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Nancy T. Oraka-Pomoso

Head of Secretariat

Nancy T. Oraka-Pomoso has worked with the PNG Public Service for more than 23 years. Her last job was working with the PNG Customs Service (PNGCS) where she worked for more than 11 years on large Customs Modernization Projects as well as with the Border Management, Capability Development and International & Public Relations Sections. She was a senior executive in the PNG Customs Service, and was responsible for Southern Region Operations before taking up the OCO HoS role. Ms. Oraka has vast experience in Customs and Taxation having also worked with the PNG Internal Revenue Commission for more than 12 years and with a number of private sector entities previously. She is a Graduate of the University of Papua New Guinea and holds a Master’s Degree in Customs Administration from the Charles Sturt University.


Laisa Kubuabola-Naivalurua

OCO Operations Manager

Introducing Mrs. Laisa Kubuabola-Naivalurua who is the newly appointed Operations Manager at the OCO Secretariat. Laisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of the South Pacific. Laisa was in the first cohort for the Certificate III and Certificate IV in Regional Customs Administration program with the Centre of Customs and Excise Studies at Charles Sturt University which was being organized by OCO.
Prior to joining OCO, Laisa served as a Principal Customs Officer in Fiji Revenue and Customs Service for 9 years in Nadi. She worked with teams in Intelligence, Airfreight, Parcel Post and Denarau port. She also served in the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit as an Intelligence Analyst for 8 years. Laisa is passionate about border security and intelligence networks in the region. During her term at FRCS, she was thankful to be nominated for several Customs programmes funded by Australia and New Zealand in the region including the Pacific Managers Development Program, Pacific Regional Immigration Identity Project/INTEL Programme and the Pacific Leadership Program. Laisa is also a WCO certified trainer for the WCO/UNODC Container Control Programme since 2022. In 2023, she was invited by WCO to participate as a co-trainer at the Cambodia Customs Air Cargo Control Unit Refresher training. Laisa is happily married to Ioane and together they have three daughters. Laisa attributes her success to God and her family. Laisa is excited to be joining the OCO Secretariat Team at this time where there has been significant achievements made and more that are currently underway. She notes it will be challenging but, she is looking forward to serving at a more regional capacity.


Raginald Khan

Finance & Corporate Services Manager

Mr. Khan comes with vast regional work experience in Project Finance Management having previously worked for organisations such as Secretariat of the Pacific Community and Pacific Islands Development Forum. Raginald held the role of Manager Finance at the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations(PIANGO) before joining the OCO Secretariat. As the Finance and Corporate Services Manager, he provides overall management of the Secretariat’s corporate responsibilities in finance, HR, asset and risk management.


Mohammed Ajaz

Customs Enforcement Advisor

Mr. Ajaz has over twenty one years of professional experience from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service and held progressive customs officer roles to Manager Audit compliance. As the Customs Enforcement Advisor provides advice on the needs of OCO members in the areas of law enforcement and border security.

John Sam

Trade and Revenue Management Advisor

Mr. Sam is a Customs professional with over twenty-nine years of industry experience from Papua New Guinea Customs and has held senior roles with dealings in international affairs and trade negotiations. A competent trainer on tariff and valuation as well as other procedures such as Excise, PCA, Rules of Origin and Warehouse. As the Trade and Revenue Management Advisor provides advisory, capacity building, institutional strengthening of trade and revenue related initiatives.  


Stephanie Waqanivavalagi

Executive Assistant

Ms Waqanivavalagi has over 15 years of experience in executive administrative support and Human Resources having worked with Fiji’s only superannuation organisation the Fiji National Provident Fund before joining the Secretariat in 2017. Her responsibilities include providing executive office support, administrative and logistics support, customer services, and public relations.

Meliki Logaulu

Human Resources and Logistics Officer

Ms. Logaulu comes with vast professional and industry experience with over 20 years of proven work experience in various industries as an administrator with strong progressive Human Re-sources experience; managing and supporting all aspects of recruitment, In-House/External Training, Inductions, Policies and Procedures, OHS Awareness, ERA Awareness, Contracts, Personnel Files, Payroll and Job Descriptions to support organizational goals and objectives.


Shayna Sadiq

OCO Accountant

Ms Sadiq, a meticulous and detail-oriented accountant with over 10 years of experience in financial management, budgeting, and analysis. Proficient in ensuring compliance with accounting standards and regulations while optimizing financial processes to drive organizational success. Strong analytical skills coupled with a strategic mindset to provide valuable insights for decision-making. She holds a Masters qualification in Professional Accounting.


Tokanuea Karakaua

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

With a qualification in law and international affairs and diplomacy, Ms. Karakaua joins OCO from South Pacific Tourism Organisation as the Research Assistant for the delivery of USPTO – IPR related Project work activities.


Darryl Woo

OCO IT & Communications Officer

Mr Woo comes with over 20 years of experience in the field of IT as an ICT Technician having previously worked for the Pacific Community (SPC) and before that with the Secretariate of the Pacific Community (SOPAC). He has a Trade Certificate in Graphic Designs and holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems.


Viliame Veiqaravi

Finance Administration Assistant

 Mr. Veiqaravi brings with him a wealth of experience from the Government, Corporate, Tourism and Civil Society Sectors and wealth of knowledge in Finance from the past 8 years . He was educated in Fiji and holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting and Human Resources Management & Industrial Relations from the Fiji National University.. 

Arti S. Naidu

Training Coordinator

Arti holds a Master’s Degree International Relations and Diplomacy and Post Graduate qualifications in Governance and Public Policy. Being a governance and stakeholder engagement consultant she has worked in various industries from Banking sector, Tourism, Public Sector to Development Agency in UN. She comes with over 18 years of experience of which 13 years has been spent focusing on designing and facilitation of numerous workshops and training programs nationally and regionally working through different levels of the community.