Mrs. Viola Ulakai, has been working for Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) as a Journalist by profession for 30-years. She was recently appointed to her new role as the Chief Executive Officer of TBC. Amongst her many responsibilities, she is also a Director of the Executive Board of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), a member of TASANOC’s Executive Board of Directors, a Treasurer of the Fasi mo e Afi Town Council and Vice President of the Board of Directors – Tonga Netball Association. Mrs. Ulakai is also a former Lecturer of the Tonga Institute of Higher Education and Community Development and Community Centre (TIHE).
Mrs. Ulakai joined the Office of the Minister for Finance as a Media Consultant, in the Reform Information Office. She was seconded from Tonga Broadcasting Commission at the beginning of the Revenue Reform in February 2005. With her extensive experience as a broadcast journalist, her role was crucial for the accelerated public education for the implementation of the first stage of the Revenue Reforms. Mrs. Ulakai in 2006 became a media person for the National Committee for Political Reform chaired by the late HRH Tu’ipelehake, as the terms of reference of the Finance Minister’s Reform Information Office had broadened to include its political and public consultations. She went to the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IMMC – New Delhi) for her further studies in Development Journalism.