Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community

The Board

Democratically elected at the recent General Assembly held virtually in 2021, the current POETCom Board will be responsible for providing guidance to POETCom until the next General Assembly.

Sashi Kiran (Chair)

Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises & Development (FRIEND). Have been supporting the building of organic movement in Fiji for the past 5 years. Fiji and the Pacific are threatened by a major NCD crisis as well as Climate Crisis. Embracing sustainable regenerative farming practices has the potential to help mitigate and improve human and environmental health needed for sustainable communities in our region.


Franck Soury-Lavergne (co-Chair)                                                                

Founder and manager of a market garden and fruit farm since 2012, with organic produces guaranteed under the Organic Pasifika mark. President of BioCaledonia since 2019.
Elected to the New Caledonian Chamber of Agriculture since 2017, Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission. Founding member of the COOP1 producers’ cooperative since 2017.


Litia Taukave (co-Chair)


Established the Loving Islands organic PGS group in Fiji. Worked with various development agencies to provide organic farmer training to a few thousand rural farmers and producers over the years, predominantly women.
Supported the development of national organic policies around the Pacific – Fiji, Solomon Islands, Palau. Supported the development of the Pacific Organic Standards guidebook.


Nambo Moses

Principle Livestock Officer-Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry Fisheries and biosecurity.  Animal health livestock specialist, paravet trainer and serologist. Regional founding member of POETCom.


Sala Georgina Sueina Mary Bonin                                                               

Over 20 years experience in the development sector at UNDP, current Board member at the Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI) and Market Access Working Group (MAWG) in Samoa.


Drew Havea

He is a founding Member of the Tonga National Youth Congress, an organic association in Tonga. Mr. Havea is passionate about Community Development looking at communities from inside, promoting local governance and resilience. 


Iototoro Vakapora                                                                         

Founding member of (NKA) Natura Kuki Airani – the Cook Islands Organic Movement. Chair of the local PGS group in Cook Islands. Sixth generation organic farmer on his land and farm. Since 2015, my garden has been an organic workshop for our members, interested parties and on occasion, our Cook Islands ministry of agriculture. I have been at the head of the expansion of NKA in membership, established relationships with environmental groups (Ipukarea), the permaculture community, and like-minded groups around the Pacific.


Standards and Certification Committee




Sachin Ayachit

Organic Certifier

Australia Certified Organic

Carolin Moeller

Organic Certifier


Gilles Parzy

 Organic Certifier


Claire Lataste

Technical Specialist

Bio Caledonia

Pauline Baudhuin 

Chambre D'Agriculture Nouvelle Caledonie

Donald Nordeng

Organic Certifier

Shane Tutua  - 

Zai Na Tina organic farm

Ben Copeman 

Organic Certifier

Southern Cross Certified

Sharon Ong 

Organic Certifier


Seth Wang 

Organic Certifier 

Control Union

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