G9 secretary (recommended appointment), Taipei County Government (June 2000–July 2000)
G10–G11 Director-General (selected appointment), Indigenous Peoples Department, Taipei County Government (July 2000–September 2005)
Deputy Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan (September 2005–May 2007)
Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan (May 2007–May 2008)
Council Member, 1st New Taipei City Council (December 2010–December 2014)
Council Member, 2nd New Taipei City Council (December 2014–May 2016)
Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan (Incumbent, May 2016–)
Republic of China (Taiwan)
Master’s degree in Political Science, National Taiwan University
Executive Secretary, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Republic of China (2020–)
Director of the Economic Development Department, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Republic of China (2014–2020)
Senior Executive Officer and Deputy Director of the Social Welfare Department, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Republic of China (2008–2014)
Senior Executive Officer and Division Chief, Comprehensive Planning Department, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Republic of China (2006–2008)
Division Chief and Acting Director of the Indigenous Peoples Department, New Taipei City Government (2000–2006)
Staff, Indigenous Peoples Commission, Taipei City Government (1996–2000)
3. Deputy Secretary-General
Uroi N. Salii
Republic of Palau
MBA degree, College of Management, National Taiwan University, Republic of China (Taiwan) (2009–2011)
B.S. degree, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver (2002–2006)
Director of Finance, Palau Community College (September 2011–May 2020)
VP, U-Corporation Rentals, Republic of Palau (March 2013–May 2020)
Lecturer, Business Administration Program, Palau Community College (October 2007–June 2008)
Adaptability in the workplace
Problem analysis and decision-making
III. Organizational Structure
1. Executive Council
According to Articles 7 and 8 of the Charter of the Austronesian Forum, the Executive Council, the highest decision-making body of the Forum, shall consist of 13 to 20 council members from member states and shall serve as the chief representative agency of the Forum to oversee its operations and other related affairs. According to the same Articles, the Executive Council shall be led by a chairperson serving four-year terms; council members shall be appointed by each member state.
2. The Palau Headquarters
According to Article 2 of the Charter of the Austronesian Forum, the headquarters of the Austronesian Forum shall be established as an international nonprofit organization in the Republic of Palau. The headquarters was accordingly established and inaugurated on the second floor of the Ngarachamayong Culture Center in the State of Koror, Palau on September 30, 2019. The headquarters currently houses the Deputy Secretary-General and an assistant secretary.
3. The Taipei Secretariat
According to Article 9 of the Charter of the Austronesian Forum, a Secretariat with a Secretary-General shall be established to ensure the smooth operation of the Forum. The Secretary-General is tasked with implementing the five major strategies identified in the Six-Year Plan for the Austronesian Forum (2020–2025), starting with linguistic and cultural exchanges and expanding to regional industrial development, academic/policy research, human resources development, and basic administrative affairs.
4. Task forces
Pursuant to Article 10, Paragraph 5 of the Charter of the Austronesian Forum, the Secretary-General may, after consulting the Executive Council and under advisement from member states, establish one or multiple task forces and formulate standard operating procedures for each task force in order to fulfil specific tasks under the auspices of the Forum.
Currently, there are four task forces for four of the main strategies—Academic and Policy Research, Linguistic and Cultural Exchanges, Regional Industrial Development, and Human Resources Development. Each task force shall comprise a chairperson as the leader and representatives from at least three member states.
1. Executive Council
Pursuant to Article 8 of the Charter of the Austronesian Forum, an Executive Council Meeting shall convene at least once annually, except under circumstances in which the Secretary-General considers it necessary to reschedule the Meeting after consulting with every Council Member. The Meeting shall be attended by no fewer than one-third of the total number of Council Members of that session. The date and place of the Meeting shall be determined by the Secretary-General after consulting with Council Members. It may also take place via video conferencing. If necessary, or in the event of an emergency, a Meeting may be convened by the Chairperson at any time. The responsibilities of the Executive Council are:
A. Reviewing the Forum’s development plans
B. Coordinating the efforts of local governments, NGOs, academic institutions, and citizen groups to promote the welfare of the Austronesian Peoples
C. Other tasks that require the review or supervision of the Executive Council
The Headquarters was established as a nonprofit legal entity in the Republic of Palau. It serves as a crucial entity for the Forum’ participation in important international organizations and conferences related to indigenous affairs (including the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples). Additionally, the headquarters is in charge of coordinating the efforts of individual member states, promoting linguistic and cultural exchanges in the Austronesian region, organizing task forces, and assisting in hosting the annual Austronesian Forum Meeting.
The main responsibility of the Secretariat is to carry out development projects approved by the Executive Council in accordance with the five major strategies of the Six-Year Plan for the Austronesian Forum. Its main administrative responsibilities include organizing project teams, conducting policy research for the Austronesian Peoples, translating and publishing books, setting up the Austronesian Bibliographic Database, facilitating cooperation among Austronesian communities, convening Executive Meetings and Annual Assemblies, and organizing training and education for Austronesian youth to foster expertise in international affairs.
4. Task Forces
Pursuant to the Organizational and Operational Guidelines for the Austronesian Forum Task Forces, four task forces were established for four of the main strategies—Academic and Policy Research, Linguistic and Cultural Exchanges, Regional Industrial Development, and Human Resources Development. Members may choose to join one or multiple task forces based on their expertise and willingness to participate. These task forces may submit suggestions and strategies to promote sustainable development in the form of preliminary reports to the Executive Council.