Dr. MAHENDRA REDDY
Dr. Mahendra Reddy is a Fijian politician and Member of the Parliament of Fiji. He is currently Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts. Reddy was an award-winning scholarship student at the University of the South Pacific and the University of Hawaii. He did his Master of Science Degree and PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics on a Fulbright Scholarship on an East-West Centre Fellowship at the University of Hawaii. He taught Economics at the University of the South Pacific, becoming a Lecturer in Development Studies in 1998 and getting promoted to Senior lecturer in 2005. In 2007, he became the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics and Associate Professor of Economics. In 2008, he became the Head of the USP School of Economics before being transferred to the Fiji Institute of Technology in October as the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism Studies. In March 2009, he was appointed as the Chair of the Commerce Commission. In July 2014, he resigned as Commerce Commission director and from the Reserve Bank of Fiji board chairman to join the FijiFirst party to contest in the elections. Reddy was elected to Parliament in the 2014 election, in which he won 5,398 votes. He was appointed to Cabinet as Minister for Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts in September 2014.