Dr. Buriata Eti Tofinga

Dr. Buriata Eti Tofinga from Kiribati is a Lecturer for the School of Business and Management at The University of the South Pacific. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge through research, publication and teaching to ensure that the future generation of business leaders and public managers in the region are socially and environmentally responsible.

She completed her PhD in Management and Public Administration, awarded with a Gold Medal and prize for the Most Outstanding PhD Graduate in 2018. She holds a Master of Commerce in Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics and International Business from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Buriata teaches MG405 Management in the Context of Development, and MG309 Strategic Management. Before joining USP in 2021, she was teaching business sustainability and management courses at Monash University Malaysia where she also served as a Capstone Coordinator responsible for leading and coordinating the business capstone portfolio at the School of Business. In recognition of her excellence in teaching and educational leadership, she received the Outstanding Educator Award 2020 (Early Career category) from the School of Business, Monash University Malaysia. She also mentored a Monash student team who went on to win the First Runner Up Award and Most Eloquent Speaker Award at the HSBC National Business Case Competition in Malaysia. Dr. Buriata continues to supervise research work at Honours/Masters/PhD level. She is a Research Partner from the Pacific for the International Comparative Social Enterprise Models (ICSEM) Project.

Research Interests

  • Small Business Management
  • Strategy
  • Social Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprises
  • Hybrid Organizations
  • Women entrepreneurship
  • Micro and informal entrepreneurship
  • Youth entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Policy
  • Business History in the Pacific
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