Executives Bio & Information

Chief Executive Officer

Fui Tupai Mau Simanu

Fui Tupai Mau Simanu started as the Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry in June of 2022. He joined MWTI after having worked as the Chief Engineer for the Electric Power Corporation (EPC) for eight years from 2014 to 2022. Fui is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with the Institute of Professional Engineers of Samoa (IPES). He is one of the senior members of IPES having served as its President from 2015 to 2017 and also as a Council member from 2013 to 2018. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Power Industry which has seen him worked on some of the biggest Infrastructure and Renewable Energy projects implemented by the Samoan Government. He is also a former lecturer at the National University of Samoa’s Institute of Technology. He hails from the villages of Savaia, Falefa, Sagone and Saoluafata.

ACEO Civil Aviation Division (CAD)

Lauano Yvonne Tuioti Mariner

Lauano started working for MWTI in 2007 as the Principal Officer for Aviation Security. She left the Ministry after ten years to become the Quality Assurance and Safety Officer for Samoa Airways Ltd. She re-joined MWTI in 2019 as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Civil Aviation, a role she still holds up to this day. Lauano has the distinction of being first in a number of important milestones in Civil Aviation for Samoa. She was the first female technical officer for Civil Aviation to work for the Ministry. She was also the first Samoan to graduate with Graduate Diploma in Aviation from National University of Singapore as well as being the first Samoan to complete the ICAO Aviation Security Inspector’s course. She is the proud mother of five children and is from the villages of Lelata, Salelologa and Patamea.

ACEO Corporate Services Division (CSD)

Magele Faamaini Fotu Vaa

Magele Faamaini Fotu-Vaa has been working for the Government of Samoa for thirty-eight (38) years, including 12 years at the Senior Management Level and five (5) consecutive terms as ACEO for the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure Corporate Services Division. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from our National University of Samoa and a Master in Business Administration from the University of the South Pacific.

ACEO Legal

Tualamaalii Wendy Theresa Pogi

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ACEO Asset Management Building Division (AMB)

Tilianamua Aloalii

Tilianamua Aloalii joined the Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure in 2018 as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of the Asset Management and Building Division. I previously worked as the Team Administrator (Property) for the New Zealand High Commission in Apia for three years, managing the Post’s property portfolio. For over ten years, she worked as a Quantity Surveyor for Dominion Constructors Ltd in Auckland, New Zealand.

ACEO Land Transport Division (LTD)

Sagauga Leilani Galuvao

Leilani joined the Ministry in 2015 as the Assistant CEO responsible for leading the work of the Land Transport Division. She entered with over twenty years of experience working in Samoa’s public service, including a few years in the New Zealand public service, and locally and regionally as an information consultant. With an initial academic background in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Auckland New Zealand, her versatility, combined with a passion for public service has seen her traverse the move from the health industry to the transport and infrastructure industry with ease, expanding her areas of experience and accomplishments to encompass both technical and policy leadership and development. Whilst in the health industry she was the local lead in bringing in the first integrated computerized Health Information System for the Samoa Health Service, and upgrading the health service’s radio communications network from analog to digital, covering all hospital bases and service’s transport fleet . Since joining the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (MWTI), she has helped develop the Land Transport Division to increase its technical capacity base, in line with strategic directions for the Ministry and the Division to take on responsibilities for managing infrastructure projects not under the technical and legislative mandates of other government agencies, or where the Ministry must take the lead in a multiple-agency implemented project. Examples of these in the past include the Apia Waterfront Early Development construction projects and riverwall constructions. In policy development she was the MWTI’s lead in the development of the first National Infrastructure Asset Management (SIAM) Policy (2017) and associated Samoa Infrastructure Asset Management Strategy (2018). The Division under her leadership is placing renewed focus and emphasis on improving the legislative and governance framework for land transport in Samoa. Ensuring governance arrangements are optimum to empower agencies of government in the implementation, financing and regulatory roles, to capitalize on available resources to deliver improved and safe road network and land transport services to the people of Samoa.

ACEO Maritime Division (MTD)

Vaelua Sonny Brown

Vaelua Sonny Brown is currently working in the Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure ACEO of the Maritime Division in June 2021. He has gained vast experience on Foreign going vessels such as Germany Columbus lines Company, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Coastpak Shipping line/Australia, and Pacific Forum Line from 1988 to 2004 as an Engine Rating, 3rd /2nd, and Chief Engineer. He also worked as a Civil Engineer/Marine Engineer conducting inspections for the main wharf rehabilitation work under the Japanese Wakachiku Construction/Samoa Port Authority from 2016-2017. Former Senior Lecturer and head of Maritime School at the National University of Samoa for more than 10 years. He has accomplished the Chief Engineer program as he holds a 2nd Engineer license in the (MIT-New Zealand Maritime School), a Diploma in Marine Engineer Class 3 license in Fiji, a Bachelor of TVET and a Postgrad Diploma for Development Studies from the National University of Samoa. Vaelua Sonny Brown is from the villages of Sataua, Falealupo, Falealili and Lotofaga.

ACEO Transport & Infrastructure Sector Coordination Division (TISCD)

Tauiliili Kalavini Maualaivao

Tauiliili Kalavini Maualaivao is the Coordinator/Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Transport and Infrastructure Sector Coordination Division. He joined the Ministry of Works Transport and Infrastructure in December 2018 in leading the coordination team responsible for planning, monitoring and implementing of sector priorities as well as donor funded infrastructural development projects. With more than 20 years of Public Sector experience he held other executive level positions as Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Corporate and HR Services Division, Samoa Public Service Commission Office and Assistant Manager for Corporate Services, Samoa National Provident Fund. Had also served as Principal HR and Administration Officer, Ministry of Finance and Senior Training Coordinator, Ministry of Health. Hold a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism, Management and Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific and a Masters in Strategic Human Resources Management from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne - Australia.

ACEO Policy & Planning Division (PPD)

Muliagatele Paulino Pania

Muliagatele Paulino Pania was first ever appointed as an ACEO Policy and Planning ever since 2012. He was also heavily involved in the development and formulation of the first Transport Sector Plan in 2014. He is currently responsible in the overall coordination of Samoa Asset Management Strategy. Muliagatele has been holding the ACEO Policy and Planning position for four (4) consecutive terms. He attended Avele College and graduated from the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand. Muliagatele also holds another matai title namely ‘Tevaga’ in Samalaeulu, Savaii.

ACEO Planning & Urban Management Agency Division (PUMA)

Della Savaiinaea Siomia

Talamau Della Savaiinaea Siomia first joined the Planning and Urban Management Agency as the Sustainable Development Officer in 2011. She holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from the University of Queensland, Australia, specialising in Planning & Environmental Impact Assessment and GIS.