Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua has 35 years of extensive experience working with premier international institutions in senior management, sustainable development and public policy. As a visionary and thought leader she has influenced and guided strategy across myriad international and regional dialogues. She has established various innovative initiatives and set new trends through her policy and programme advisory work, research and leadership development.
She has interacted with Leaders through country dialogues, inter-governmental processes, regional meetings and one-to-one through her engagements during her career with the UN system (UNDESA, UNDP, UNIFEM), and in her former capacity with regional intergovernmental organisations, namely PIFS and SPC. She continues to engage with Leaders and Ministers as a diplomatic staff of the Commonwealth.
She has been a long-time champion of sustainable development, women’s empowerment at all levels and she is well-positioned and connected to engage and broker professional relationships and networks to advance the agenda of Pacific regionalism for better lives and prosperity of the peoples of the Blue Pacific Continent. She is affiliated with several organizations devoted to climate change, global trade, sustainable development, education, health, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
During her career, she has travelled extensively throughout Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia to provide policy and programme advisory services. She has been a servant leader and daughter of the Pacific.
Ms. Kinahoi-Siamomua has a wealth of regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, and her Pacific experience of relevance to the post, includes being an Economist with Tonga Development Bank; a Project Economist with the Asian Development Bank’s regional office for the Pacific (1989-1996); became a Deputy Regional Authorising Officer for the European Development Fund for the Pacific region (1997-1999) at the same time the Development Cooperation Adviser for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; Head and Adviser of the Pacific Women’s Bureau, Secretariat for the Pacific Community (2000); Regional Programme Director for the Pacific for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (2001-2005), and a Senior Program Advisor for UNDP in its country office in Papua New Guinea (2010-2011) before moving to UNDESA in New York. She had also served with CARE International (USA).
Selected Highlights of Pacific region experiences:
- 1989-1996 Project Economist for Asian Development Bank’s Pacific office
- 1997-2000 Led the preparations and implementing of meeting of Small States Forum Leaders Meeting
- 1997-2000 Deputy Regional Authorising Officer for European Development Fund for the Pacific region
- 2000 Led the preparations and implementing of 8th Triennial Meeting of Pacific Women (for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community)
- 2001-2005 Regional Programme Director for UNIFEM
- 2008-2011 Senior Program Adviser for UNDP in PNG and Fiji
- 2012-2014 Inter-Regional Adviser (SIDS) UNDESA, New York
- 2015 – Presently Head of Gender, Economic, Youth & Sustianable Development, Commonwealth Secretariat
Ms. Kinahoi-Siamomua has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of the South Pacific, a postgraduate certificate from Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and several professional certificates in development studies, business administration, leadership with impact, project management and PRINCE2.