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PROFILE: Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni

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NAME: Hon. Siaosi Sovaleni, 45

ORIGIN: Ngele'ia, Tongatapu

MINISTERIAL PORTFOLIO: Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change and Communications

EDUCATION: Master of Business Administration (MBA) - University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji (2008), Postgraduate Diploma for Managers Requiring Advanced Analytical Skills - Gold Medalist - University of the South Pacific (USP), Suva, Fiji (2007), Master of Science in Computation - Oxford University, Oxford, England (1994), Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Computer Science, minor in Mathematics - Auckland University, Auckland, New Zealand (1992)


POSITION: Chief Executive Officer of Public Enterprises, May 2013 - Oct 2014

EMPLOYER: Ministry of Public Enterprises, Government of Tonga

KEY ROLE OF POSITION: Ensure Public Enterprises (PE)/State Owned Enterprises (SOE) comply with the requirements of the Public Enterprises Act 2010 as amended. Ensure PEs are financially sustainable and provide fair return to government. Provide leadership in rationalizing, establishing and winding up of PEs. Provide necessary support for PEs to support private sector development.

POSITION: Deputy Team Leader, Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR), Feb - April 2013

EMPLOYER: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

KEY ROLE OF POSITION: Develop technical, economic, social, and environmental criteria for screening investment options under this USD$20 million project.    Incorporate selected adaptation measures into the project design, including institutional arrangements and budget. Support the development of capacity    building programs including staff training of the JNAP Secretariat and SPCR stakeholders;

POSITION: Manager Pacific ICT Outreach Programme (PICTO), 2010 to 2013

EMPLOYER:  Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva Regional Office,Fiji

KEY ROLE OF POSITION: To provide leadership to Pacific Island countries in using ICT as a key tool for development especially in key sectors such as education,    health, and agriculture. To coordinate, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the regional Framework for Action on ICT for Development in the Pacific (FAIDP).

POSITION: ICT Adviser – Outreach, October 2005 – March 2010

EMPLOYER: Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC), Suva, Fiji

KEY ROLE OF POSITION: To provide ICT technical and policy advice to SOPAC Pacific Island member countries. To empower and build ICT capacity of key    
stakeholders in SOPAC Pacific Island member countries

POSITION: Deputy Secretary for Finance – Corporate Services, 2002 –2005

EMPLOYER: Tonga’s Ministry of Finance, Vuna Rd, Nuku’alofa, Tonga   

KEY ROLE OF POSITION: To manage the Corporate Services Division and provide the necessary support to the essential functions of the Ministry

POSITION: Director of Information Technology, 1996-­‐2002

EMPLOYER: Tonga’s Ministry of Finance, Vuna  Rd, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

KEY ROLE OF POSITION: To provide technical and policy advices to His Majesty’s Cabinet on ICT related issues. To computerize the key systems and develop    
appropriate policies and legislations


Member of the NZ Institute of IT Professional; Former Chairman of Board of Directors of Tonga Investment Ltd, Shipping Corporation of Polynesian Ltd; Former Board member of Tonga Cable Ltd, Seastar Ltd, Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (PacCERT), Pacific CHapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC), Asia Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN); Member of Regional ICT for Education Working Group, UNESCAP Expert Group; Chair of SPC Staff Representative Committee (SRC) 2011 - 2012.

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