CEIT Director

Ms. Mii Nimerota

Director of CEIT Cook Islands

“I believe technology can empower and enable businesses, individuals, and communities to achieve their goals… through better training, and education at all levels.”

A Cook Islander, Ms. Mii Nimerota is a longtime advocate for information technology advancement, and the Director of the Centre of Excellence in IT with the University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus. The CEIT Director is responsible for leading, steering, and managing the CEIT on behalf of the Cook Islands Government, and to ensure the delivery of relevant IT training opportunities to Cook Islands residents.

Ms. Nimerota holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems, accredited to the Australian Computer Society, a Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Information Systems and Management & Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific. Mii has 10 years experience teaching information systems, information and communication literacy with USP, and has coordinated many community workshops in social media, website development, and basic computing skills to people of all ages.

Mii has 6 years experience in public policy, strategic planning, leadership and governance with Government. This work involved reviewing the National ICT Policy 2016, the National Sustainable Development Plan 2016-2020, National Gender Policy and Action Plan 2019, conducting training with Government Agencies and Island Governments on policy development, medium term budgeting, and results management frameworks.

Mii is the Secretary of the Cook Islands Internet Action Group, an NGO advocating for the advancement of ICTs and IT education, and a Board Director of Avaroa Cable LLC, a crown corporate entity tasked with implementing the submarine cable project which aims to bring high speed internet to Rarotonga and Aitutaki in 2020.

CEIT Centre Head

Mr. Jaibheem Gaikwad

CEIT Centre Head

Mr. Jaibheem has completed his Masters of Technology (M.Tech.) in Digital Communications in 2015 from India. Prior to that he has done Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics & Communications from India in 2012. Mr. Jaibheem started his career as a Network Engineer and He worked as Assistant Professor in several Universities in India and Published IEEE Papers in International Journals Also Presented IEEE Papers at National Conferences, Seminars etc. Also He worked on multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams, both nationally and internationally. He has an overall experience of more than 8 years in teaching in leading Institutes in India and possess high skills in Java & Networking Protocols, and is currently working with CDAC.