Talanoa Consulting

our team

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We listen. We don’t assume that we know. We listen to better understand your needs. We listen and build on your ideas for solutions.

We care. We’re idealistic and realistic – and we believe you can be both. We work on problems that we have the expertise to help solve. We don’t assume that we’re the right people and will always recommend others.

We reflect. We look back and learn from our past. We don’t reinvent the wheel. Many solutions already exist and can be refined and adapted to help solve today’s problems.

We question respectfully. Asking why can be powerful in understanding the root causes of an issue. But there are different ways of asking why. We hope we know when not to ask.

We translate. We try not to use development jargon that can alienate the very people development should empower.

our team

marita manley

marita manley

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT

A resource economist by background, Marita has worked across agriculture and forestry policy, food security, climate resilience, enterprise development, agribusiness research and sustainable tourism for over 15 years.

In addition to her management council roles with Duavata Sustainable Tourism Collective and leading conservation NGO NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, Marita is founder of Talanoa Treks, a social enterprise.

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Sangeeta Mangubhai

Principal consultant

Sangeeta has a PhD in coral reef ecology with 25 years experience working on environmental issues. Originally from Fiji, she has worked in Australia, East Africa, Indonesia and the South Pacific on natural resource management, coastal fisheries, "blue foods", payment for ecosystem services, value chains, gender, protected areas, environmental policy, disaster and climate change.

Sangeeta is an editor for the journal Pacific Conservation Biology and SPC's Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin. She has authored over 180 publications including 75 journal articles on a diversity of topics. Sangeeta is a 2018 Pew Fellow working on mainstreaming gender and human rights-based approaches into coastal fisheries in Melanesia.

nicollette goulding

LEAD CONSULTANT

A proud Pacific Islander Niki has a background in environmental science, programme monitoring and evaluation, climate change and disaster resilience capacity development.

Having worked in the climate change and humanitarian space, Niki has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders and is passionate about finding Pacific relevant solutions and leveraging the power of its people.

matthew capper

LEAD CONSULTANT & BUSINESS MANAGER

Matt has over 15 years policy development experience, working within government, with NGOs, and regionally in the Pacific. Holding a Masters in human rights, he has a background in migration issues and worked on regional immigration policy with the Pacific Immigration Development Community (PIDC). He has led projects on migration, tourism, SME business development, and supported various evaluations.

Matt has also been managing Talanoa Treks, our sister social enterprise, for 5 years, working in partnership with remote communities in Fiji to create a unique multi-day trekking experience. This venture has provided a wealth of experience in community consultation and enterprise development, tourism product development, and the many challenges that come with this.

rachana kumari

OFFICE MANAGER & HUMAN RESOURCES

Rachana has over 10 years experience in research, business administration and management. She is a feminist and a strong advocate for gender equality with experience working on women and children’s rights and empowerment for Save the Children Fiji and Femlink Pacific. She is currently the Office Manager for Talanoa Consulting and Talanoa Treks.

Rachana is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She has experience in project coordination, stakeholder, partner and supplier liaison, financial forecasting and budgeting, resource planning, risk management, scheduling and logistics.

pritika kumari seruvatu

FINANCE MANAGER

An accomplished finance professional, Pritika is a proud Fijian of Indian descent. Pritika holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accounting and is currently pursuing her Master in Commerce. She has extensive knowledge and experience in programme financial management in the international development sector, having worked with the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) over the past 12 years.

Pritika is passionate about working towards a resilient Pacific. She has experience in non-profit organisations, financial management, administration, cash flow, budgeting, analytical skills, logistics, and training.

and beyond

We work closely with a number of consultants across the Pacific, both individuals and firms, that we regularly sub-contract, and have a wider network of professionals that we connect with on a project-specific basis. We actively seek to support the growth of the local consultancy sector and welcome opportunities to collaborate with experts in the Pacific and beyond.