Chief Executive Officer | Samoa International Finance Authority
Tootooleaava Dr Fanaafi Aiono-Le Tagaloa is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Samoa International Finance Authority (SIFA) which provides international financial services that are marketed and promoted by “INVEST SAMOA.”
Since her appointment as CEO of SIFA and “Invest Samoa” in 2016, she has delivered a number of presentations on Samoa’s international finance centre as part of the “Invest Samoa – Seminar Series” in 2017 and 2018 in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Dubai and at Annual Meetings of the Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing and the OECD Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.
Fanaafi has implemented various legislative amendments to Samoa’s international finance laws providing world class solutions for the needs of foreign investors and to comply with international standards, namely the new Samoa Trustee Companies Act 2017 and the Samoa Foundations Act 2016.
Her undergraduate studies were at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, completing a L.L.B (Hons.) in 2000, and a B.A. (Hons.) in History in 2001. She was admitted to the New Zealand Bar in 2002 and the Samoan Bar in 2003. She completed her PhD in Law in 2009 also at Otago. She attained a further Bachelor’s degree – ‘Tagata Malaga’ in the Samoan Language, Culture and Philosophy in 2012 at ‘Le Iunivesite o le Amosa o Savavau (Inc) – The Samoan Indigenous University’ and a Certificate in ”SOALAUPULE – Samoan Customary Mediation” from Otago as well in 2013.