Mr. Setareki Macanawai is the Chief Executive Officer for the Pacific Disability Forum. He is the former Executive Director for the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons and Head Teacher of the Fiji School for the Blind.  Mr. Macanawai holds a Bachelor of Education (Special Education) and Masters in Educational Administration (Honours) University of New England, Armidale, Australia.

Mr. Macanawai is a respected disability advocate in the Asia Pacific region. He is currently a member of the Disability Inclusive Reference Group of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Global Advisory Panel Member and Grantsmaking Committee Member of the Disability Rights Fund, Volunteer Regional Coordinator for the World Council of Churches Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network and Chair of the newly established Indigenous Persons with Disabilities Global Network.

Mr. Macanawai has received a number of awards such as the 2012 Asia-Pacific Disability Rights Champions Award by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the 6th Kazuo Itoga Memorial Foundation Award for outstanding contribution to disability development work in the Asia Pacific Region. He was also given a special citation in the 2008 Secretariat of the Pacific Community/ Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC/ RRRT) Pacific Human Rights Award for advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in the Pacific region.