USP Alumni Network

Mesake Nawari

What is your home country?

Which programme did you graduate in and which year?
Foundation social science – 1989; Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics – 1992; Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting and Financial Management - 1997.

What do you do for a living now?
Senior Fellow, MBA programme,  Graduate School of Business, Faculty of Business & Economics, USP.

Who was your favourite lecturer and why?
Peter Curnow, who is now with the University of South Australia. He created interest in Finance for me.

What was your most memorable moment as a student?
When I was hired to be tutor/marker for DFL AF101 in my final semester as an undergraduate student.

What was your funniest moment as a student?
When I was caught by the halls of residence warden cooking using a kerosene stove in the 4th hall on a Sunday.

What was your greatest achievement whilst studying at USP?
Completing my BA within 3 years.

How do you think USP helped you in your career?
When I was doing my undergraduate studies, I realized I was not interested in being an accountant, sitting behind the desk and checking the numbers and getting reports out. I wanted to create the numbers and empower the people that deliver those numbers. That’s why I took up Finance in my postgraduate studies to equip me with more forecasting tools and also become one of the few qualified people in the area of Finance.

What inspires you and why?
Making a difference in peoples’ lives. I have, since joining USP in 2009, achieved my two main goals in life – to be a teacher/coach/mentor and to start my home for abandoned children. These are my purpose in life. I get out of bed every day with enthusiasm to make the day better than yesterday because of my purpose.

After graduating from USP what has been your greatest achievement?
Becoming a CEO at the age of 29 and becoming the first group CEO of Fiji Television Limited.

Your advice to current and future USP students?
Set your goals early in life, continue to remind yourself with your goals and work hard and ethically towards achieving those goals. Believe in yourself and you’ll surely achieve them. Nothing is impossible, it’s already in you. Have reverence for God you will be amazed at what you achieve in life – Phillipians 4:13 “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

What you hope USP will be like in the future?
it will offer more programs in different fields of study and it will be a place where continuous learning and improvements will be driven for the benefit of all member countries. 

Disclaimer & Copyright l Contact Us l 
© Copyright 2004 - 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Page updated: Thursday, July 23, 2020
The University of the South Pacific
Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji
Tel: +679 323 1000