Carmen Cardinali Paoa

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Cardinali and the second or maternal family name is Paoa.
Carmen Cardinali Paoa
Governor of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
Assumed office
September 2010
Preceded by Pedro Edmunds Paoa
Personal details
Born (1944-00-01) December 1, 1944 (age 70)
Easter Island, Chile
Nationality Chile Chilean
Profession Professor
tourism industry
Religion Roman Catholicism

Carmen Cardinali Paoa (born 1944) is a Chilean professor. She has served as the Governor of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) since 2010.[1][2] Cardinali worked as a professor in Santiago before being appointed Governor.[1] A native of the island, Cardinali has also worked in Easter Island's tourism industry.[1][2]

Cardinali's predecessor, former Governor Pedro Edmunds Paoa, resigned in early August 2010 following the occupation of six buildings by protesters who demanded the return of land to the descendents of the island's indigenous Polynesian inhabitants.[3] Lawyer Jorge Miranda was appointed as interim Governor until a replacement could be found.[3]

Chilean deputy Interior Minister Rodrigo Ubilla appointed Carmen Cardinali as Governor of Easter Island in early September 2010 to replace Edmunds.[2] Cardinali's challenges included archeological preservation of the island's heritage and revamping the tourist industry.[2]