Amelia Faotusia

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Amelia Faotusia

Master of Environmental Management and Development

The Australian National University

Amelia believes sustainable ocean conservation is not only vital to the livelihoods of Tongans, but also to reducing global warming. She was previously an economist within the Development Aid Unit of the Tongan Government’s Ministry of Finance, and has represented Tonga at the inaugural nine-month Pacific Ocean Finance Fellowship Programme 2019-20.

She hopes to build the capacity of ocean finance and conservation in Tonga by discovering effective financing modalities.

In 2022, Amelia achieved her Master of Environmental Management and Development from The Australian National University, winning the Tiri Tiri Prize for academic excellence.

She is currently a PhD candidate at the University's Department of Pacific Affairs, under which she is exploring blue economy policy and practice in coastal and cultural tourism, with a specific focus on ecotourism in Tonga and New Zealand.