Maiava Atalina Emma Ainuu-Enari was appointed Governor and Chairperson of the Board of the Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) on 11 August 2011, the first woman to hold this role. A career central banker, having worked for the CBS for a cumulative period of approximately 27 years in a number of senior positions within the Bank, Ms Ainuu-Enari has extensive experience in macroeconomic policy development and implementation and monetary policy matters. On the national level, she is the Chairperson of the National Financial Inclusion Taskforce, Head of the Money Laundering Prevention Authority, Insurance Commissioner. She also serves as a board director for the Samoa International Finance Authority and Leadership Samoa.
Regionally, Ms Ainuu-Enari has made significant contributions in the push to find actionable solutions for de-risking and withdrawal of correspondent bank relationships which adversely affected small-island developing states in the Pacific.
On the international front, Ms. Ainuu-Enari is a board member of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI). She is also the Pacific representative on the Governance Committee of the Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering.
Ms Ainuu-Enari is an economist and lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Business in Economics, Banking and Finance from University of Southern Queensland (Australia), a Master of Science in International Economics, Banking and Finance from the University of Wales (UK), and a Bachelor of Law (LLB) and Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) from the University of the South Pacific (Fiji and Vanuatu).