(GOVT. PRESS SECRETARIAT); Incumbent Samoa Airways’ CEO, Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala has been given the Cabinet green light to proceed with full speed with the endorsement of his second three year term in office as of Monday this week.
Tuala as he is revered and known brings a wealth of experience to his current role, having been in aviation all of his working life.
An aviation lawyer by profession, he working experience includes serving as Assistant Attorney General for the Offices of the Attorney Generals in both Samoa and American Samoa. His primary duties and responsibilities is to provide sound legal advice on matters pertaining to Civil Aviation, Airports and International Shipping laws and regulations.
A graduate from the University of Otago with a (BA.Hons) Tuala is also an alumni with the University of Waikato (LLB) and from the University of New England in Australia. (AdvDipBusMgt- Distinction), ICAO, Montreal Canada and the Singapore Aviation Academy in various Aviation law and regulatory courses.
Prior to joining Polynesian Airlines, Tuala was employed as a national and regional Aviation regulator starting his career in Samoa with the Attorney General’s Office before joining the Ministry of Transport.
He was appointed as Samoa’s Director of Civil Aviation under the Ministry of Transport before the merger and what is now the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, MWTI.
His working experience also included his appointment as the Regional Transport Sector Adviser (Aviation/ Shipping), to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva Fiji, advising member countries on their aviation and shipping Agreements, Treaties and Regulatory and commercial opportunities.
Following that he was appointed as the General Manager of the Pacific Aviation Safety Organisation (PASO), in Port Vila, Vanuatu where he served for 7 years.
Tupuivao Seiuli has vast experience as an aviation regulator and in managing a Pacific Regional Organisation (PASO, CROP Member).
He also received specialising training with the International Civil Aviation Organisation HQ in Montreal, Canada, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority as well as Australia and Singapore.