Change at the top: Professor Biman Prasad becomes new leader of NFP and lawyer Tupou Draunidalo becomes the first i-taukei party President
By Professor Biman Prasad; New Leader of NFP
From Academic to Party Leader: Who is Professor Biman Prasad?
Professor Prasad hails from Dreketi in Vanua Levu, a rice farming area.
He completed his primary education at the Muanidevo Indian School and secondary education at Dreketi Junior Secondary School and at Labasa College.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of the South Pacific in 1984, Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of the South Pacific in 1985.
During his student days Professor Prasad was the President of the Indian Students Association.
led many presentations and protests on behalf of the students including coordinating a hunger strike against the government in 1984.
After the 1987 coup in Fiji, Professor Prasad was elected the founder President of the Fiji Youth and Students League.
This organization was at the forefront in calling for the return to democratic government in Fiji.
Professor Prasad completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of the South Pacific in 1988, Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1991 and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland, Australia in 1997.
Professor Prasad rose through the academic ranks of Lecturer to the highest level of Professor at a very young age.
Until his resignation recently, Professor Prasad led the largest faculty within the University of the South Pacific.
Professor Prasad is an international scholar and has contributed significantly to the debate on social and economic issues in the region.
From 2003 to 2007 Professor Prasad was Head of School of Economics.
worked in the area of Distance and Flexible Learning.
Professor Prasad has an accomplished academic reputation with four books and many articles published on economic development, trade and environment issues.
has published several journal articles and has done consultancy work for international organisations such as the Asian Development Bank
, Food and Agricultural Organisation, The World Trade Organisation, AusAID, etc and governments in the Pacific region.
He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Fijian Studies and Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pacific Studies.
Professor Prasad has travelled extensively around the world and has presented papers at many international conferences over the last several years.
He has been a visiting Professor at the Kagoshima University in Japan and at the Otago University in New Zealand.
Professor Prasad has taught in the Regional Trade Policy Course for the Asia-Pacific region at the Universities of Hong Kong and National University of Singapore.
In addition, he is a regular media commentator and has given numerous interviews to local and international media.
In addition, during his student days, Professor Prasad held numerous leadership positions.
He was President of the USP staff Association for seven years from 1999-2006.
Professor Prasad also fought the 1999 General Election.
was also elected as the leader of the National Federation Party
He is a steering Committee member of the Asia Pacific Forum on Environment and Development, Secretary of the Asia Pacific Business in Society (APABIS), Steering Committee member of the AusAID report on the Pacific for 2009 and 2010.
He was recently elected as the Chair of the Oceania Development Network, a regional network supported by the Global Development Network.
Professor Prasad received the prestigious Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) fellowship.
spent 2 months at the Jawaharlal Nehru University
from February to March, 2011.
He holds Adjunct Professorial positions at the University of James Cook and Griffith University in Australia and at the Punjabi University in Patiala, India.
He was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Prize for Research Leadership at the University of the South Pacific in 2011.