VIPA Board suspends CEO

The Board Members of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) have suspended VIPA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Andrina Thomas.

The disciplinary action came into effect on October 26, 2016.

Senior Government officials confirmed the suspension and refused to go on record but Daily Post has been reliably informed that the Board decision to suspend the CEO was made whilst she was on a trip abroad.

The officials also did not shed light on the grounds of the disciplinary decision, saying the investigation will determine if there is any merit in the allegations.

This was reaffirmed by the chairman of the VIPA Board, Lionel Kaluat to media yesterday, who did not elaborate but alluded that the disciplinary procedure is still in process.

It is no secret that Dr. Thomas is highly qualified with a wealth of experience. She graduated with a PhD in 2013.

Her studies focused on good governance, Pacific leadership, strategic management, gender and social inclusion and social enterprise.

She also has a Post-graduate Certificate in Strategic Management from Waikato University, another Post-graduate Certificate in Pacific Leadership from UNITEC and graduated with a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts (Management & Public Administration) from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

Prior to commencing duties as VIPA CEO on May 2015, Dr Thomas was Country Manager of a locally registered NGO with international affiliations to the Live & Learn Environmental Education (LLEE) in Melbourne, Australia.

She also worked as the InNew Land -Country Coordinator for the Global Entrepreneurship Management (GEM)/UNITEC entrepreneurial research undertaken with the Vanuatu National Statistics Office in 2009/2010 and as Manager of Contributor Services of the Vanuatu National Provident Fund from 2004-2008.

At present, VIPA Manager Investment Promotion, Raymond Vuti, has assumed the role of acting CEO.

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