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Free Bird Institute was established with a unique concept. Like the education in other western countries, people had high motivation in education. FBI developed Homestay homes where students can experience high level of hospitality from Fijians who have the highest index of happiness in the world.


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13 Commercial Street, Namaka, Nadi, Fiji Islands

The Board of Directors

Hiroshi Taniguchi
Executive Chairman
Hiroshi is an avid businessman who is also the founder of the Company. In addition to this, he also holds the position of Chief Executive Officer. His rapid growth mind-set and processual strategic approach has given him the ability to identify new business opportunities that has enabled the Company to diversify and expand its operations over the years. With an extensive experience in the Asian market, he is able to recognise the demands of the market and effectively allocate the appropriate resources and skills where necessary in the Company.

He also holds the position of Executive Chairman for the parent company, South Pacific Free Bird Co Ltd in Japan, an adviser of Scala Partners Ltd in Japan & Myanmar and a committee member of several Charitable Trusts in Japan.

Mereseini Baleilevuka
Executive Director
Mereseini is a teacher by profession and a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of teaching experience in Fiji. She also holds the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Company. Her vast experience in the education sector gives her the ability to strategically design the appropriate curriculum to suit the students. Her familiarity with the business for over 10 years gives her the profound knowledge and skills to conceptualise growth and effectively communicate with key stakeholders of the business.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and English literature from the University of the South Pacific.

Waisale Iowane, CPA
Non- Executive Director
Waisale is a finance professional with over 10 years of experience including over 4 years in the professional service firms including the big 4. His contribution in the business as the former Chief Financial Officer was key in driving innovation and learning as well as supporting growth and expansion plans of the business. His transformational leadership ability facilitates the necessary adaptive changes and value creation that are eminent in today’s ever changing business landscape.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting & Banking from the University of the South Pacific and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Certified Practising Accountant with CPA Australia, a Chartered Accountant with the Fiji Institute of Accountants and an alumnus of Leadership Fiji.

Latileta Qoro
Indepdendent Non-Executive Director
Latileta is a corporate finance and human capital management specialist with over 13 years of professional experience. Her professional expertise is in the areas of corporate finance, strategic planning, corporate governance, policy development and human capital management. She is currently the General Manager – Group Governance and HR at Vinod Patel and has over the years held key positions at the Reserve Bank of Fiji and the South Pacific Stock Exchange.

She holds a Master of Commerce degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Yoshinobu Higashi
Non-Executive Director
Yoshinobu is a lawyer by profession with over 35 years of experience working in the Japanese cabinet holding various key leadership roles including diplomatic postings such as Japan’s Ambassador to Romania from 2008 to 2009. His international relations and diplomacy network is vital in strategic alliances with stakeholders in the international market, a key in our relationship management initiatives.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Tokyo and also serves as a director with the parent company, South Pacific Free Bird Co Ltd in Japan..

Adi Litia Qionibaravi
Independent Non-Executive Director
Hon. Adi Litia brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board having a diverse professional background in Accounting and Law. She has held key positions in the past including serving as the Chief Executive of the Fijian Affairs Board. She led the strategic transformational changes that enabled the organisation to be more forward looking and dynamic. Her invaluable network reinforces the board’s relationships with key stakeholders that ensures processes involved with the expansion & growth plans of the business are adequately addressed with the highest level
of integrity.

She holds an Masters in Business Administration & Law, a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from Bond University at the Gold Coast, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of the South Pacific

Yoko Nameki
Non-Executive Director
Yoko has over 15 years of extensive experience in sales in the educational tourism sector both in the USA and Japan. This is demonstrated in the key roles she held in the past as a Director of the Japanese department for the SISA English language school in California and as the General Manager sales of the High School department for the parent company South Pacific Free Bird Co Ltd. Her understanding of the market and customer needs has led to the Company’s successful market penetration and continuous development of the high school market in Japan over the years.

She holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas, USA

Roqiqi Korodrau
Company Secretary
Roqiqi is the Company's Chief Financial Officer and has over 8 years of progressive experience in finance having worked in the professional services firm, Ernst & Young as well as working as the Finance Manager in the hospitality industry in the Cook Islands. He also held the position of Finance Manager for over 3 years prior to his appointment as CFO of the Company. His apt mindset and thorough understanding of the relevant laws, rules and regulations is evident in his ability to carry out the services of company secretary during the year.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Accounting & Information System from the University of the South Pacific and holds the position of Finance Manager in the Company