Dr Aumua is of Fijian descent, and since from the beginning of 2016 has served as the Deputy Director General (Suva) of the Pacific Community. She was the World Health Organisation (WHO) Resident Representative, based in Honiara, Solomon Islands, where she was responsible for the technical and strategic leadership to the government, as well as diplomatic representation for the organisation in Solomon Islands.
In her previous role, Dr Aumua had responsibility for the Suva based operations of SPC and the technical oversight of programming and strategic development for the organisation. She had oversight of key development areas such land resources management, energy, maritime, disaster management, Geo resources management as well as the human and social development agenda of SPC. She is currently the CEO of the Fred Hollows Foundation in New Zealand.
Dr Aumua has extensive experience in research, policy development and management in the sustainable development in the Pacific region both in the NGO and Government sector and the UN system.
Prior to her WHO appointment, Dr Aumua held appointments with the University of Queensland and Curtin University in Western Australia.
Dr Aumua holds qualifications from the University of Auckland, in English, teaching and business, and completed a Master of Public Policy from Massey University and a PhD from Curtin University. Her PhD thesis was on international public policy reforms in the Pacific region.