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Jessie Sword

Jessie Sword | Chairperson (April 2005 - )

Jessie brings with her a wealth of business acumen and experience operating in the Cook Island's environment. She currently manages her family owned business, Cook Islands General Transport Limited, the country’s leading transport, shipping, and logistics business.

Jessie is a company director for a number of businesses and in 2000 was named ‘Cook Islands Business Woman of the Year’. A believer in life-long learning, Jessie is relentless about maintaining integrity, the value of strong corporate governance and in always seeking excellence in everything she is a part of. Jessie has served at all levels in sport, education, business and politics, and is an advocate for environmentally sustainable initiatives.

Jeane Matenga

Jeane Matenga | Director (April 2011 - )

Jeane has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology); Master of Business Administration in Technology Management (Latrobe University/APESMA), and a Master of Information Management and Systems (Monash University).

She is the CEO of Elijah Communications Ltd (Cook Islands Television, Radio Cook Islands, and Cook Islands Herald). Jeane is also the Managing Director of Mana Productions Ltd, a video production business, and the Principal Director of CI Lotteries Ltd which sells lottery games.

Kerry Burridge

Kerry Burridge | Director (October 2013 - )

Kerry Burridge is an international consultant who specialises in economic development, private sector development (PsD), small to medium enterprise (SME) business development, and banking and finance. She has considerable knowledge of and experience in the Pacific Region, and hasworked closely with NZAID, AusAID, ADB, IFC, EIB, UNDP and UNCDF. Kerry is unusual in that she combines a strong academic background with practical business and banking experience to create development advice that is effective at the grass roots level.

Vaine Nooana Arika

Vaine Nooana Arioka | Managing Director (November 2008 - )

Vaine Nooana-Arioka makes things happen! As Managing Director for the Bank of the Cook Islands since November 2008, BCI has grown its market share, introduced new services and products, reduced interest rates and partnered with Government agencies to deliver finance to un-served sectors of the community. Vaine’s experience is derived from over 15 years in Banking (6 of those years with ANZ Banking Group Ltd in the Cook Islands), and underscored with a Masters in International Economics and Finance (University of Queensland) as well as an Affiliate in Development Bank Management (Asia Pacific Institute of Development Finance). It is important to lend your talents where needed and one which Vaine has nurtured by active service outside of the banking world, holding various executive positions in non-government and government organisations, including Punanga Tauturu Inc and the Cook Islands Business Trade and Investment Board.  Vaine has also held membership with various women and girls organisations such as Cook Islands Womens Counselling Centre, Cook Islands Girl Guides, Cook Islands Business and Professional Womens Association and more recently as Chairperson for the Finance Commission of the Cook Islands Red Cross. Vaine’s personal vision statement is “A financially independent Cook Islands”.

Anne Herman-Fua

Anne Herman-Fua

Anne is a strategic business adviser and principal consultant for her own business, HF Business Solutions, specialising in sales and marketing, human resource development and public policy. Graduating with an Economics and Commercial Law degree from Victoria University and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific, she has built a reputation as an inspirational and passionate local leader with a focus on continuous improvement.

Anne has held leadership positions in both the public and private sector with 12 years experience in the banking and finance industry including six years as the CEO of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund and five years in various roles within ANZ Banking Group in the Cook Islands. She also supports her family business, Highland Paradise Cultural Center, an award winning cultural village and learning center and is a current executive member of the Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association.

Garth Henderson

Garth Henderson

Garth was born in Rarotonga on 7 June 1963 and grew up in the Cook Islands.A graduate of the University of South Pacific, he has a BA in Management and Marine Affairs (1999), Master of Business Administration (2003) and completed a Post Graduate Diploma of International Affairs in 2009.

He has 3 children and enjoys spending time with family, is interested in Cook Islands Culture and Traditions, especially land tenure and voyaging and has a passion for working on Cook Islands development challenges.

Garth was appointed as the Financial Secretary for the Cook Islands Ministry of Financial and Economic Management (MFEM) and Alternate Governor of the ADB on 16 December 2015. His position is responsible to the Minister of Finance. The Ministry is the central public finance management Ministry and is responsible for advising the Government on financial and economic issues as well as revenue and aid management, treasury, the budget and statistics.

Prior to this he was the Client Side Representative for the Cook Islands Te Mato Vai (Water) project where he provided the essential interface between the Project Steering Group and the Project Management Unit responsible for managing and overseeing the work streams that are delivering the project. Garth spent 3 years as a Directors Advisor for the Asian Development Bank for the Constituent Office representing the interest of Armenia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Krygyz Republic, New Zealand, Samoa, and Tonga. In this role he undertook research and analysis to provide advice on project, policy and Bank management proposals.

A long history in MFEM (2004 –2011) preceded this leading the Aid Management (now renamed Development Coordination Division) team and Acting Financial Secretary. Twenty years in the Cook Islands Police Service culminated in Commanding Officer of Maritime Surveillance Division, the third senior ranking officer in the Service.

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