Message From
The President

“We can change the World with Education!”

There are many people who have difficulties in going to school in the world. That is something I really felt, while I was studying my major (Physics) in China. Fortunately, I was born into a wealthy family, and I could go to University abroad. But I met many Japanese students in China who originaly wanted to go to America and Europe to learn something, they could not go to one of those countries due to financial reason. They compromised to come over to China. and I met many African and Arabic students in China too. Honestly, I spent precious time with them. They also wanted to go to America and Europe, But they could not go there because of their visa problem (Discrimination of Races and Religion).They finaly came to China and met me.

Some of them became very important people running their own countries after their return. I am sometimes reminded of our happy but tough life in the University; 4 Triple beds in a very narrow room for 12 students with thousands of cockroaches and some mouse. This made us very strong. It is something I don’t even need to introduce. Then I started to seriously think about ‘What “Education” should be?’

I then decided to live with what I wanted to do, so I decided to go to my office to work everyday. As my life mission, I tried to solve this serrious matter. Finaly, I established a school and a company. I know the world is huge, but there are very few people who tried to create “Cheaper Education”. I decided to sacrifice my life for it. I refuse to give up. I decided to work hard everyday even Saturday, Sunday, Chrismas and New year.

Through my experience, I have realized some reasons why many people could not go to school. One of the main reasons is “Financial constraints” which I really felt while I was a University student. I am very very happy now to see some students who could not go abroad to study can come to my school. “FreeBird Institute” could be one of the top language institutes in the world. Honestly, I was very surprised to know that many people could go to school with my reasonable tuition fees.

Additionally, we were higly appreciated by Fiji government and in 2009, Ba Provincial Council offered us to manage one of their public colleges instead of them. I was appointed as the Chairman by the management board to run the school.

We could provide great oppotunity to secondly school students who want to study overseas with very reasonable tuition fee. I know they are spending thousands of dollars and they are always worrying about school support. We sat up proper life support in isolated environment from their parents.

There are no proper social service in Fiji, but people in Fiji are still helping each other like good old time. Naturally we are helping each other. It is our instinct. Naturally, we feel happy when we help someone else, and we feel the same when someone else helps us. Don’t you think so? Fiji keeps something some advanced countries are losing, Hospitality, Relationship and Comunity togetherness. We feel their closeness and warmth while they are with us. We are hoping all our students fly away to somewhere they want to go with experience through friends you meet in Fiji, our teachers, and family you spend your precious time with you.

Keep on Flying!
and
Expecting Unexpected!”

Chief Executive Officer
Hiroshi Taniguchi

Board Menber

Hiroshi Taniguchi

Hiroshi Taniguchi
Chairman
Chief Executive Officer

Hiroshi is the Founder, Board Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He is also the Founder of the Japanese parent company, SPFB, in which he holds the same positions. After gaining extensive experience in various business sectors throughout Asia, Hiroshi decided to invest in Fiji, moving here in 2006. He currently holds 56,800 shares in FBL and has an indirect interest in the Company through SPFB of which he owns 72.61%. His total direct and indirect interests in FBL amount to 57.29%. Further to the above, Hiroshi also holds directorships in the parent company SPFB, and Lanway Fiji Ltd and is a trustee to the Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute and En Human Resource Education Foundation.

Mereseini Baleilevuka

Mereseini Baleilevuka
Executive Director
Chief Operations Officer

Mereseini has been the communication link between Japan and Fiji since 2005. Backed by her extensive knowledge and experience of over 20 years in the education sector in Fiji, she assisted Hiroshi with the establishment of the Institute here in Fiji and is responsible for the day-to-day operations. She graduated from the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Education and English Language/ Literature. She holds 1,000 shares in FBL. She also holds ownership rights and is a registered director in Befund Investment Ltd, an Investment Company and Cowbell Limited which is an English Language school for Chinese students that commenced operations in September 2016.

Waisale Iowane

Waisale Iowane
Executive Director
Chief Financial Officer
Compliance Officer

Waisale holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in Accounting and Banking from the University of the South Pacific and has over six years in experience out of which four years’ experience in chartered accountancy firms, Aliz Pacific and KPMG, where he held Senior Accountant positions. He subsequently worked at Fiji Airways as the first ever Tax Analyst before joining FBL in late 2015. He is a provisional member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants and is a current associate member of the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) in Australia. He was also the Director Financial Services for the Rotaract Club of Nadi New Horizons and a graduate of the Leadership Fiji programme in 2014. Waisale has no direct or indirect interest in shares of FBL.

Yoshinobu Higashi

Yoshinobu Higashi
Non Executive Director

Yoshinobu holds a Bachelor of Law degree from Tokyo University, Japan and has held various posts with the Japanese Governmentincludingdiplomatic postings as the Ambassador for Japan to Geneva, Switzerland and Romania. He was also the Director General for Economy and Political Coordination with the Japanese Government, a Professor at Tohoku University, Japan and the General Manager of Josai University, Japan. He holds 25,000 shares in FBL and has an indirect interest in the Company through SPFB in which he owns 0.87% in shareholdings tallying to 0.07% in total interest held in FBL. He also holds directorship with the board of the parent company, SPFB.

Adi Litia Qionibaravi

Adi Litia Qionibaravi
Non Executive Director

Adi Litia is an independent director on FBIL’s board and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board having a professional background in both accountancy and law. She was admitted as a chartered accountant in 1984 with the Fiji Institute of Accountants. She is also a Barrister/Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji, member of the Fiji Law Society, Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and Barrister of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory – Canberra. Adi Litia is currently serving as the General Secretary for Social Democratic Liberal Party in Fiji, the opposition party in the current government of Fiji. Adi Litia had served in various company boards in Fiji and these include Fiji TV, Fijaian Holdings, Telecom (Fiji) Lts, Amalgamated Telecom Holdings and Yasana Holdings. She currently holds directorship positions in Vitivou Forum and the Adi Cakobau School Old Girls Inc. Ltd. She has no direct or indirect interests in the company. She has no direct or indirect interest in shares of the Company.

Yoko Nameki

Yoko Nameki
Non Executive Director

Yoko holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree with majors in Business Management from Fort Hays University in USA. Her work experience and knowledge of the education sector for more than 12 years, worked at an English school and International Pre-School. She was also the General Manager in charge of the high school division with the parent company SPFB.

Lati Qoro

Lati Qoro
Non Executive Director

Lati Ms Qoro was the former Chief Executive Officer of the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE) and brings with her an extensive experience in the development of capital markets. Lati holds a Master of Commerce Degree majoring in Accounting as well as a Bachelor of Economics Degree both from the University of Sydney. She currently holds a consultancy position with Maximuse Consultancy Firm in Suva, Fiji.