Board of Trustees

Peseta Arasi Afoa Tiotio

Fuimaono Rosalia and Funefeai Oliva Vaai


Adimaimalaga Tafuna'i

Executive Director

Adi Maimalaga Tafunai is a co-founder and the executive director of Women in Business Development Incorporated in Samoa. The organization was set up in 1991 and she has since led it through several transitions, mainly shifting from economic empowerment for urban women to creating and sustaining rural economies for struggling Samoan Families, In the 1990"s, she began a campaign to originally certify farms to add value to their products and ensure families wellbeing and health through eating organic produce. Mrs Tafunaî was involved in reviving the coconut industry in Samoa through introducing virgin coconut oil pressing and, in 2008 she confirmed a fair trade contract with cosmetic giant The Body Shop. Mrs Tafunai was also instrumental in reviving the dying art of Samoa's fine mat weaving and transforming it into an income generating activity for Samoa's weavers. Regionally , she played a key role in the in the formation of the Regional Organic Task force , which brought together regional organic practitioners and established the Pacific Organic and Ethical Community , which Developed the Pacific Organic Standard, only the third regional organic standard world wide. She believes that sharing is the pathway to success for small Pacific countries that don't have the resource's or quantities of product to sustain an export market. In 2006, she served as the chair of the pacific island Association of Non Governmental Organizations, Her Dedication was recognized in 2008 when she was awarded the New Zealand and Samoa Prime ministers Fellowship award. In 2012 Mrs Tafunai work was acknowledged with the Global economic empowerment award at the vital voices global leadership awards in Washington DC. In 2015 and she was named a member of the Order of Samoa by the Samoan government, she received a second Global Award for Economic Empowerment from the Diller Von Furstenburg Foundation in New York. Mrs Tafunai has served on the world Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on New Growth Models, and she serves as a mentor of emerging women leaders in the Pacific and the USA. 

Fuimaono Rosalia Me

Protocol and Cultural Specialist

Fuimaono has more than 30 years’ experience in cultural and economic development in Samoa. 


Finance Manager:

Savai'i Programme Manager:


Board Members:

Production Manager:

Project Manager:

Senior Production Officer:

Production Officer:
Salamasina-Finau Onesemo

Gillian Stewart

Pesetatamalelagi MA'A Tiotio

Sala Gogina Bonin,
Funefeai Oliva Vaai
Aloalii John Low

Louisa Warner

Taupau Alex Vaauliafa III Mikaele

Ferite Taualai

Faafetai Faletoa

Senior Field Officers:

Field Officers:

Tuputa Meafou
Norma Keleni Tauilili

Toaono Leuluaialii
Oneone Suaesi Liliva
Lilia Tafuti
Jennifer Lala
Matalena Faamanatu

Finance and Admin officers:

Marcus Sio
Nuuao Lalomilo
Usoalii Maiava

Data Officers:Vacant

Social Media Officer:

Micro-Finance &

Alfred Tipasa


Stefanie Stehin
Casual Staff: