Winston Thompson is the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific. From April 2009 through March 2015, he served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji to the United States (Washington, DC). He was Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Fiji Limited for 10 years to March 2005 during which time he oversaw the modernization of Fiji’s telecommunication infrastructure. Mr. Thompson also held senior positions in Fiji’s public service, as Permanent Secretary of different ministries including Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests; Finance; Public Service Commission; Tourism, Civil Aviation and Energy. He served as Fiji’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York for six years and was for three years a Senator in Fiji’s Parliament.