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Congratulations to Su’a for his Appointment to the Forum in Suva, Fiji.

Posted by Sai Lealea on September 28, 2009

Pacific Island Forum Press statement (53/09)
14th September 2009


The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva, Fiji has appointed two new Programme Directors.

They are Su’a Kevin Thomsen from New Zealand as Director Strategic Partnerships and Coordination and Ms Tanya Chakriya Bowman from Australia as the new Director – Economic Governance Programme. Mr Thomsen is the first Director Strategic Partnerships and Coordination after the position was created recently.

In welcoming the appointment of the two new programme directors, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade said: “The appointments to the two senior positions at the Secretariat were made after an open and transparent process of advertising the positions and assessing the candidates including several rounds of interviews.”

“Due to the seniority of the positions within the Secretariat’s structure, it is important that we get the candidates that meet the criteria prescribed for the two positions and I believe that two candidates appointed have the relevant qualifications and experience.”

Mr Slade added: “The experience that Mr Thomsen and Ms Bowman bring will be an asset to the Secretariat and will help strengthen team performance and leadership within their respective programmes as well as support to the Secretary General and policy advice in their areas of work.”

Mr Thomsen’s most recent position was Manager Pacific Engagement International Relations with the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand. His other roles include Director Policy and Communications in the Ministry of Pacific Islands Affairs from 2001 – 2008. In 1999-2001 he was Senior Adviser Policy and Service Development at the Department of Corrections Policy and Service Development.

Ms Bowman has held the post of Director and Trade Advisor, Pacific Group in AusAID from 2007 to 2009 and was AusAID representative on the Interdepartmental Committee initiating the Pacific Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme in Australia. She also provided advice on development aspects of Pacific trade negotiations and the coordination trade related support to the Pacific. Among the other positions she has held, Ms Bowman was also Economics, Trade Policy and APEC Unit Manager in the Asia-Economic Section, Asia Regional Branch from 2005 – 2007.

Ms Bowman begins her appointment with the Secretariat in early October while Mr Thomsen will start in early November.



2 Responses to “Congratulations to Su’a for his Appointment to the Forum in Suva, Fiji.”

  1. Mark Rajewski said

    I am an old friend of Su’a brother, Steven, and am trying to find a new email address for Su’a. I live in the USA and am desperate to get an update on the Thomsen and Nielson families in Samoa. Can anyone help?!?

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