Tessie Eria Lambourne, Secretary to the Cabinet, Kiribati
As Secretary to the Cabinet, Tessie Eria Lambourne holds the most senior civil service position in Kiribati. She was appointed to this position by President Taneti Maamau in August 2016.
Tessie joined the Kiribati civil service in 1991. Prior to her appointment as Secretary to Cabinet, Tessie held various senior offices, including Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Secretary for Internal Affairs and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Immigration. From 1998 to 2000, Tessie was Private Secretary to President Teburoro Tito.
Tessie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) from the University of Auckland in New Zealand (1994). In 2007 she was awarded a Master’s degree in International Law and Politics (with First Class Honours) by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.