Sulique Waqa is the co-founder of the Haus of Khameleon and the Creative Director. She is a young transgender feminist of Indigenous Fijian descent who has worked on LGBTIQ issues of the Pacific region for over 15 years. For seven years now, Sulique has been the chief Coordinator of the Adi Senikau Pageant, the most popular transgender pageant in Fiji, and sits as a member of the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival Committee under the Hibiscus Events Group Inc. Sulique also serves as a member of the International Lesbian Gay Association (ILGA) Oceania Board representing the Pacific constituency. Sulique is part of the Executive Board of the Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN) as a member of its Regional Steering Committee. Recently Sulique was invited to serve as a member of the Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide (TvT) Advisory Board, an ongoing comparative qualitative-quantitative research project of Transgender Europe (TGEU). Sulique is also an aspiring social entrepreneur and has a special interest in using the Arts to advance social justice.
Miki Wali is the co-founder of the Haus of Khameleon and the Programme Support Officer. She is a Trans and a youth feminist activist, human rights defender and gender advocate. Miki has been working within the civil society movement for a number for years now. Miki has represented the Haus of Khameleon movement at various local, national, and international spaces lobbying for trans rights. She was the first Trans activist from Fiji to attend the Commission on the Status of Women, including the 60th CSW where she was joined by our Creative Director. Miki is also the Haus of Khameleon’s focal point for the climate and ecological justice programme. She is the youngest board member of the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network, representing the Youth constituency and has served as an Executive Board member of the Fiji National Youth Council and the St Piers Catholic Youth Wing. Miki is also a former community radio producer and broadcaster and recently joined the UN Working Group on Youth and Children.
Atunaisa joins the movement as our Volunteer Finance and Administration Officer and also provides logistic and procurement support. Atunaisa has worked directly with six UN agencies in the Pacific since 2010 and offers experience and support in financial and programme management toward the Secretariat. Atunaisa was an Adviser to the Pacific Management Committee (PMC) of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation’s Pacific Response Fund Grants for the Pacific Sexual Diversity Network (PSDN) and was instrumental in providing technical support and assistance to the PSDN. Atunaisa has a background in the HIV and AIDS sector in national, regional, and international roles, which remains an extension of his current advocacy work. Atunaisa has completed the Community Development course with the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) in Port-Vila, Vanuatu. Atunaisa has extensive experience in the area of sexual and reproductive health, gender, human rights of LGBTQI people, in-country coordination processes for national grant submission (e.g. the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria), research, and community development.
Ms. Metuisela Talala (June White) aka Mama Khameleon is the movements Management Board Co-Chair and has been with the movement since its inception in 2012. Apart from her advocacy work on transgender women’s rights, June is a well-respected hair and make-up professional who has been in the industry for over 12 years after a short stint in the entertainment industry as Bar Manager. June is known for her entrepreneurial skills, a passion she continuously pursues with her shoe and flower businesses. June is also known for her dedication in community mobilization and grassroots organizing. She has successfully organized Drag Shows (One Night in Bangkok, the Red Tie Fashion Show) at the Traps Bar and has helped in various charity events including the Adi Senikau Pageant. June has a passion for cooking and is an excellent caterer who has provided her services through various workshops and trainings organized by the movement. June has also represented the movement at various national and international forums.
Fumaru Fatiaki is the movement’s Management Board Co-Chair who joined the movement in 2014. Fumaru is a well known tailor and fashion/costume designer whose clients have featured both locally and internationally at various events and stages. Fumaru has designed costumes for dance productions, theatre, mass choir, Miss World Fiji, Miss South Pageants, Miss Hibiscus, and local municipal pageants. Fumaru’s passion for designing also allows her to work on bridal and corporate wear, kalavata, masi/tapa designs, crowns and tiaras, ornaments, sashes, interior decorations, and screen printing to name a few. Fumaru likes to experiment with the arts, a space where she says, “I can truly be myself and not give a damn about it.” Fumaru is also a member of the Dolce Sound, a group which uses meke (traditional dance), singing, and choral displays with the aim of reviving traditional dance knowledge among young people.
Ms. Ana Tuiketei sits on the Management Board as a Legal Advisor, providing advisory support toward the operation and management of the Haus of Khameleon. Ana is a Legal Consultant at AP LEGAL specializing in commercial law, all litigation, family law, employment, tax, and criminal law. Ana was a former National Manager of the DPP’s Serious Fraud Unit where she prosecuted the first money laundering case in Fiji and the Pacific. Ana is an Executive Board Member of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, the Fiji Women in Business, Fiji Chamber of Commerce, Fiji National Research Ethics Committee, and Advisor for Fiji Rugby Union, as well as Judicial Officer for World Rugby Oceanic. Ana was the youngest lawyer to appear in the Supreme Court of Fiji and the only criminal lawyer to be invited by two Universities as a guest lecturer for over 3 years. Ana continues to provide national trainings for the Police, Prison authorities, government, statutory departments, and NGOs. She also facilitated the first National & Regional Training Workshop for Law Enforcement Anti-Human Trafficking in Fiji.
This position is currently vacant pending Management Board approval for new Board membership.
Cornelius Abraham is a human rights activist and feminist who has been actively engaged in countless workshops and capacity building platforms relating to advocacy for LGTBIQ Rights in Fiji. Her journey as an activist began in November, 2013 at the University of the South Pacific and since then, she has been engaged in the numerous projects conducted by the Haus of Khameleon. Cornelius is currently pursuing university level undergraduate studies while at the same time doing part time work with the Fiji Elections Office. Cornelius brings a different perspective to the Board as a young transgender woman representing her various intersectional identities.
BOARD OF TRUSTEE
Ms. Virisila Buadromo is an award-winning social development professional who specializes in gender (law, political participation, and young women) with a human rights-based approach. For over 13 years, Virisila has been at the helm of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement as the Executive Director before joining the Buadromo Consultancy as Principal Consultant. In March 2008, Virisila was awarded the International Women of Courage Award by the US Department of State. This award annually recognizes women from around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment—often at great personal risk. In January 2012 Virisila was awarded the Women Have Wings Inaugural Courage Award. The award is in recognition of being an outstanding female human rights activist living in the courageous spirit of Amelia Earhart. In recognition of her demonstrated excellence and leadership and in her service to the community, in 2014 Virisila was awarded the Westpac Women in Business – Executive Woman of the Year.
Dr. Vin Chaudhary is a transgender medical doctor from the United Kingdom. She is experienced in general practice, the clinical and public health aspects of sexual health, transgender medicine, STI and HIV medicine, and medical research. She currently works as a General Practitioner in Fiji. Dr. Chaudhary has worked as a Viral Challenge Physician at Retroscreen (UK) and as a Specialist Registrar in sexual health, STI, and HIV medicine in London and Belfast, UK. Prior to this, she was responsible for the establishment and coordination of operations for the Western Fiji STI and HIV programme. She has been a key technical facilitator and advisor for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Parliamentarians for Global Action, the International Labor Organization (Fiji), Fiji National Olympics Committee, and the Oceania Society for Sexual Health and HIV Medicine on matters related to sexual health, STI, and HIV. Dr. Chaudhary was instrumental in removing fear and discrimination towards the HIV in Fiji and the Pacific by engaging and progressively working in collaboration with stakeholders by creating awareness and dialogue at all levels on how to best respond to the challenges. She has special interest in LGBT human rights and transgender medicine.
Ms. Taina Leweni graduated from the University of the South Pacific in 2005 with her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and completed her Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) before being admitted to the High Court of Fiji as a Barrister and Solicitor in 2006. She worked as a Legal Officer with the Legal Aid Commission in 2006 before joining the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in 2009 as a Senior Legal Officer. At the DPP Taina was also a member of the Child Protection Division where the bulk of prosecution was for sexual offences involving children as victims or witnesses. In 2013 she resigned from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions as a Principal Legal Officer and opened the TL LAWYERS firm as Principal Attorney in order to expand her legal experience. She now primarily practices in the area of Family, Criminal, Employment, and Property Law while providing legal services for other areas of law. Taina also sits on the Fiji Rugby Union Games Subcommittee as a Judicial Officer.