On 6th October 2014, Dr. Jiko Luveni was elected as the Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji. This appointment made her the first female Speaker in the history of Fiji.
Dr. Luveni has undertaken advisory assignments for the WHO in Health Education and Management of Health Learning Materials in Malaysia, Japan and Tanzania. She represented Fiji as the Pacific resource person for the Year of the Family conference sponsored by UNFPA held in New Zealand in 1994.
Dr. Luveni graduated as a dentist at Fiji School of Medicine in 1967 and in Public Health Dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1982. Dr. Luveni practiced and provided dental services throughout all the Divisions in Fiji before joining the Primary and Preventive Health Unit at the Ministry of Health headquarters. IN 1988, she joined the United Nations Population Fund where she worked for 15 years as a program manager serving the Pacific region. She also worked for three years at the Ministry of Health as the HIV/AIDS Project Officer before setting up the NGO, Fiji Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS as its Executive Director.
In 2008, Dr. Luveni was invited to serve in the current government as Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation. During her term the Ministry for Women has provided assistance to more than 1,300 women’s groups throughout Fiji.