DR.MAHENDRA REDDY – HONOURABLE MINISTER FOR EDUCATION, HERITAGE AND ARTS
Honourable Dr. Mahendra Reddy is a well known and respected academic. He was an award winning scholarship student at the University of the South Pacific and University of Hawaii. He then did a Master of Science degree in Agriculture and Resource Economics on a Fulbright Scholarship at the University of Hawaii and a PhD on an East-West Centre Fellowship, also at the University of Hawaii.
In 1998, Honourable Dr.Reddy began his career teaching Economics at the University of the South Pacific prior to becoming Lecturer in Development Studies. He then rose to the rank of Senior Lecturer Development Studies in 2002 and Senior Lecturer in Economics in 2005. He was then promoted to Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics in 2007 and Associate Professor of Economics in the same year. In 2008, Honourable Dr. Reddy became the Head of the USP School of Economics before being transferred to the Fiji Institute of Technology in October of the same year as the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism Studies. The Honourable Dr.Reddy was appointed as the Chair of the Commerce Commission in March, 2009. In January, 2010, he was appointed the Dean of the College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies at the Fiji National University and in January 2014, he was appointed Director of Reserve Bank of Fiji.
In 2014, after the overwhelming victory of the Fiji First Party, Honourable Dr.Mahendra Reddy was appointed as the Minister for Education, Heritage, Culture and Arts. The Honourable Dr.Reddy also has an impressive record of consultancies for national and international agencies. The most recent is undertaking detailed research for the establishment of Fiji’s first ever National Minimum Wage. The Honourable Minister has also published widely in research and scholarly journals and books, and is an expert commentator in the media on development and economic issues.