Professor Satendra Nandan is a writer-academic and a former parliamentarian and cabinet minister in Fiji. He was in active politics in from June 1978 - May 1987. In 1982, he was appointed the shadow minister for Education, Youth & Sports. In 1987, he became the Minister for Health, Social Welfare & Women’s Affairs in Bavadra Coalition cabinet. After the two coups in 1987, he came in December to Canberra as a Fellow to The Humanities Research Centre at the ANU. He returned to Fiji in February 2005 and has made significant contributions to the building of a New Fiji through the Peoples Charter and tertiary education.
In March 2012 he was appointed a Commissioner to the Constitution Commission of Fiji to help draft a new democratic Constitution for Fiji Elections to be held in September 2014. The Commission presented the Draft Constitution to the President of the Republic of Fiji on 21 December, 2012. He returned to Canberra in January2013 and joined the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.