New C.E.O. for Samoa Umbrella of Non-Governmental Organisations
Fuimaono Vaitolo Ofoia is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organisations (S.U.N.G.O.).
Fuimaono commenced his duties as C.E.O. last week on the 3rd October 2019.
He takes up the role following the untimely death of former C.E.O. the late Tofua’iofoia Falefa Lima earlier this year.
“I feel excited and empowered with my new role because I have the opportunity to help out the community through S.U.N.G.O.,” Fuimaono said.
He said that his role can be challenging but he truly believes that he can make a difference because with a great challenge comes greater reward.
“At the moment, I am trying to familiarise myself with the system and get to know our non-governmental organisation partners and also the donors from overseas.
“S.U.N.G.O. is trying to build the capacity amongst all our members. One of our core roles is to advocate and promote policies that are affecting the lives of people in general.
“An example would there are currently existing gender related issues, issues faced by the disability community, our goal is to be their voice.”
Fuimaono has been working as a Financial Controller and Finance Manager for several commercial companies in Australia for many years.
He brings in a wealth of experience in the areas of Strategic and Process Management, Public Accounting and Finance, Entrepreneurship, Taxation and Superannuation.
Aside from professional endeavours, he is currently a Justice of the Peace for the state of New South Wales, Australia.
Mr. Ofoia holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Professional Accounting from the University of New England and Southern Cross University in Australia.
He hails from the villages of Uafato, Fagaloa, Tufulele, and Saleimoa and is married to Luafa Christine Ofoia and they have three children.
Fuimaono is also actively engaged in his Professional membership with the Institute of Public Accountants Australia, Institute of Financial Accountants UK, The Tax Institute Australia, and the Samoa Institute of Accountants.