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PRO-CHANCELLORS

Masiofo Fetauimalemau Mata’afa

Years: 1971 – 1976

Masiofo Fetauimalemau Mata’afa was appointed USP’s first Pro-Chancellor in 1971. A former Member of Parliament and an Ambassador, she also carried the honorific title "Masiofo", the queenly title for the wife of a paramount chief in Samoa in her capacity as the wife of Samoa's first Prime Minister, Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II. USP awarded its first Honorary Doctor of Laws to her in 2004. She completed her term as the University’s Pro-Chancellor in 1976.

Masiofo Fetauimalemau Mata’afa

Hon Mosese Qionibaravi

Years: 1981 – 1985

The late Honourable Mosese Qionibaravi was appointed USP’s Pro Chancellor in 1981. A Fijian politician and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Qionibaravi was also a Minister of Finance in the Fiji Government. From 1977 – 1982, he served his term as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was from the Alliance party. In 1992, he was appointed a Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is a veteran civil servant. Hon Qionibaravi completed his term in 1985.

Hon Mosese Qionibaravi
Mr Henry Naisali

Mr Henry Naisali

Years: 1985 – 1990

The late Honourable Naisali was appointed USP’s Pro Chancellor in 1985. He was an influential figure in the transformation of Tuvalu from a British colony and served as the Financial Secretary of the new Tuvalu Administration from 1976. He also served as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat from 1986 – 1988. He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia, a CMG and an MBE. The Tuvalu politician’s term as Pro-Chancellor ended in 1990.

Sir Ieremia Tabai

Years: 1991 – 1997

Sir Ieremia Tienang Tabai was appointed USP’s Pro Chancellor in 1991. Sir Tabai was the first President of Kiribati and described as one of the most able leaders of the Pacific island States. He received his education in New Zealand. Following his retirement from Presidency, Tabai served as Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum from 1992 until 1998. He was also made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) by Queen Elizabeth II. His term as the Pro-Chancellor ended in 1997.

Sir Ieremia Tabai
Mr Savenaca Siwatibau

Mr Savenaca Siwatibau

Years: 1997 – 1999

The late Mr Siwatibau, was appointed USP’s Pro-Chancellor in 1997. A prominent Fijian academic leader and civil service administrator he was appointed the first native-born Director of Economic Planning after independence and later served as the first Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. He was the Head of EPOC (the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Pacific Operations Centre in Vanuatu when appointed as the University’s Pro-Chancellor. He completed his term as USP’s Pro-Chancellor in 1999.

Hon Dr Senipisi Langi Kavaliku

Years: 2000 – 2006 & 1976 – 1981

Dr Kavaliku was appointed USP’s Pro-Chancellor for two terms 1976 – 1981 and 2000 – 2006 respectively. He served in many prominent positions in the region during his career. Hon Kavaliku was the first Tongan to enter Harvard and graduate with a Bachelor of Arts. He also became the first Tongan to attain a Doctorate degree. In 2002, Dr Kavaliku received the Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning award for his contribution to the welfare and education of the people of the South Pacific, and the greater Commonwealth. He last served as the Pro-Chancellor of USP in 2006.

Hon Dr Senipisi Langi Kavaliku
Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa

Years: 2006 - 30 June 2012

Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, the then Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa was appointed USP’s Pro-Chancellor in 2006. The Samoan matai was a Member of Parliament and Minister for Women, Community & Social Development in Samoa. Following the March 2006 elections in which she was re-elected for a sixth term she was nominated by Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to her new portfolio. She completed her term as USP’s Pro-Chancellor in 2012.

Mr Ikbal Jannif

Years: 1 July 2012 - 12 April 2015

Mr Ikbal Jannif was appointed USP’s Pro-Chancellor from July 2012 for a period of almost three years. The Suva businessman had initially joined the USP Council as one of the Fiji’s Government representatives and served as a co-opted member of the USP Council from 1994 – 2006. He was also chairman of the Levuka-based Pacific Fishing Company Limited. Mr Jannif has been involved in a number of charitable and social institutions. His term as Pro-Chancellor ended in 2015.

Mr Ikbal Jannif
Mrs Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu

Mrs Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu

Years: 13 April 2015 – 31 December 2015

Mrs Fekitamoeloa ‘Utoikamanu, a career civil servant in the Tongan Government and former Deputy Director General of SPC, was appointed as Acting Pro-Chancellor from 13 April, 2015 and served in the capacity for eight months. She is currently the United Nations High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. Mrs ‘Utoikamanu is a graduate of the University of Auckland and has a Master of Commerce in Economics. She concluded her term as a Co-opted member of Council in January 2016.

Mr Winston Thompson

Years: 1 January 2016 – To Date

Mr. Winston Thompson was appointed USP’s Pro-Chancellor on 1 January 2016 for a period of three years ending on 31 December 2018. He served for 9 years as Chair of the University Grants Committee from 2006 to 2015. He has a distinguished record of 38 years as a Fijian civil servant as Permanent Secretary for a number of ministries - Agriculture (1973 - 1978), Finance (1978 - 1983), Public Service (1983 - 1985; 1992 -1994), Tourism, Civil Aviation and Energy (1991 -1992). He served as Fiji's Ambassador to the United Nations (1985 - 1991) and later as Ambassador to the US and Mexico/High Commissioner to Canada (2009 - 2015). He also served for ten years as CEO of Telecom Fiji Ltd (1995 - 2005).

Mr Winston Thompson