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Brief History

Established in 2015, HCDI originally came about as part of a long standing wish to use our education, experience and resources to contribute to the positive growth of community and society in the developing world. HCDI uses a collaborative model that invites individuals, community groups and organisations from all backgrounds to work together to enhance local capacity and to create a better world. As part of our growth, we have been delighted to add a number of people to our staff, each of whom contributes distinct skills, abilities, energies, and insights. Together, we continue to reach out to other interested and committed individuals and groups, to create an ever growing movement for capacity development, collaboration and growth in Vanuatu.

Our Board Members

Kalip Roger serves as the Chair of the HCDI Board. He is a Teacher and Community Organizer on Tanna, Vanuatu. He has held strategic leadership positions in many different areas, including traditional community governance, awareness training, and new economic and community growth initiatives.


Dr. Astrid Kersten serves as the Executive Director of HCDI. Originally from the Netherlands, she had a long career in the USA as a university professor, researcher, writer and consultant, specializing in organizational development, human resource management, diversity management, and community dialogue.  She holds a Masters in Public and International Affairs, a Masters in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, a Doctorate in Communication, and professional certifications in Human Resource Management and International Human Resource Management.


Dr. M.H Sidky is HCDI's Senior Research Analyst. He has worked in the USA as an academic, writer and researcher, with specialty areas in public administration, international relations and conflict management. He holds a Masters and a Doctorate in International Affairs and a Masters in International Cooperation & Humanitarian Aid.


Lee-Anne Sackett is a Vanuatu-based lawyer, with a Master of Jurisprudence and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Sydney. She has carried out important work in the areas of legal review, conflict resolution, and climate justice. 

Yasmine Bjornum is a well-known feminist working for the rights and empowerment on women in Vanuatu and the Pacific. Yasmine is the founder and Executive Director of Sista, a feminist organisation based in Vanuatu, that uses arts, media and communications to empower women and girls, raise awareness and advocate on issues that affect them.

Lisa Faerua is a consultant working in the areas of organinizational strengthening and program review. She holds a Master is Business from the University of the Pacific and has worked extensively in social and economic development, including serving as the Executive Director of Oxfam in Vanuatu for many years.

Henry Tamashiro has extensive experience in government, civil service, and social and economic development. He served as HR Officer with the Vanuatu Public Service Commission, as Director of Immigration, and as Country Director and Regional Director for the International Office of Migration (IOM).

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