H.E Moetai Brotherson

French Polynesia

H.E. Moetai Charles Brotherson became the 18th President of French Polynesia on the 12th of May 2023.
Following the 2023 French Polynesian legislative election, he was elected President of French Polynesia by the Assembly of French Polynesia.

A native of Papeete, President Brotherson grew up in Punaauia, Tahiti and graduated from the École internationale des sciences du traitement de l’information in 1990 with a master’s degree in computer science.
He then worked in France, Japan, Germany and the United States before returning to Tahiti after the September 11 attacks.

After returning to Tahiti, President Brotherson worked as an advisor in the office of local politician Émile Vernaudon. He was head of the Post and Telecommunications department from 2005 to 2008, then chief of staff to Vice President of French Polynesia Antony Géros from 2011 to 2013. He later worked as opposition spokesperson.

He was elected as a municipal councillor of Faaa in the 2008 election, a position he held until 2020 under Mayor Oscar Temaru.
In 2014 he became a deputy mayor, a position he held until 2017.
President Brotherson was elected to the French National Assembly in the 2017 legislative election, becoming the first Tāvini Huiraʻatira politician to serve in such a role.

In 2007 he published a novel, Le Roi absent (“The Absent King”). In 2010 he participated in the O Tahiti Nui Freedom expedition, which sailed a single-hulled Polynesian outrigger canoe from Tahiti to Shanghai.