Sir Rabbie Langanai Namaliu served as Foreign Affairs & Immigration Minister in the Government of Papua New Guinea from August 2002 to July 2006 and Minister for Treasury from July 2006 to August 2007. He served briefly as Leader of Opposition in 1988 before becoming Prime Minister between1988–1992 and Speaker of the National Parliament between 1994–1997. He earlier served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1982–1984 and held a number of other senior Ministries including Primary Industry, and Petroleum and Energy since his first election to Parliament as MP for Kokopo (East New Britain) in 1982.
As Foreign Minister, Sir Rabbie was President of the ACP Council of Ministers and Co-President of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers for six months in 1984 with the Foreign Minister for Ireland. He also chaired the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Committee on the amalgamation of the Forum and Pacific Community in 1984, the other members being the Foreign Ministers of New Zealand and Tonga, as well as Chairman of the Forum Foreign Ministers and MSG Foreign Ministers Meetings in 2005.
Sir Rabbie had a distinguished public service career before entering Parliament. He was Chairman of the Public Services Commission in 1976 – 1979 and earlier served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister who subsequently became the first Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare from 1974 – 1975. In 1976 he was appointed by the National Government as East New Britain Provincial Commissioner with the specific task of setting up the East New Britain Provincial Government which was achieved with its promulgation on 13 July 1976.
He was a Senior Tutor and later Lecturer in History at the University of Papua New Guinea, and was the first Papua New Guinean to be appointed to the University’s academic staff in 1973.
Sir Rabbie holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from UPNG and a Master of Arts (MA) degree from the University of Victoria, British Colombia, Canada and an Honorary Doctor of Laws (HON.LLD) from the same University.
On 20 February 2005, the President of the Divine Word University in Madang, PNG, bestowed on him as Honorary Degree Award in International Relations on behalf of the Paris Based Centre for Diplomacy and Strategic Studies, an affiliate of the Institute of International Relations, a College of the Sorborne University in France.
Sir Rabbie was Chancellor of the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment, based at Vudal in East New Britain Province from August 2007 to February 2011.
He was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Era Resources (formerly Marengo Mining Limited) now based in Toronto, Canada on the 11th February 2008 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the publicly listed investment firm, Kina Asset Management Limited based in Port Moresby early in 2008. Early in 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Kina Securities Limited as a Non-Executive Director and since January 2011 as its Chairman. He was also Chairman and Director of the Kina Institutional Superannuation Services and of the new Kina Group after the purchase of Maybank in September 2015. He retired as Chairman of both Companies on 16 May 2017.
Sir Rabbie was appointed as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Kramer Ausenco on 16th February 2010. Kramer Ausenco is a joint venture comprised of Kramer (PNG) Limited, a Papua New Guinea based engineering company, and Ausenco of Australia, formed to provide a whole range of engineering services to clients in PNG and in the South West Pacific region as well as globally. Kramer Ausenco has permanent offices in Port Moresby, Brisbane, Honiara, Port Vila, Nuku’alofa, Suva and Apia.
Since March, 2011, Sir Rabbie has been an independent Non-Executive Director of Bougainville Copper Limited. In early 2012 Sir Rabbie was appointed by InterOil Corporation Limited to its PNG Advisory Board until he was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of InterOil Corporation in July 2012 until he ceased to be a Director when Exxon Mobil took over InterOil Corporation on 23 February 2017.
In March, 2011, Sir Rabbie was appointed by the East New Britain Provincial Government to be the Chairman of the PNG Games Host Organising Committee for the 2012 PNG Games held in Kokopo, ENB Province in November, 2012. Since March 2014, Sir Rabbie has been Acting Chairman of the East New Britain Sports Development Authority until permanently appointed as Chairman in February, 2017.
In February 2013, Sir Rabbie was appointed as Non- Executive Director of the Post Courier.
In 12 December 2016, Sir Rabbie was appointed to be a Director on the Board of YWAM Medical Ships Ltd, of which he is also the PNG Patron.
In 2008, Sir Rabbie Namaliu was appointed by AusAID as a member of the Agricultural Innovation Grants Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Agricultural Research & Development Support Facility (ARDSF) funded by the Australian Government and until early 2009 when he resign, was Chairman of the Committee. In 2008, Sir Rabbie was appointed by AusAID to the Pacific Regional Leadership Program Advisory Committee, (a regional leadership training program covering six countries namely, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa) of which he was also the Chairman until 2012. Sir Rabbie retired as a Member in 2014 when the program ended.
Sir Rabbie was a Member of the Policy Advisory Group (PAG) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU.
Sir Rabbie is a member of the PNG Institute of Directors.