Transform Aqorau started his public service career in 1988 as Legal Officer with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he served for 10 years, leaving the Ministry as Acting Deputy Secretary. In that capacity he was involved in a range bilateral maritime boundary, and regional fisheries negotiations, representing the Solomon Islands Government in the negotiations of the 1995 UN Fish Stocks Agreement, and also at the 1992 UN Conference. He later joined the Forum Fisheries Agency as Legal Counsel and Deputy Director-General, and was involved in the negotiations to establish the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). He also served as International Legal Adviser to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Fiji. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office in Majuro, Marshall Islands, and in getting the Vessel Day Scheme to be fully functional with hard limits. He has been directly involved in ocean and fisheries related issues in the Pacific Islands region, through the Solomon Islands Government, and regional organizations. He helped established Pacific Catalyst, a research consortium aimed at developing the next generation of fisheries thought leaders in the Pacific Islands. He is currently working as Legal Adviser to the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority, and Professor/Director of the Institute for Oceans, Islands and Sustainable Development (IOISD) at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU). He currently serves as a Board Member of the International Seafood Sustainability (ISSF) and Oxfam International. He has written and published extensively on a range of fisheries and oceans governance issues, including writing a book titled "Fishing for Success: Lessons for Pacific Regionalism", published by the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs.