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

LEAD 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.

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

CONSULTANT

Matt has 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.

Prior to this, Matt worked on regional immigration policy with the Pacific Immigration Development Community (PIDC), and has worked for the UK government and NGO sector in various policy roles.

rachana kumari

MANAGER

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.