H.E. Mr. Siamelie Latu was a former Deputy Commander and Joint Operation Commander of the Tonga Defence Services (TDS) prior to his current appointment as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Tonga to the People’s Republic of China. Mr. Latu ascended through the ranks of the Tonga Defence Services (TDS) from Second Lieutenant to Colonel. He has served in a number of appointments which includes Commander of the TDS Land Force. He was appointed as Joint Operation Commander of the TDS until retired in 2010. Mr Latu was assigned to the United States Central Command Headquarters Tampa, Florida as Tonga Senior National Representative during Operation Iraqi Freedom, was selected as the Tonga Liaison Officer at the Multinational Headquarters Bagdad and later became Contingent Commander of the first Royal Tongan Marines who participated in peacekeeping mission in Iraq 2004. He was selected by the Tongan Government as Chief Coordinator of the Operation Niuatoputapu Tsunami Emergency Response Phase and the Joint Task Force early recovery and reconstruction of the road and rehabilitation of the island of Niuatoputapu.
As a graduate of the University of New England, Australia he was conferred a Bachelor of Professional Studies. Mr. Latu graduated from the Australian Army Command and Staff College where he was credited with a degree of Master of Defence Studies from the University of Canberra. He is also a graduate of the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu Hawaii. He attended the National Defence University of the People’s Liberation Army of the People’s Republic of China. He is also a graduate of Deakin University where he was conferred a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). He is also a fellow of the Australia Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.
Honours and Awards include the Order of St. George Commander’s Medal, Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Campaign Medal and Coronation Medal.
Siamelie is married to Sesilia Latu and they have four children.
Mrs Sesilia Monalisa Latu First Secretary
Sesilia took up her post as First Secretary at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in September 2011.
Sesilia has extensive professional experience in the area of Education. Between 2009 – 2010, she was a consultant to the Ministry of Education in Tonga, for developing and reforming the Curriculum (of the Tongan Studies and Social Sciences) at the Primary level. She has been a relieving teacher at the Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate, Auckland (June 2003 to March 2004) and at the Marist College, Canberra, 2007. Between March 2004 - December 2006, she was a Lecturer and later became Academic Dean of the Bachelor of Primary Teaching Programme at the Te Wananga O Aotearoa (University of New Zealand) at the Mangere Campus, Auckland.
Sesilia was the Senior Education Officer, at the Examinations Unit in 2002 to plan and co ordinate all internal assessments at Form 5 (Year 11) for the Tonga School Certificate Examination. In 1998 - 1999, she was teaching History and History/Social Science Methodology at Tonga Institute of Education; develop and write new teaching courses for Teaching Social Sciences at Year 1, revise Teaching Courses for History and History courses as part of the NZODA Project of TISP (Tonga Institutional Strengthening Project); and was the Research Assistant for Evaluation of NZODA Project in Tonga Secondary Schools; and became the Course Co ordinator at the Curriculum Development and Training Centre in year 2000.
At the Secondary level, she was the Acting Deputy Principal for Tonga College 1996; Senior Lecturer (Head of Department) for Humanities in Tonga Government Secondary Schools (1992 – 1996); Assistant Teacher teaching English, Social Sciences and History at Tonga High School, Tonga College at Forms 1 to 6; an appointed National Examiner for Form 2 Social Science Common Examination, Form 5 History and as Marker for SPBEA (South Pacific Board for Examination and Assessment) for Form 6 History.
Sesilia has a Masters of Education from Auckland University; Postgraduate Diploma, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Arts from the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Sesilia is the spouse of the Ambassador and they have four children.
Mr. He Yang, Administration Officer
Mr He Yang took up his post as Administration Officer and Translator at the Embassy on 22 March 2012. As a graduate of the University of New Brunswick Canada he was conferred Bachelor of Applied Management in Hospitality and Tourism, 2008
Assistant Admin/ VIP Driver
Mr Luo Lin was employed by the Embassy on 6 September 2012. He previously worked
at Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Metro Branch from 2003 to 2004 and Beijing Film Studio from 2005 to 2006 as Fourth Product Field Producer. In 2006, he was employed by Beijing Capital International Airport Security Bureau and Beijing Capital International Airport Hotel Hilton since 2008.
Mr Luo Lin studied at Chinese People’s Public Security University in the field of Legal Secretariat Professional. In March 2000, he was awarded level 6 qualification certificate by China Taekwondo Association. He was awarded Cargo Inspection Certificate in 2010 by Beijing International Airport Customs for being an outstanding employee. In July, 2012 he was awarded Accounting Qualification Certificate by Beijing Municipal Finance Bureau.