The Senate confirmed in August the Presidential appointment of Mr. Keobel (KB) Sakuma to be Palau International Coral Reef Center’s (PICRC) newest board member. Mr. Sakuma brings to the PICRC Board a unique and diverse background with experiences from both the private and government sector, which will be useful for the Center as it continues to build its partnership with both the private and public sector.

Palau International Coral Reef Center (PICRC) is governed by a Board of Directors. This group of men and women are appointed by the President and approved by the Senate. The role of PICRC’s Board of Directors is to provide guidance and oversight to the Center. In addition to providing guidance, the Board of Directors donate time and resources to help the Center fulfill its vision and mission.

Mr. Sakuma graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Liberal Studies, Pacific Island Studies, and Marine Options Program. Most recently, Mr. Sakuma was the Executive Director of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary (PNMS) Office where he was responsible for the implementation of the PNMS Act. His time as the Executive Director gave him experience in developing maritime surveillance and enforcement, securing sustainable financing for the PNMS, community outreach, and scientific administration. PICRC is fortunate to gain a new board member who has played such an active role in conservation efforts here in Palau.

“We are thrilled by the addition Mr. Sakuma to our Board of Directors”, state CEO of PICRC, Dr. Yimnang Golbuu, in response to the appointment.  “We have worked with Mr. Sakuma in the past and we know that his dedication, expertise and experience will help the Center as it continues to grow and expand its programs.  Additionally, as PICRC’s newest board member, Mr. Sakuma will bring in new ideas and energy to the board and to the Center.” (PR)