Women in Fisheries – Fiji (WiFN-Fiji) Governance Structure

WiFN-Fiji is incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act (Cap. 67). The Governance structure comprises of a Board of Trustees and an Executive Board.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring the Network’s compliance with the requirements of the Charitable Trusts Act. The Board of Trustees has three venerable members and are currently vacant at the moment.

The Executive Board is responsible for the management and control of the affairs of the Network. It’s members are: Ms Cherie Morris (Chairperson), Ms Kristyn Lobendahn, Ms Cema Bolabola, Ms Chinnamma Reddy and Ms Rosemary McIndoe.

Board of Trustees

Board Members

Cherie Morris (Chair)

Cherie Whippy-Morris is a Fellow at the Institute of Marine Resources, University of the South Pacific. She is a qualified marine-biologist with 30 years of project management and science experience from the Pacific and has a diverse set of skills in fisheries and aquaculture. Cherie has a keen interest in women and fisheries issues and is a certified advanced open water diver.

Being an Executive Board member of the Women in Fisheries Network- Fiji is another way of teaching others what she have learnt to achieve sustainability of the marine environment for those that rely on it for their livelihood. Ms. Morris has conducted research on coastal & marine ecosystems, tilapia, seagrapes, and has authored various publications including a chapter on Fiji: Coastal and marine ecosystems (2019). In C. Sheppard (Ed.) World Seas: An Environmental Evaluation Volume II: The Indian Ocean to the Pacific; Sustainable financing of a national Marine Protected Area network in Fiji. Ocean and Coastal Management, 163 (2018) 352–363; Supply chain and marketing of sea grapes Caulerpa racemosa (Forsskål) J. Agardh (Chlorophyta, Caulerpaceae) in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, Journal of Applied Phycology, April 2014, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 783-789.

She holds a Masters Degree in Marine Studies from the University of the South Pacific.

Kristyn Lobendahn

Kristyn Lobendahn is the Communications Officer for the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). She has over 15 years of professional work experience in Media, marketing and Communications. She is committed to effectively plan, develop, implement and evaluate communication strategies and tactics that would contribute to stakeholder’s awareness and understanding of a WiFN’s initiatives, polices and decision.

Ms. Lobendahn is a Past President for the Rotaract Club of Suva and was an Awardee of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards in New Zealand. She was selected as a Private Sector delegate to present at the Research for Development Institute in Sydney, Australia and part of the Fiji Delegation to the Business Development Forum in Tahiti in 2018 where she represented PIPSO.

She is a Qualified Graphic Designer, with a keen interest in language studies having completed Level 4 of the Chinese Language and is currently pursuing a Journalism/International Business and Marketing Degree from the University of the South Pacific to align with her work experience in the same fields. Kristyn enjoys reading and writing and has a keen interest in the space of Women’s economic empowerment and youth entrepreneurship.