Milika Naqasima Sobey taught undergraduate courses in marine sciences for twenty years at USP and supervised Masters students in fisheries-related research topics. Apart from teaching, she was an active researcher in reef ecology and did many consultancies particularly coral reef and fisheries surveys as part of Environmental Impact Assessments.
After leaving USP in December 2009, Milika then worked at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for six years managing donor-funded Climate Change Adaptation projects in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
She has been successful in raising funds from donors like Keidenren Nature Conservation Fund, DFAT, USAID, French Pacific Funds and small grants from the US Embassy. She is a firm believer in partnerships and has collaborated on different projects with SPREP, SPC, USP, WWF, WCS and TNC.
Milika is currently engaged as a consultant with the Ridge to Reef Programme at the Geosciences Division of the Pacific Community (SPC).
Milika has been an active member of the Women in Fisheries Network-Fiji since its inception in 1993 and currently serves on the Executive Committee. She was appointed Chair of the Fiji Higher Education Commission in March 2016.
Milika is from Lawai, Nadroga Navosa. She obtained her BSc and MSc from USP and her PhD in Environmental Biology from Essex University, UK.