In memory of Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro

By on 20 Jun 2023

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Sala with Elly Tawhai and Pablo Hinojosa at the Pacific IGF in 2011. Photo courtesy of catwings@flickr.

With much sadness, APNIC acknowledges the passing of Fiji’s Salanieta ‘Sala’ Tamanikaiwaimaro.

Sala dedicated her life and career to fostering the self-determination of communities and empowering the youth, establishing herself as a great friend to the APNIC community.

As the Founder of Pasifika NEXUS and a lawyer by profession, Sala’s passion for community was well known. Sala was a Fellow at APNIC 32 and an active contributor and participant in various community processes, notably the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC). Sala served her communities in various positions, leaving an enduring mark on Internet governance.

Sala credited studying with peers from around the world at the DiploFoundation as the beginning of her Internet governance journey. This experience gave Sala a solid understanding of the industry that she used to deliver a Pacific voice to regional and global discussions at forums such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) where she served as a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group, the Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APrIGF), and the Pacific IGF. Sala also served as co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC), which was the first civil society organization formed after the creation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

Her engagement with the technical community extended to participation at APNIC conferences and other events like PacNOG, supporting the ISOC Advisory meeting, and the ICANN’s At Large Advisory Committee (ALAC).

Sala’s understanding of cybersecurity’s criticality led her to become the inaugural Chair of the Cyber Security Working Group under the Fijian Ministry of Defence. She orchestrated a series of National Cyber Security Workshops, bringing together stakeholders from all corners of the region to foster collaboration and awareness. Even after her term, she continued to serve as a legal advisor to the Fiji Cyber Security Working Group. She was President of the South Pacific Computer Society. Sala’s contributions in this domain have been instrumental in safeguarding Fiji’s digital landscape.

While Sala’s professional endeavours and involvements form a very long list, her advocacy was consistent — she encouraged a multistakeholder approach to policymaking informed by empirical research, training, and capacity development and often wrote on topics at the intersection of Internet governance and community.

Sala’s achievements extended beyond Internet governance, attaining fellowships with the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association in Washington DC, and gracing various forums in the legal field. Sala was also actively involved in organizations dedicated to community empowerment such as the Global Advisory Council of BrightPath Foundation, the Global Leadership Interlink and the World Summit Awards, and was a lifelong member of the Fiji Red Cross Society.

Sadly, in early June 2023, Sala lost her battle with cancer.

Salanieta ‘Sala’ Tamanikaiwaimaro leaves behind a legacy of transformation and empowerment.

Please feel free to share your memories of Sala.

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  1. Segun Olugbile

    The Community will really miss you. May your gentle Soul rest in the perfect peace of our dear Lord Jesus. Amen. Goodnight Sala!

    – Segun Olugbile President of Global Network for Cybersolution and Sala’s former colleague at UN IGF MAG 2014-2017.

  2. Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond

    I remember the day she told me about her battle and I never imagined one moment that she would lose this battle. She was such a warrior.

    I met Sala many years ago when she joined the At-Large Advisory Committee when I was ALAC Chair. She really wanted to make a difference and help those who did not have access to the Internet. After much practise, I managed to say her complicated name (for a frenchman) without making a massacre, which was good as she was very active in meetings.

    Her efforts continued after she completed her terms in the ICANN At-Large community and I met her regularly at Internet Governance meetings around the world, such as the IGF.

    I will miss her voice, I will miss her determination, her energy, her ability to bring people together, her efforts in getting young people interested in making the Internet a better place for everyone.

    May she continue to do good, wherever she is.

  3. David Olive , SVP ICANN

    What a lovely and fitting tribute to Salanieta. What an impressive list of service and accomplishments. A loss indeed for the Community, both gladly and locally. Our condolences to the family.


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