Niuean Sir Collin Tukuitonga has been made a Fellow by the International Science Council (ISC).
The Associate Professor of population health of the University of Auckland was recognised for his outstanding contribution to promoting science as a global public good. He joins over 100 Fellows, and two honorary Fellows from around the world, this is the highest honor conferred by the Council.
He said it was a great honor to become a Fellow with the International Science Council but a recognition at this level comes because of the people he works with and especially his family.
Sir Collin has been a long-standing health champion for the Pacific people in Aotearoa New Zealand, across the region and internationally. He has been praised as a Public health academic, public policy expert and an ardent advocate that has become an important Pacific voice.
As a new Fellow he will support the Council in its mission at a critical moment for science and sustainability for science, with the UN’s International Decade of Sciences for Sustainable Development in 2024.
Sir Collin Tukuitonga will also chair a transition team to help guide the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) incoming Western Pacific Regional Director, Tongan surgeon Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala. The incoming Regional Director will begin his new role in February next year.
Sir Collin is expected to visit Niue next month and will work with the Niue Health Department on cancer control.