Howard Aru, is the CEO of the Vanuatu Foreign Investment Promotion Agency (VFIPA). He formely served as the Director General for the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) in Vanuatu.
He was former Director General of Vanuatu’s Ministry of Health. He holds a dual Master of Public Policy (specialising in international policy) and Diplomacy and a Post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Australian National University (ANU). He also holds a BA in Geography and Management from the University of the South Pacific (USP). Howard founded and became the first CEO of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA) from 1998-2003 as part of the country’s comprehensive reform program with the ADB.
He has also served as Sub-regional Head of the ACP/EU Centre for the Development of Enterprise for six years after having represented CDE as Country Rep from 1996-2006.
Howard is passionate about development (notably rural development) and the dire need to address the dual issues of poverty alleviation and health (notably NCDs).