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Papua New Guinea Update 2009

Alotau Update

Monday 20 April
Wanigili Centre, Alotau

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Henry Bailasi
Henry Bailasi is the Administrator of Milne Bay Province.

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.

Fiona Cornwell
Fiona is a Counsellor for Service Delivery and Growth, 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.

Jon Fraenkel
Jon is a multi-disciplinary social scientist, with a background in economic history and political science. He has lived in Fiji for 11 years where he was working at the University of the South Pacific. He specialises in contemporary politics in Fiji and the Solomon Islands, electoral systems, constitutional design and the political economy of the Pacific Islands.

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.

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.

David Kavanamur
David Kavanamur is a Professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Papua New Guinea. He holds a PhD(Management) from the University of Western Sydney, Australia (2004), an MPhil (Development Studies) from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (1994), a BA Hons (Public Administration) from the University of Papua New Guinea (1990), and a Diploma (Economic Policy Analysis) from the National Research Institute, Papua New Guinea (1991).

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.

Elisabeth Riedl
Elisabeth is a lecturer in Political Economy at the University of Sydney. She is also the Director of Internships for the Master of Human Rights at the University, and in both roles belongs to the School of Social and Political Sciences.  Elisabeth's research broadly focuses on development issues, with a particular interest in: coffee production and trade, fair trade and specialty markets, and corporate self-regulation.

Elisabeth has conducted research on fair trade in coffee in both Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.

Leah Sharp
One of six children, Leah was born at Toagesi village on the infamous Morima coast of Ferguson Island in the Milne Bay Province of Papua New Guinea. She has 11 children and 7 grand children.  Leah’s parents were subsistence farmers and worked as lay missionaries for the Methodist Mission in communities around the D’Entrecasteux Islands in Milne Bay Province. Leah attended primary and secondary school at Methodist Mission boarding schools in Milne Bay and East New Britain Provinces and matriculated from Sogeri Senior High School outside Port Moresby in 1970.  In 1971, Leah enrolled at the University of Queensland in a Bachelor of Social Work studies under an Australian Government scholarship scheme but returned home in disgrace after failing first year.  Leah has been involved in shipping with Rabaul Shipping Ltd since 1980 and more recently with its subsidiary Star Ships Ltd.  As a grandmother, Leah returned to University studies and gained a Bachelor of Laws degree in December 2003 from the University of Wollongong and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice in July 2004 from the same University. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2004.  Since returning from studies in Australia she has alternated my time between Rabaul and Alotau where Leah provides legal advice and assistance to the management and staff of Rabaul Shipping and Star Ships in all areas of Anglo-Australian law as well as PNG customary law. A lot of her time is given free of charge assisting landowners and women who come to seek legal advice.  In 2007 Leah was the only woman out of a total of thirteen candidates who contested the Milne Bay Regional seat in the general election.

Nancy Sullivan
Nancy is Managing Director of a PNG research consultancy, which is comprised of her former Divine Word University students. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, graduate of New York University and Princeton University, and her company has conducted social assessments of all kinds virtually everywhere in PNG for the past ten years; she's been in PNG for twenty one years.


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