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Chair – Dr Mahendra Reddy

Dr Mahendra Reddy is also the Dean of the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies at Fiji National University. Dr Reddy has an impressive record of consultancies for national and international agencies, most recently being a review of the Northern Development Programme for the Fiji Ministry of National Planning. He has published widely in research and scholarly journals and books, and is an expert commentator in the media on development and economic issues.

Dr Reddy was an award-winning scholarship student at the University of the South Pacific and University of Hawaii. He did his Master of Science Degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Hawaii and his PhD on an East-West Centre Fellowship, also at the University of Hawaii. Dr Reddy began his career teaching Economics at the University of the South Pacific, becoming a Lecturer in Development Studies in 1998, Senior Lecturer in Development Economics in 2002 and Senior Lecturer in Economics in 2005. He was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at USP in 2007, Associate Professor of Economics in 2007 and Head of the USP School of Economics in 2008. In October 2008 he joined the Fiji Institute of Technology as the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism Studies. He was appointed the Chair of Commerce Commission on March, 2009.