David Kloeden, PFTAC Coordinator (Since February 2017)
David joined PFTAC in February 2017. David is an Australian national, and prior to coming to PFTAC served as Coordinator of CARTAC – the IMF’s Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center based in Barbados. With 20+ years as an IMF tax administration specialist, he has extensive Domestic Revenue Mobilization experience. He is a CPA, has an undergraduate degree in information technology and post graduate degrees respectively in financial management, tax law, and economics.
Andrew Beaumont, Macroeconomic Analysis Advisor
Andrew joined PFTAC in January 2020 as the macroeconomic adviser. He has 20 years of experience in macro-fiscal and broader macroeconomic analysis and forecasting including at the Australian Treasury where he worked on monetary and fiscal policy, macroprudential regulation, and labor market analysis. He has five years of work experience in the Pacific for the Australian Treasury as an embedded technical adviser in both Papua New Guinea (macro-fiscal) and the Solomon Islands (economic reform).
In the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet he served as the Senior Adviser G20 and International Economy, covering global debt sustainability and macroeconomic policy responses to the Global Financial Crisis. More recently, Andrew was the Executive Branch Manager responsible for economic and revenue forecasting, economic reporting, demographic projections, long term fiscal modelling and Tax Expenditure analysis for the Australian Capital Territory Treasury. He is graduate of the Australian National University.
Iulai Lavea, Public Financial Management Advisor
Iulai joined PFTAC in August 2020. Iulai is a Samoan national and brings a wealth of Pacific and Public Financial Management experience to PFTAC. He was the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Samoa for nine years until December 2018. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Policy Management) for many years. He joined the World Bank Constituency Office representing the Pacific and was based in Washington DC as the Adviser to the Executive Director during 2006 to 2009. He also had a brief stint as the Planning Adviser to the Government of Nauru in 2005/06, and earlier in his career worked at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva during the period 1991 – 96.
Rajinder Kumar, Financial Sector Supervision Advisor
Rajinder is an Indian national who joined PFTAC on August 1, 2020 as the Financial Sector Supervision (FSS) resident advisor. Before PFTAC, Rajinder completed a multi-topic three-year assignment as an IMF advisor on banking regulation, supervision and financial stability with the Bank of Albania. He brings with him extensive experience in financial sector regulation, banking supervision, and macro prudential policies, which he gained through his 28-year long career with Reserve Bank of India. Rajinder also worked for three years with the Bank for International Settlements at Basel where he supported Basel Committee’s Regulatory Consistency Assessment Program and a few of Basel Committee’s technical policy making groups. In Albania, Rajinder has helped Bank of Albania introduce Basel III reforms in the country and complete implementation of Pillar 2 of Basel capital adequacy framework. Rajinder holds an MBA in Financial Management and FRM certification from GARP.
Marcus Scheiblecker, Real Sector Statistics Advisor
Marcus joined PFTAC in October 2018. He is an Austrian national with extensive knowledge and expertise in Real Sector Statistics and experience in compilation of national accounts. Prior to coming to the Pacific, Mr. Scheiblecker held various positions including as deputy director at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research where he acted as an advisor to Eurostat for seasonal adjustment and on financial statistics and national accounts for Statistics Austria.
Shane Prasad, Analyst
Ms. Shane Prasad joined the PFTAC team in August 2018 and supports the program analysis, reporting and outreach activities. Shane is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific (USP) with a Masters of Commerce. Previously, she worked at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.
Paul Seeds, Public Financial Management Advisor
Paul Seeds, a British national, is replacing Richard Neves as resident PFM advisor. Paul joined PFTAC October 1, 2020 from East AFRITAC, IMF’s technical assistance center for East Africa, where he has worked for the past five years. Starting his overseas career in Kiribati, he has worked extensively with many development partners covering 20 countries, in a career spanning nearly 40 years.
Georg Eysselein, Revenue Administration Advisor
Georg joined PFTAC in November 2018 and is a South African National. Georg worked for the South African Revenue Service for more than 30 years in various senior positions. His international career started by working for the IMF and the European Delegation in Macedonia, followed by DFID, USAid and World Bank funded projects in Afghanistan and Somalia. Georg was closely involved with the implementation of the post-graduate Tax Professional Qualification in South Africa for tax practitioners in the private sector and taxation auditors working for the Revenue Service.
Briar Ashlee Ferguson, Debt Management Advisor
Briar joins PFTAC from the United Kingdom where she spent five years delivering technical assistance and capacity development to Commonwealth members as a Public Debt Management Advisor at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Prior to this she spent a decade at the New Zealand Debt Management Office in market facing and risk management roles. Briar holds a Masters in Applied Finance and brings with her a breadth of experience from both practitioner and advisory perspectives.
Elenoa Bogiwalu, Senior Administrative Assistant (Information/Operations)
Elenoa is responsible for the general administration of the Centre, including mission documentation, IT systems, external communications and publications. She worked previously at the RBF and the ILO.
Maria Nina Samuela, Office Manager
Nina joined the Centre in 1993. Prior to this she worked in Tapa Tours Ltd as a travel consultant and American Express Supervisor and 3 years with USAID.
Nina leads a team of 4 local staff who provide support to the 6 PFTAC programs, Financial Sector Supervision, Government Finance Statistics, Macro-Economics, Public Financial Management, Real Sector Statistics and Revenue Administration. She provides support to the Center Coordinator, is responsible for office management and accounting and assists the Financial Sector Supervision and Macro-Economics programs.
Kalara Raidruta, Administrative Assistant
Kalara is Administrative Assistant and Receptionist joined the PFTAC team in June 2019. In addition to general administrative responsibilities of the Centre, including the first face and voice of PFTAC for visitors and callers, Kalara provides support to the Real Sector and Government Finance Sectors programs. Kalara previously worked at the Australian High Commission in Suva.
Pretti Lata, Administrative Assistant
Pretti joined the PFTAC team in February 2020 and provides support to the Revenue program and advisor. Pretti has a BA and Master of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific. She comes with 18 years of insurance sector experience in claims, underwriting, compliance, administration and human resources at Fiji Care Insurance Limited.