At PTC since 2014
Upolu Luma Vaai is Principal and Professor of Theology & Ethics at the Pacific Theological College (PTC) in Suva, Fiji. He studied theology at St. John’s Trinity College, Auckland, NZ; Piula Theological College in Samoa; Brisbane College of Theology, Brisbane; and Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. He holds a BD, MTh, and PhD in Theology and Ethics. He also holds a Certificate of Corporate Governance from the School Institute of Directors. He held board director positions in multiple Samoa government ministries. He was also a senior lecturer at the Piula Theological College in Theology and Ethics.
He joined the faculty staff of PTC in 2014 as Senior Lecturer and Head of Department for Theology and Ethics, lecturing in theology, Christian ethics, theological and Pacific hermeneutics, eco-theology, gospel and culture, ecumenism, interfaith studies, contextual theology, Christian anthropology, Trinity, Christology, pneumatology, social ethics, ecclesiology, and academic skills.
He is chair and member of many international organizations and committees. To name a few: Member of the Advisory Council of the International Academy for Multicultural Corporation; Facilitator of the WCC Global Ecumenical Theological Institute (GETI); Chair of the Oceania Centre Advisory Committee, University of the South Pacific; Oceania chair of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, Oxford University; Chair and Convenor of 2020 Pacific Philosophy Conference, Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture, Honolulu, Hawaii; Member of the G20 Anti-Racism Initiative; Member of the G20 Environment Working Group; Member of the European Society of Oceanists; Expert Member of the Anti-corruption Academic Initiative (ACAD) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC); Member of the Berkeley Centre of Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Advisory board of the Laudato Si Institute, Oxford University; Editorial board member of 6 International Journals; Member of many committees of the Pacific Conference of Churches and the Association of South Pacific Theological Schools. He currently chairs most of the committees in the transitioning of the Pacific Theological College towards University by 2024.
He had obtained various fellowships, scholarships, and invitations for periods of research at several universities around the world. He is an international speaker on many conferences and an international examiner to many Masters and PhD theses, including non-theological theses. His publications are mostly in the intersection of the Trinity, ecological or eco-relational theology, development, ecumenism, and indigenous philosophies.