Dr Paula Vivili is the Deputy Director-General Science and Capability at the Pacific Community (SPC) – an inter-government organisation with 27 members: 22 Pacific Island Countries and Territories and five metropolitan members – Australia, France, New Zealand, UK, and USA. He oversees SPC’s technical programmes including its Geoscience, Energy and Maritime Division. Prior to this role, he was the Director of SPC’s Public Health Division for six years. Dr Vivili has an intimate knowledge of SPC, its people, and partners. He is from Tonga where he worked for 15 years before joining SPC.
Dr Vivili holds undergraduate degrees in Human Nutrition (University of Otago) and Medicine (University of the South Pacific) as well as a Masters degree in International Public Health (University of Sydney). He has undertaken a World Health Organisation Fellowship at the University of Auckland and Auckland Hospital in Ophthalmology.