, Tourism Officer at Kiribati National Tourism Office; and Ratu Tebana, Senior Tourism Officer at Kiribati National Tourism Office.

  Regional Public Affairs Officer Rebecca Archer-Knepper (second from left) meets with the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program recipients, Apisalome Movono (left), Ratu Tebana (middle), Rosena Ali (second from right) and Sera Vulaono (right)
  Regional Public Affairs Officer Rebecca Archer-Knepper (left) with Kiarake Karuaki, the Pacific Islands Tourism Professional Fellows Program recipient from Kiribati.

This program will draw broadly and deeply upon Hawaii’s unique position as a part of the United States with one of the world’s premier tourism industries. It is designed to build capacity across the Pacific region by creating strong and enduring connections between 32 mid-level Professional Fellows from 13 Pacific island countries and numerous Hawaii-based U.S. citizens in private and public tourism-related organizations.

The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the East West Center in Hawaii.

U.S. Embassy Suva Public Affairs Officer, Rebecca Archer-Knepper met with the Professional Fellows and said, “This program affords promising young professionals the opportunity to gain practical, professional experience in the United States and share their experiences with the host organizations. The fellows will promote mutual understanding, enhance leadership, and professional skills, as well as build lasting, sustainable partnerships across the region. We are looking for more people to apply for the next iteration of the Professional Fellows Program.”

Professional Fellows Program – April 2019 Applications Now Open

Professional Fellows Program will be accepting applications between now and November 30, 2018 from participants of 13 Pacific Island nations on the theme of economic empowerment, with an emphasis on tourism.

Application review, interviews and selection will occur between December 2018 and early April 2019. Participants will then travel to the United States in late April 2019. The program concludes with the Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC from May 27-31, 2019.

The link to the application home page is:

Eligibility and Application Overview

Applicants should be:

 emerging leaders in government, civil society, or the private sector, having a track record of making an impact in their community, organization, or company pertaining to the respective theme;
 mid-level professionals, ages 25-40, currently employed with at least two years of professional work experience at the time of application;
 proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application;
 self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting; and
 genuinely interested in developing an individual project of their own selection in their home workplace or community.

Application Period

 October 1 – November 16, 2018: Application period opens. Recruitment of foreign fellows for the April 2019 U.S. Program.

For more information, please contact: Regional Public Affairs Office at (679) 331-4466