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Winston Thompson
Ambassador

Winston Thompson took up his appointment on April 2nd, 2009 and presented his credentials to President Barak Obama on May 20th, 2009.

Mr. Thompson has previously served as Chief Executive, Telecom Fiji Limited (1995 2005), Secretary for the Public Service (1992-1994), Permanent Secretary for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Energy(1991-1992), Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations(1985-1991), Secretary for the Public Service Commission (1983-1985), Permanent Secretary for Finance(1978-1983), Permanent Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forests(1973-1978) and Director of Agriculture(1970-1973).  He joined the Department of Agriculture in 1962 as an Agricultural Officer.

Other appointments held have included Chairman, Fiji Museum Board of Trustees, Chairman, Fiji Hardwood Corporation and a number of board directorships.

He has been awarded the Order of Fiji, Fiji Civil Service Medal and Fiji Independence Medal(1970 and 1995).

Mr. Thompson was educated in Fiji, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Australia.

He is accompanied by his wife Queenie and they have four grown children.

 

Akuila Vuira
First Secretary

Mr. Akuila Vuira assumed the position of First Secretary on 9th September, 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was the Senior Assistant Secretary (Political and Treaties) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Mr. Vuira was also the Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister (SAM) and Acted as Principal Assistant Secretary at the Political and Treaties Division. Mr. Vuira received his International Relations and Diplomatic Trainings in Fiji and South Korea.

Mr. Vuira has been part of the Fiji delegation to a number of international and regional meetings, which include the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Egypt, ACP meetings in Denmark, Suriname and Vanuatu, Korea Pacific Islands Senior Officials Meeting in Seoul, Final Negotiations of the Arms Trade Treaty in New York, Ocean 21 Meeting in New Caledonia, Post 2015 Development Agenda in Timor Leste and the first IAEA Regional Meeting in Nadi, the Melanesian Spearheads Group (MSG) meetings and the inaugural Pacific Islands Development Forum.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Vuira served at the Executive Support Unit of the Ministry of Education as an Education Officer/Media Liaison Officer (2005 2011) and had taught at Gau Secondary School, Queen Victoria School, Balata High School, St Thomas High School and Nadi College (1998 2004). He also worked as a Bank Officer from 1993 1996.

Mr. Vuira obtained his Masters in Public Policy with double majors in International Relations/Political Economy and Human Resource and Social Policy from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management. He also holds a Bachelor of Education majoring in Literature and Language from the University of the South Pacific.



Teresita R. Sauler-Cooke
Executive Assistant

Mrs. Teresita Sauler-Cooke commenced her employment as Executive Assistant at the Embassy on May 23rd 2005. Prior to her appointment, Mrs. Sauler -Cooke worked for the Australian Embassy in Manila, Philippines for 13 years as Senior Assessing Officer of the Immigration Section.

Mrs. Sauler-Cooke holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Economics, from the Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines.

Mrs. Sauler-Cooke is  married to Mr. Donald Cooke.

 

Lathanzuala Phillips
Chauffeur

Mr. Lathanzuala Phillips joined the Embassy in 1995 as a Chauffeur. Prior to his appointment, Mr Phillips was employed by the Burundi Embassy.

Mr. Phillips is married and has four children.