Xavier Estico has been the Chief Executive Officer of the National Institute of Science Technology and Innovation (NISTI), Seychelles, since 2014. His previous positions have been in different management positions in parastatal organizations, including Air Seychelles. His last position was International Administrative Flight Operations Manager.
His academic background extends from Pedagogy, Agronomical Sciences, Business Administration and Aeronautical Sciences. He is a Masters degree holder in all three disciplines, except for Pedagogy, in which he holds a Certificate in Education. He attended: the Seychelles Teacher Training College, Institute of Higher Agricultural Sciences, Havana, Cuba, University of Southampton, UK, and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide, USA, where he recently completed his studies in Aeronautical Sciences.
As the CEO of NISTI, he provides overall policy and strategic leadership for the Seychelles transition from an efficiency-driven economy to an innovation-driven knowledge-based economy through the National STI Policy and Strategy 2016 – 2025 framework. This framework is designed for the inclusion and integration of STI across all sectors and programmes for the socio-economic transformation of Seychelles as a Small Island Developing State.
He sits on the High-Level Steering Committee for Knowledge-based Economy, a forum chaired by the Vice-President of the Republic of Seychelles. This committee oversees the progress of the country’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. He sat on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Statistics and has been lately appointed on the Board of Directors of the Seychelles Bureau of Standards. He is also a member of the National Commission for UNESCO.