Armindo Maia is Timor-Leste’s former Minister for Education and a PhD candidate at the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. His research interest is on the Role of Nationalism in Nation-building in Post-independence East Timor, focusing on education. Prior to his arrival at ANU, Armindo worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Timor Lorosa’e National University (UNTL) in Dili, Timor-Leste, between 2008-2011. Armindo held several senior administrative positions as the first Rector of UNTL (2000-2001), Minister of Education and Culture (2001-2006), and Ambassador to Philippines (2007-2008). His research interests include Local History of Timor-Leste (cultural and political) and anthropological studies on the traditional child-rearing of the East Timorese people.