With a diverse background and unique experiences, Tamatoa brings a valuable perspective to his role with the Cook Islands Financial Services Development Authority. Prior to taking on his role as CEO, Tamatoa was working in the financial industry in the Cook Islands managing complex international corporate and trust transactional work and structured wealth management strategies for businesses and high net worth individuals. Tamatoa has previously lived in Asia, the United States, and several countries in the Pacific. His appreciation for diversity and his prior experience working in the IT industry equips him to expand and energize the Cook Islands financial industry.
In his role as CEO, Tamatoa is charged with growing the Cook Islands international financial services industry and promoting the jurisdiction to new markets. He also acts as a liaison between the Cook Islands government and the financial services industry.
Tamatoa graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Information Systems and Political Science from Brigham Young University - Hawaii, Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Pacific and Asian Legal Studies law certificate from University of Hawaii, and Juris Doctor from University of Hawaii.
Tamatoa is admitted to the Hawaii State Bar and the Cook Islands Law Society. He currently serves as a member on the Council of the Law Society Council, which manages the affairs of the Cook Islands Law Society.
Alan commenced his career practicing law in New Zealand before moving overseas where he worked in the international financial services industry in the Cook Islands, Jersey and Singapore. He has held legal, business development and senior management positions in both public and private organisations. Before joining the FSDA, Alan was based in Singapore heading the asset management and fiduciary services businesses for a Swiss listed financial services organisation.
Alan has travelled extensively through Europe, North America and Asia representing the organisations he works for and speaking on wealth management and financial services.
Alan has degrees in law and economics from Auckland University in New Zealand. He has been admitted to the New Zealand bar and is a member of STEP and the New Zealand Institute of Management.
Alan has now returned to the Cook Islands with his family and is looking forward to contributing to the development and growth of the Cook Islands financial services industry.