Pacific Women in ICT Project Manager – Doreen Leona

BA, Management, Administration and GIS, USP, Fiji

Certificate in Telecommunications, Telekom College, PNG

Project Manager, BRANTV UNDP/GEF Project, Department of Energy, Ministry of Climate Change

Chairlady Women in ICT – Vanuatu
Email: doreenleona16@gmail.com; dleona@vanuatu.gov.vu
Facebook accounts: Women in ICT – Vanuatu

Doreen Leona graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Management and Administration at the University of South Pacific (USP) Suva Fiji in 1998.

She started working as a Mapping officer for the Policy and Planning, Ministry of Education. A year later she joined a local telecom company Telecom Vanuatu Limited (TVL) introducing GIS as a tool to design underground networks for both copper and fiber networks. The tool was also used to map Radio networks and mobile coverage. She finished working for TVL as a Sales Customer Care and Distribution Manager and joined Telecommunications and Radiocommunications Regulator (TRR) as a consultant in GIS and ICT Special projects.

One of the projects was launched the first ever ICT Days in Vanuatu in 2012 with the theme Women and Girls in ICT. The GIS database was implemented and a training guide was developed.

She left TRR to join the Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) when she was managing the Broadband pilot project on the Universal Access Policy at Rensarie college, Malekula.

Since December 2018 she was recruited as a Project Manager on UNDP/GEF Energy project, BRANTV to mitigate Climate Change and achieve the National Energy Road Map (NERM) targets of Vanuatu.

She started the Women and Girls in ICT for Vanuatu launched the Association and its constitution in 2015. Every year Vanuatu joined the international communities to celebrate Women and Girls in ICT Day every fourth Thursday of the fourth week of April.

She is also a member of the SMART Sistas group, promoting and empowering girls in ICT through coding and programming. We have SMART Sistas girls ICT camp every year during the ICT Days in May.

CORE COMPETENCIES

  • Over seven years Designing Underground (copper & fiber) Telecommunication Network
  • Seven  years managing Telecommunications Technical Department
  • Four years managing Telecommunication’s Commercial Department
  • Community Development Project experience in Telecommunications
  • Design and Build GIS Database for Telecommunications Industry
  • Chairlady Women and Girls in ICT Vanuatu
  • ICT Advisor
  • Project Design and Management
  • Effective Report Writing
  • Quality Events Organization
  • Multiskilling
  • People’s Relation Skills
  • Fluency in English and Bislama  

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Build GIS for Telecommunications industry
  • Computerize Telecommunications Underground Network Designs
  • Coordination of the First National ICT Day World Telecommunications
  • Participate in the development of the first national ICT and UAP Policies
  • Launch of National Women and Girls in ICT organizations
  • Successfully Manage UAP Broadband Pilot Project in a Community Centre in Rensarie Malekula
  • Participate in the development of the Corporate Strategic Plan
  • Participate in Coordinating the ICT Strategic Plan
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