Jul 04

Leiataua Tom Tinai

Personal Life:

Leiataua Tom Tinai (born in Samoa) is President of South Pacific Engineers Association (SPEA) and co-owner of Tinai, Gordon & Associates. He has over 30 years of experience in Civil Engineering.

Tinai is a current registered practicing member of Engineers Australia and also a senior registered practicing member of the Institution of Professional Engineers of Samoa.

Tinai’s role as President of South Pacific Engineers Association is for 2 years. There is currently no update on whether he will continue with this role once his 2 years is completed.



Tinai gained his degree in Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia.


Professional Career:

Tinai co-owns Tinai, Gordon & Associates – a Civil and Structural Engineering Consulting Company in Samoa. He was also President of the Institution of Professional Engineers Samoa (IPES). In 2009, he stepped down from his role as President to Vice President. The following year in 2010 he left his post as VP to take on the role as President of South Pacific Engineers Association (SPEA).

Tinai remains a senior registered practicing member of IPES, and in August 2010 as part of the IPES Executive members group, he participated in presenting 12 Scholarship Awards to students from various schools in Savai’i and Upolu. Each recipient received a Certificate from IPES and $500 they can use for their studies. Every year since 2009, the Scholarship program gives selected students in local technical institutions the opportunity to advance their studies in engineering-related fields.

On March 04, 2010 in Suva, Fiji – President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau announced Tinai as President to the newly launched South Pacific Engineers Association (SPEA). The SPEA is made up of bodies which represent Engineers within countries in the Pacific Island Forum Geographical region. Currently, there are national chapters in six countries. Three of these, the Institution of Professional Engineers Samoa, the Fiji Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Engineers Papua New Guinea are existing bodies. The other three national chapters in Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.


 Highlights & Awards:

  • President of Institution of Professional Engineers Samoa (IPES)
  • 2010 President of South Pacific Engineers Association (SPEA) – First person to hold this post and also first Samoan to do so

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