David Kloeden, PFTAC Coordinator (Since February 2017)

David joined PFTAC in February 2017. David is an Australian national, and prior to coming to PFTAC served as Coordinator of CARTAC – the IMF’s Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center based in Barbados.  With 20+ years as an IMF tax administration specialist, he has extensive Domestic Revenue Mobilization experience. He is a CPA, has an undergraduate degree in information technology and post graduate degrees respectively in financial management, tax law, and economics.    


Iris Claus, Macroeconomic Analysis Advisor

Iris joined PFTAC in February 2015. Iris has dual German and Canadian nationality. Before joining PFTAC she held policy and research positions at the Asian Development Bank, the New Zealand Inland Revenue, the New Zealand Treasury, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and the Bank of Canada.  She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Surveys and Asian Economic Papers and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. 


Marcus Scheiblecker, Real Sector Statistics Advisor

Marcus joined PFTAC in October 2018. He is an Austrian national with extensive knowledge and expertise in Real Sector Statistics and experience in compilation of national accounts. Prior to coming to the Pacific, Mr. Scheiblecker held various positions including as deputy director at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research where he acted as an advisor to Eurostat for seasonal adjustment and on financial statistics and national accounts for Statistics Austria.  


Shane Prasad, Analyst

Ms. Shane Prasad joined the PFTAC team in August 2018 and supports the program analysis, reporting and outreach activities. Shane is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific (USP) with a Masters of Commerce. Previously, she worked at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service.


Ben Stefanou, Financial Sector Supervision Advisor

Ben joined PFTAC in July 2016, and is an Australian national. Ben has extensive experience both as a bank supervisor with APRA, the Australian bank regulator, and working in the commercial banking sector. More recently, he has worked with the IMF as a TA advisor in the Caribbean.


Richard Neves, Public Financial Management Advisor

Richard joined PFTAC in October 2016. Richard is an Australian who has worked in the budget areas of th Australian Department of Finance and the ACT Treasury.  Richard has also worked in Timor Leste for five years as the lead budge advisor and was the Cook Islands Financial Secretary from 2011 to 2015.


Georg Eysselein, Revenue Administration Advisor

Georg joined PFTAC in November 2018 and is a South African National. Georg worked for the South African Revenue Service for more than 30 years in various senior positions. His international career started by working for the IMF and the European Delegation in Macedonia, followed by DFID, USAid and World Bank funded projects in Afghanistan and Somalia. Georg was closely involved with the implementation of the post-graduate Tax Professional Qualification in South Africa for tax practitioners in the private sector and taxation auditors working for the Revenue Service.


Celeste Kubasta, Public Financial Management Advisor

Celeste Kubasta joined PFTAC as a Public Financial Management (PFM) Adviser in June 2018. With over thirty years of experience, she has worked on implementation of public finance management reforms in policy formulation and implementation, budget preparation and execution, and financial reporting processes. She also has experience in auditing, IT system implementation, and teaching courses in accounting and public policy. From 2013 to 2018, Celeste provided technical assistance for CARTAC within the Caribbean and has worked internationally providing technical assistance since 2006 in Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. She was formerly employed by the State of North Dakota as the Deputy Budget Director. Celeste is a Certified Public Accountant with a BS Accounting and MS Management.


Rusila Bituwaqa, Team Assistant

Rusila is PFTAC's receptionist and is also responsible for PFTAC travel arrangements and assists with accounting, security and conference logistics. She has a Diploma in Business Accounting from FIT.


Elenoa Bogiwalu, Senior Administrative Assistant (Information/Operations)

Elenoa is responsible for the general administration of the Centre, including mission documentation, IT systems, external communications and publications. She worked previously at the RBF and the ILO.


Josaia Nakete, Logistics Assistant

Josaia Nakete joined PFTAC in December 2015, and supports the administration of travel and payment processing, mission documentation and manages PFTAC security arrangements. Previously he spent nine years with the Government of Fiji, including seven years with Fijian Elections Office, and more recently with the Ministry of Finance.


Maria Nina Samuela, Senior Administrative Assistant (Accounting/Operations)

Nina is responsible for accounting and payments and coordinating travel and seminar arrangements. She has been working for the Centre since 1993. Prior to this, she worked in the travel industry and with USAID.