Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Fiji to the USA

Mr. Winston Thompson took up his appointment on April 2, 2009 and presented his credentials to President Barack Obama on May 20, 2009. Mr. Thompson has previously served as Chief Executive of Telecom Fiji Limited (1995-2005), Secretary for the Public Service (1992-­1994), Permanent Secretary of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Energy (1991-­1992), Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations (1985­1991), Secretary for the Public Sector Commission (1983-1985), Permanent Secretary for Finance (1975­-1983), 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. Mr. Thompson was a Prime Minister's appointee as a Senator in the Parliament of Fiji from June 1996 to September 1999. Other appointments held have included Chairman National Marketing Authority, Chairman Fiji Pine Commission, Chairman, Fiji Museum Board of Trustees, Chairman, Fiji Hardwood Corporation and a number of board directorships. Mr. Thompson has been awarded the Order of Fiji Civil Service Medal and Fiji Independence Medal (1970 and 1995). Mr. Thompson was born in Yasawa and educated in Fiji, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago and Australia. Mr. Thompson is accompanied by his wile Queenie and they have four grown children and six grandchildren.