Dr Fotu Kuohiko Valeli Fisi’iahi has been appointed as the new chief executive for Ministry of Internal Affairs.
He would lead the day to day operations of the Ministry in a four-year contract starting on February 25, 2019.
Dr Fisi’iahi previously worked as a civil servant for 21 years in Tonga before he resigned and relocated with his family to New Zealand in 2006.
The Public Service Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Fotu Kuohiko Valeli Fisi’iahi of Niutoua, Tongatapu as Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Internal Affairs with effect from 25th February, 2019 for a period of four (4) years.
Dr Fisi’iahi holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Development Economics) (2007), a Master of Commerce (Industrial Relations) (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts (Industrial Relations) (1999) all from the University Of Wollongong, Australia.
Dr Fisi’iahi’s career in the public service began in 1985 when he was appointed as a Junior Clerk for the then Ministry of Labour, Commerce and Industries, followed by senior positions in the same Ministry including Senior Executive Officer, Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary.
In 2006, Dr Fisi’iahi opted for voluntary redundancy and migrated overseas where he was employed by Auckland University of Technology as Senior Research Officer from 2007 to 2009. He was then employed by the UNITEC Institute of Technology as Post Graduate Lecturer/Academic Advisor for the Faculty of Business as from 2010 to 2016.
Dr Fisi’iahi has been working as an Independent Consultant and operate a family business known as Pro Recruit Ltd in Auckland New Zealand, prior to taking up his appointment as Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
“The Public Service Commission welcomes Dr Fotu Kuohiko Valeli Fisi’iahi’s appointment as the CEO for the Ministry of Internal Affairs and wishes him success in his term in Office.”