Meet our Board of Directors
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Lord Afu'alo Matoto - Chairman of the Board
Qualifications – BA, MA 1970 – 1971 University of Durham, England, UK
Secretary for Finance in 1977 then to the Bank of Tonga in 1983 as Manager Banking Development then to other managerial roles before becoming the Managing Director of the Tonga Development Bank in 1999 to 2006. Matoto was then appointed as the Minister for Public Enterprises and Information 2006 – 2007, then Minister for Finance & National Planning 2008 to 2010. He is the current Chairman of the Board since February 2013. Lord Matoto is a Christian and the President of the Constitution Free Church of Tonga since 2012.
Paula Taumoepeau - Director
Qualifications – BA, MA 1990 – 1991, Massey University, NZ.
Paula commenced his career as a Research Officer in 1992 with the National Reserve Bank of Tonga. He worked in six different sections of the NRBT before leaving 16 Sep 2005 while Head of the Currency Department. Paula was part of the executive management team of the NRBT for a lot of time. After 13 years with the NRBT, Paula joined Leiola Duty Free Ltd Sep 2005 as Manager Finance & Administration and was General Manager from 2006. January 2008 to date, Paula became the Country Manager of the Nautilus Minerals Tonga to explore copper, gold, silver and zinc in the deep ocean of Tonga. Vice president of the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and was also a Board member of the Tonga Water Board.
Ms Lepaola Vaea - Director
Qualifications – BA Laws, Barrister & Solicitor 1995 University of Waikato, NZ
- Deputy CEO of the Ministry of Revenue & Customs (MRC) September 2000 - Present
- Acting CEO of Revenue for approximately 9 months since 2002
- Australian Tax Office Attachment from March to May 2008
- Legislative Drafter in the Ministry of Justice July to August 2000
- Tax Policy and Legislation Consultant March – May 2000 Revenue and Services Department
- Crown Counsel in the Crown Law Department1994 - 2000
- Lepaola was a Board member of the Tonga Investment Ltd and Home Gas in 2006 – 2013 then in the Shipping Corporation of Polynesian Ltd 2010 – 2013.
Mrs Leta Havea Kami - Chief Executive Officer
Qualifications – BA, MA 1987 – 1988 Willamette University, Oregon, USA.
Started with the Bank in 1989 as a Business Advisory Officer then worked her way up from managing key departments of the Bank including the Vava’u branch. In 2006, she was promoted to Deputy Managing Director – Operations in TDB. In this capacity, she served as a Councilor on the Tonga Chamber of Commerce. She was a Board member of Tonga Post for 3 years where she became Chairperson in April 2011. Later, she became Deputy Managing Director - Risk Management in TDB and also served as Deputy Chair – Remuneration Authority over the last two years. Leta is the first female Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer since September 2013 to date.
Rev Obey Niu Samate - Director
Rev Obey Niu Samate is a highly experienced commercial banker. Having retired from the Westpac Bank of Tonga, he has extensive skills and experience of more than 30 years in senior managerial positions specifically in Administration, Finance, and Commercial Lending. He is currently a senior manager at the Free Wesleyan Church’s Finance Department as well as a member of the Church’s various Committees. He was a Director of the Church’s Friendly Island Bookshop Board from 2012-2015. Rev Obey joined the Bank’s Board of Directors on 6 September 2016.