Ravi M. Ram

NAME:Ravi M. Ram
Title:Principal Advisor (Programmes) and Secretary to the Programme Appraisal Committee, in the Strategic Engagement, Planning and Planning Facility
Location:Nouméa, New Caledonia

How long have you been working for SPC?

Since September 2015.

Where did you work before you joined us?

I had been based in Nairobi, Kenya, for 11 years, serving as Head of Monitoring and Evaluation for Amref – also known as the Flying Doctors in Africa – and I was strongly engaged in the People’s Health Movement in East Africa. My work covered programmes across Africa and engaged offices and partners in Europe, Asia and North America. I had previously worked in Nepal and India, and have been fortunate to work for strong institutions in the global South. I had a fantastic time in Nairobi and with Amref. It was a tough decision to leave Africa, but a good choice to come to the Pacific.

Describe your current role at SPC.

My role at SPC is to strengthen development programming for the organisation. SPC has fantastic scientific and technical expertise, with hundreds of projects across the Pacific. Integrating those projects, so that SPC grows from providing sector-specific advice to tackling country and regional development issues as a whole, is a major challenge. SPC has very strong learning and evaluation systems, and we want to integrate those more into our project management cycle.

What do you find rewarding about working for the principal technical and scientific organisation in the Pacific?

SPC is a great place to work – the people are dynamic and dedicated, the benefits and impacts on countries and populations in the Pacific are clear, and the work-life pace is good. Moreover, SPC is a strong regional resource for small island states and territories, very much valued in the Pacific, and I truly enjoy supporting regional and national development through this unique, southern institution.