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Papua New Guinea Update 2009

Port Moresby Update

Thursday 16 April
Main Lecture Theatre, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby

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Peter Aitsi
Peter is Chairman of Transparency International PNG and is the former head of the Media Council of Papua New Guinea.

Ray Anere
Ray is a Senior Research Fellow of the Political and Legal Studies Division at the National Research Institute based in Port Moresby. Before joining NRI, Ray taught Political Science at the University of Papua New Guinea for 23 years.  Ray’s research activities include: coordinated the Domestic Observers Team with Dr Nicole Haley of the SSGM, ANU, on the 2007 parliamentary elections; led a research team on the 2007 elections; also led a research team on the 2008 local level government elections in PNG; and currently working on the publications.

Marjorie Andrew
Marjorie is the Deputy Director of the Institute of National Affairs, which is a privately funded, non-profit research “think tank”. Marjorie is also the Executive Officer for the Secretariat of the Consultative, Implementation and Monitoring Council, which promotes dialogue between government, private sector and the community. Marjorie’s previous employment include:  the Department of Finance, AusAID, Department of National Planning, as well as carrying out project coordination, and short term research projects. She is a graduate of the University of PNG, and holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Albert Ayius
Albert obtained his Master of Art at the University of Papua New Guinea. His keen area of research is governance, in particular the area of "corruption". He is co-editor of NRI Special Publication No,47 on "Corruption in PNG towards an Understanding of Issues" and principal author of National Research Institute (NRI) Discussion Paper 97, "The Establishment of Community Justice Centers". He was also the author of a "Bibliography" on Corruption and a Research Coordinator and active member of NRI Research Committee, while working as a Research Fellow with Political and Legal Studies Division at the NRI. He is currently working as a Governance Officer with the Asian Development Bank – Papua New Guinea Resident Mission.

Loi Bakani
Loi Bakani is the Deputy Governor of the Bank of PNG.

Paul Barker
Paul Barker, from the UK, came to PNG in January 1978 and was based in the Highlands for five years with the Primary Industry Department. He headed the economics, marketing and statistics Branch of the Primary Industry Dept until 1988, when appointed special economic sector adviser in the Prime Minister’s Dept., a post filled until mid-2004. He was technical adviser with the European Delegation in the Solomon Islands until January 2006, and then appointed Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs.

Aaron Batten
Aaron is an Economics PhD student from the Australian National University. His research focus is on analysing the impact of foreign aid inflows on the fiscal expenditure priorities, debt behaviour, revenue management and public sector efficiency of the PNG Government. He has previously worked at the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and the Australian Commonwealth Treasury. He is currently a research associate at the National Research Institute in Port Moresby

Fred Brooker
Fred is the Senior Education Advisor based in Papua New Guinea for AusAID.

Bill Costello
Bill is a Minister Counsellor based in PNG for AusAID.

Ron Duncan
Ron is a Professor Emeritus of the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University. He is Editor of the Asian-Pacific Economic Literature journal and Joint Editor of the Pacific Economic Bulletin. Ron’s previous role was as Foundation Executive Director of the Pacific Institute of Advanced Studies in Development and Governance at the University of the South Pacific. Ron’s research and teaching interests are in the economics and governance of developing countries, agricultural and trade policy, competition policy, primary commodity markets, and management of natural resources. His primary developing country interests are in countries of the South Pacific and East Asia.

Jonathan Gouy
Jonathan joined The CIE’s Canberra office as an Economist in 2007. He holds a Master of Science, Financial Economics, from the University of London and a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Monash University. Prior to joining the CIE, Jonathan was an Economic Adviser to the Government of Papua New Guinea. He also worked as a macroeconomist and policy adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra.

Professor Ross Hynes
Professor Ross Hynes is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea.

Zora Johnwell
Zora Johnwell is a student at UPNG and the first woman President of the UPNG SRC.

Fredah Joses
Fredah is a student at UPNG and Women’s Vice President of the UPNG SRC.

Peter Kants
Peter is currently the First Assistant Secretary of the Curriculum and Standards Wing at the PNG Department of Education.  Before joining the Department Peter was a Chairperson on the Standards & Guidance Review Management Team.  Peter has had a strong career based in the education sector and has experience in teaching as well as reviewing schools and programs.  Peter is currently finishing a Master of Educational Leadership

Arnold Kukari
Arnold spent 8 years teaching in various high schools in Papua New Guinea and spent the last 15 years teaching at the University of Papua New Guinea and the University of Goroka respectively. I held the positions of Acting Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Dean of Education Faculty at the University of Goroka. I currently hold the positions of Senior Research Fellow and acting Head of Education Studies Division at the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Hons.) from the University of Papua New Guinea, a Master of Educational Policy and Administration from Monash University, Australia, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Pennsylvania State University, USA. I have published a number of scholarly papers on education nationally and internationally.

Eric Kwa
Eric Kwa teaches at the School of Law and is the Director of the Human Rights Centre at UPNG.

Boe Lahui-Ako
Boe Lahui-Ako is Deputy Dean of Research and Convenor of BA (Professional Education Studies) at UPNG.

Peter Larmour
Peter Larmour is a Reader in the Public Policy and Governance program at The Australian National University. He is currently doing research on anti-corruption policies and improving the effectiveness of aid. Peter also teaches a number of courses on corruption, anti-corruption, and public sector management. He has written widely on politics and government in the Pacific. His PhD was on land policy in Melanesia and he taught at the University of Papua New Guinea during the 1980s.

Betty Lovai
Betty Lovai is the Executive Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UPNG.

Billy Manoka
Billy Manoka is Associate Professor and Head of Economics Division at UPNG.

Chris Moraitis
Mr Moraitis was most recently the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Senior Legal Adviser, a position he held since November 2002.  He has held several positions in the department in Canberra including Assistant Secretary, Staffing Branch (2001‑2002), Director, East Timor Taskforce (1999-2001), Executive Officer, Human Rights Section (1993-94) and Desk Officer, Chemical Weapons Convention Taskforce (1991-93).  From 1994 to 1995 Mr Moraitis served as an Adviser to the former Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Gareth Evans QC.  He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a Graduate Trainee in 1989.  Overseas, Mr Moraitis has served as Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Paris (1996-99), First Secretary, Australian Embassy, Madrid (1995), and Third Secretary, Australian Mission to the United Nations and Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (1990-91).  Mr Moraitis was born in Melbourne in 1962.  He holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees with honours from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of International Law degree from the Australian National University.  He was admitted to practise in Victoria as a Barrister and Solicitor in 1988.  Mr Moraitis speaks Greek, Italian, French, Portuguese and Spanish.  He is married and has one daughter.

Dr Puka Temu
Dr Puke Temu is the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Lands, Physical Planning and Mining, The Hon. Puka Temu Dr Temu is from Central Province. He was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Abau in 2002. He is a member of the National Alliance Party and is the Party’s Deputy Parliamentary Leader for the Southern region. Dr Temu came to Parliament after an impressive career as a Medical Practitioner, serving 19 years as a clinician in both Papua New Guinea and Australian hospitals (including six years in the Royal Melbourne and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals), and in the public service, culminating in his appointment as Secretary of Health where he was instrumental in developing PNG’s Health Reform Program. Dr Temu has also held ministerial portfolios for Public Service and State Enterprises and Information. Dr Temu was awarded a CMG Queen’s Honours Award in 2000.


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