Malakai Ratu Naiyaga | Chairman
Malakai Naiyaga, a Fijian citizen, held the position of Managing Director at BSP Life for over 8 years. He boasts extensive experience as a senior financial services executive, having been a CEO in both Indonesia and Fiji, with expertise spanning corporate leadership, insurance, risk management, corporate finance, investment management, HR, and strategic planning.
Throughout his career, Malakai occupied various management, senior executive, and CEO roles within the Colonial Group in Fiji and Australia from 1987 to 2004, and later at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Indonesia until June 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics from the University of the South Pacific, along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia. He’s completed numerous risk certification, advanced banking, and leadership training programs and is a Chartered Accountant member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Additionally, he has served on several boards and currently holds positions as Chairman of Richmond Limited, Chairman of Future Farms Limited (Rooster Chicken), and Chairman of Oceania Hospitals Pacific Limited (MIOT Pacific Hospitals).
David George Skeggs | Director
A citizen of New Zealand, David is the Managing Director of Skeggs Group Limited which has interests in the Maritime, Seafood, Tourism, Wine and Property industries. These investments are either directly owned or with joint ventures partners.
He is a director on a number of private sector boards and is the chairman of Barnes Oysters Limited and Bluff Oyster Management Limited.
David has extensive experience in all facets of business management including general management, operations, sales, marketing and finance.
Bryan John Skeggs | Director
A citizen of New Zealand, Bryan has a long term interest in Fiji being a Residential Property Owner on Denarau Island.
Bryan has a private sector background, having spent 30 years employed within the New Zealand Seafood Industry, and has extensive knowledge and experience in the Inshore, Deepwater and Aquaculture Sectors of the Industry. He has also spent many years on Industry boards both as a Director and a Chairperson.
Currently, Bryan holds various directorships within the Tourism, Seafood and Property Sectors in addition to his role as a director of PDML. Bryan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland in 1982.
Bruce Whewell Phillips | Independent Director
Bruce Phillips, a citizen of Fiji originally from Wellington, New Zealand, had a multifaceted career. He started as an electrical refrigeration apprentice in 1961, working for companies in New Zealand. In 1970, he moved to Fiji, where he worked for Burns Philp (SS) Ltd. He later sailed a charter vessel in the British Virgin Islands and Europe.
Returning to Fiji in 1976 with his wife Lesley, he founded Kooline Refrigeration (Lautoka) Ltd, a successful business that he ran for four decades, later relocating to Denarau in 2008. Bruce collaborated on various construction projects and was involved in community service, including leadership roles in yacht clubs and sports teams.
He and Lesley also ran a bed and breakfast in a historic home during the 2000 coup. In 2017, he sold his business and retired, now residing in the Cove, Denarau. Bruce represents the Cove for Denarau Residential Estates Limited (DREL) and has previously represented other Denarau developments. He and Lesley have been married for 45 years and have two children, one living in Dubai and the other in BC, Canada.
Josephine Yee Joy | Company Secretary
MBA, MA, BA
A citizen of Fiji, Josephine is currently Treasurer / Company Secretary of Golf Terrace Apartments Limited and Denarau Golf Terraces Apartments Inc.
Josephine held other senior positions at Air Pacific Limited during her 24 years of service, including General Manager Commercial and Financial Planning Manager. Other roles in the organisation included Financial Planning Accountant and Financial Analyst.
Prior to joining Air Pacific Limited, she worked as a Business Planner at Raychem Corporation in California, USA.
She has served on various boards over the years and is currently a director of several boards including Hawkins, Newcrest (Fiji) Pte Limited/Newcrest Exploration (Fiji) Pte Limited and Boeing Asia Pacific Pte. Limited, Fiji Branch.
Josephine holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, USA and graduated from the College of Notre Dame, USA with a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in French.
Cynthia Rasch | CEO
Cynthia Rasch, a citizen of Fiji serving as the CEO of Port Denarau Marina, holds a prominent leadership role responsible for the marina’s overall success and profitability. Her journey with the marina began in 2011, and she has steadily climbed the ranks to her current position. With a Post Graduate Certificate in General Management and her ongoing pursuit of an MBA, Cynthia is a globally recognized Certified Marina Manager, notably the sole representative from the Pacific region.
Cynthia’s impactful contributions include her pivotal role in the establishment of the Blue Lanes Framework during the COVID era, which led to the reopening of Fiji’s maritime borders. Her dedication to the maritime industry and active involvement in community initiatives have earned her multiple prestigious accolades. Under her leadership, Port Denarau Marina has garnered several local and international awards, solidifying its status as a premier international marina in the South Pacific Region.
Cynthia’s remarkable achievements have earned her numerous awards, including the 2022 International Day for Women in Maritime Excellence Award by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), recognition from the Fiji Women in Maritime Association (FJWIMA), the Ocean Cruising Club 2021 OCC South Pacific Award, and the Fiji Excellence in Tourism Dixon Seeto Tourism Leader 2022 award.
Outside her professional duties, Cynthia is a passionate advocate and mentor for Fiji’s maritime sector. She actively volunteers in Denarau for initiatives like the Denarau Blood drive, NCD awareness campaigns, and vaccination drives. She chairs the Fiji Hotel Tourism Association (FHTA) Marine & Yachting Sub-Committee and co-founded the Oceanlovers Fiji Education & Awareness Program to promote marine conservation and education. Cynthia is also an active member of the Women in Maritime Association, actively involved in community initiatives aimed at raising the profile of women in the maritime sector.
Prior to her maritime career, Cynthia’s telecommunications industry experience spanned over a decade, marked by her advancement through various promotions.