Honiara, Solomon Islands
ADRA has seen some significant staff changes in recent months, with new country directors being appointed for Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
It’s been a big change. It’s hard work, but that’s overshadowed by the good we’re able to do for people.
All three new directors have come from outside the South Pacific Division and bring a wealth of experience from their previous roles. “The great Adventist movement is alive and well,” quipped ADRA South Pacific director Greg Young.
PNG’s new country director is Jasmin Simyunn. She’s originally from the Philippines and has worked most recently in finance and administration for ADRA Mongolia and ADRA Sri Lanka.
“Coming from Mongolia is really a big change, in terms of climate and security,” Mrs Simyunn said, “but it’s the same one ADRA family. You can really feel God here. In PNG of course it’s challenging, but I think we’re enjoying it. I’m very happy here.”
Jasmin Simyunn and her family.
Angele Nkou-Deemi is Solomon Islands’ new country director. Born in France and with a teaching background, Mrs Nkou-Deemi has worked as a consultant for ADRA UK and ADRA Denmark, covering international hotspots such as Liberia, Burundi and Yemen. She admitted that the new environment in the Solomons is a challenge, but said she’s “excited to be back in the field . . . back into the action”.
ADRA Vanuatu’s new country director is Mark le Roux, who has extensive team and project management experience in Australia, New Zealand, America and the UK, mostly in the software development and technology industry.
“Both my wife and I have been, for a few years, looking to do something for more than just ourselves,” Mr le Roux said. “It’s been a big change. It’s hard work, but that’s overshadowed by the good we’re able to do for people.” Mr le Roux is originally from South Africa.
Mark le Roux.
The changes come in the wake of new ADRA country directors being appointed for Australia (Mark Webster) and New Zealand (Matt Siliga), as well as ADRA Australia’s previous country director, Jonathan Duffy, accepting the top job at ADRA’s international headquarters in Maryland, USA.
South Pacific ADRA director Greg Young said “a changing of the guard” is an understatement. “I’m delighted to have such qualified, experienced personnel on board,” he said.