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Papua New Guinea Update 2009

Canberra Update

Tuesday 23 June
Papua New Guinea Policy Forum, The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra

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Aaron Batten
Aaron Batten 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

Margaret Callan
Margaret Callan is Assistant Director General PNG branch AusAID, the agency responsible for managing the government’s official aid program. Margaret has worked on a number of AusAID programs (the Pacific, Indonesia and the Philippines), as an Asia Pacific economic analyst at the Office of National Assessments, and as an economics researcher and editor.

Satish Chand
Satish Chand joined the School of Business at UNSW@ADFA in March 2009.  He has published on international trade, economic growth, labour markets, and development.  He has also worked as a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, The World Bank, and the Governments of Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and Vanuatu

Jenny Clement
Jenny Clement is the Manager – Country Programs for CARE Australia, a development NGO focused on tackling poverty in 21 countries. Prior to joining CARE, Jenny lived and worked in PNG for eight years. This included five years managing the AusAID-funded Community Development Scheme – a small grant and NGO capacity building scheme covering all districts in PNG. She was a Project Planning Advisor with the PNG Department of National Planning and Monitoring, and has done several consultancies for AusAID, NZAID and UNDP in PNG and the Pacific. She was a Program Manager and a Gender Advisor to the UNDP in the Philippines and Vietnam respectively. Jenny holds a BA in Modern Asian Studies from Griffith University and Graduate Diplomas in Women’s Studies (ANU) and Organisational Development and Training (Southern Cross University).

Ron Duncan

Ron Duncan 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.

Colin Filer
Colin Filer is an anthropologist by training and an expert on the social context and impact of resource development and conservation projects in Melanesia.  He has engaged with the extractive industry sector as a teacher, researcher, consultant and policy maker since taking up an appointment at the University of PNG in 1983.  He was also a member of the Assurance Group for the Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development Project in 2001-2002, and drafted a number of policy papers for the PNG government under the terms of the Mining Sector Institutional Strengthening Project funded by the World Bank in 2002-2003.

Jon Fraenkel
Jon Fraenkel 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 Gouy 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.

Jenny Hayward-Jones
Jenny Hayward-Jones is Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute. Prior to joining the Lowy Institute Jenny was an officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for thirteen years, serving in the Australian missions in Port Vila and in Ankara, where she was Deputy Head of Mission from 2004 to 2007. She worked as Policy Adviser to the Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands from its inception in July 2003 and in 2004 and was a member of the election monitoring delegation in Solomon Islands in 2001. Jenny holds a BA (Hons) in political science from Macquarie University; her Masters thesis for Monash University focused on governance and political change in Vanuatu.

Stephen Howes
Stephen Howes is a Professorial Fellow at the JG Crawford School at the Australian National University. From 2005-2007, he was Chief Economist for the Australian Agency for International Development, where he was lead author of Pacific 2020 and the 2008 Pacific Economic Survey. Prior to joining AusAID, Dr Howes was Lead Economist for India for the World Bank. He has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics. He is currently working on the Garnaut Review on climate change.

Charles Lepani
Charles Lepani is the Papua New Guinean High Commissioner to Australia.  Previously Mr Lepani worked as an economic and public policy consultant. He was a member of the Aid Review team for the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia. As Director of the PNG National Planning Office from 1975 to 1980, he was involved in the formulation of PNG’s post-independence macroeconomic policy and public sector planning system including aid coordination. Charles served as PNG’s ambassador to the European Union from 1991–94. He was Managing Director of Minerals Resources Development Company from 1994–96, leading the partial privatisation of the state’s mining and petroleum assets and subsequently heading Orogen Minerals Limited. He holds a Master of Public Administration from JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

Mark McGillivray
Mark McGillivray is Chief Economist of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) in Canberra, Australia. Prior to joining AusAID in 2008 he was Deputy Director of the United Nations World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland. Mark is also an Honorary Professor of Development Economics at the University of Glasgow, an Inaugural Fellow of the Human Development and Capability Association and an External Fellow of the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade at the University of Nottingham. His publications include more than 120 refereed journal articles and book chapters and 20 edited or authored books on topics including aid allocation, aid effectiveness, achieved well-being and inter-country inequality. His most recent book is Human Well-being: Concept and Measurement (Palgrave-Macmillon, London, 2007).

Andrew MacIntyre
Andrew MacIntyre is Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific, Director of Crawford School and Director of RSPAS. He is Convenor of the Australia-Indonesia Governance Research Partnership, an active member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and sits on the advisory boards of the Asian Development Bank Institute and the School of Government, Victoria University in New Zealand.

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

Bob Warner
Bob Warner is International Projects Manager at the Centre of International Economics. He has worked for the Industries Assistance Commission and the World Bank. Bob’s areas of expertise include trade, investment and industry policy, assessing the socioeconomic effects of integration, and governance and institutional development.

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