Charles Abel (born September 1969) was first elected to the 8th National Parliament for the Alotau Open Electorate in the 2007 General Elections as an Independent candidate then joined the National Alliance Party. Appointment as Minister for Culture and Tourism in the Somare-Temu cabinet on the 29/8/2007 till resignation from government in July 2010 to join the Morauta led opposition. Appointed Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry on 5/8/2011 in the O'Neill-Namah cabinet. Re-elected to the 9th National Parliament for the Alotau Open Electorate in the 2012 General Elections as an People`s National Congress Party candidate. He was appointed Minister for National Planning in the O'Neill-Dion cabinet. Following the 2017 General Elections he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer in the O’Neill cabinet.
Abel completed his secondary education at Immanuel Lutheran College, in Queensland, Australia. He then completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland in 1989 and is an accountant by profession.