Dr Paula Vivili has been appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General Science and Capability. He took up the position on 1 January 2021 and will be based in Suva, Fiji.
Dr Vivili succeeds Dr Audrey Aumua, the former Deputy Director-General (Suva), who resigned from SPC to take up the role of CEO of the Fred Hollows Foundation in New Zealand.
Recognising the necessity for a greater focus on its members’ needs across the region, the Secretariat took the opportunity to redefine the Deputy Director-General (Suva) post and place a stronger emphasis on integrated and country programming. Within this new role, Dr Vivili will take over responsibility for the scientific and technical work and capability building across SPC’s nine divisions and programmes.
Originally from Tonga, Dr Paula Vivili served as the Director of the Public Health Division (PHD) at SPC for the six years prior to his new appointment. He brings a wealth of knowledge about SPC, its people and partners, which will assist and guide him in his new role. Dr. Vivili has a background in human nutrition, public health and non-communicable diseases, and he holds undergraduate degrees in Human Nutrition (University of Otago) and Medicine (University of the South Pacific) as well as a Master’s degree in International Public Health (University of Sydney). He also served as a World Health Organisation Fellow at the University of Auckland and Auckland Hospital in Ophthalmology.