The Australia-PNG Network is supported by an eight-member Advisory Council which provides feedback and insight into our events and activities. Four members from each country have been selected to provide a wide range of expertise on which the Network can draw.

The Advisory Council meets each year alongside the Network’s Emerging Leaders Dialogue. Advisory Council members also provide feedback on the Network’s activity throughout the year, and they are involved when their expertise is relevant to a network event or function.

The current council members are:

Sean Dorney - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Sean Dorney

Australian Journalist and non-resident Fellow, Lowy Institute


Sean Dorney is a Walkley-award winning journalist and Nonresident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney. He is well known for his many years covering Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific as correspondent for ABC News. Sean was both deported by and awarded by the Papua New Guinean government, receiving an MBE and Companion of the Star of Melanesia (CSM) in 2018.  He is the author of three books, including Papua New Guinea: People, politics and history since 1975, The Sandline Affair, and The Embarrassed Colonialist.
Lyn Leger - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Lyn Leger

Principal Environmental Consultant, BMT


Lyn Léger is a Principal Environmental Consultant at BMT. She has over 18 years’ experience and a background in environmental science, management and law. Lyn was previously an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development in Papua New Guinea, where she worked with the Milne Bay Community-Based Coastal and Marine Conservation Project. She has extensive professional experience as an environmental consultant in Papua New Guinea, where she has worked with a variety of government and industry groups.
Serena Sasingian - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Serena Sasingian

Chair, The Voice Inc.


Serena Sasingian is a lawyer by profession and co-founder of The Voice Inc., a leading youth development organization she co-founded whilst attending the University of PNG. She is currently Executive Advisor for Gender at the Oil Search Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, she worked as a senior Policy Lawyer with the Department of Justice and Attorney General where she was in charge of the implementation of domestic violence legislation and the PNG government's Action Plan to address sorcery and witchcraft-related violence. Serena has been very active in the nonprofit sector where she sits on the Board for several organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Masters of Business specialising in philanthropy and non-profit studies from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
Osborne Sanida - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Osborne Sanida

National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea


Dr Osborne Sanida is the Director of the PNG National Research Institute, PNG's public policy think tank. Dr Sanida's research interests and contributions are in the areas of economic modelling, development economics, time series econometrics, development planning, international trade, foreign direct investment and economic policy analysis. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Economics from the University of Queensland, a Master of Business Administration and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea.
Chris Elstoft - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Chris Elstoft

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia


Chris Elstoft is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has been Assistant Secretary, Papua New Guinea Branch since May 2018, when he returned from three years serving as Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to India. Prior to his term in New Delhi (2015-2018), Mr. Elstoft served overseas as Counsellor Jakarta (2008-2010), Deputy Head of Mission in Baghdad (2007), Political Adviser Honiara RAMSI (2003-2004) and First Secretary Port Moresby (2000-2002). In Canberra, Mr. Elstoft has held a range of positions in DFAT and the former AusAID, including Assistant Secretary, South Asia Regional and Indian Ocean Branch (DFAT) and Assistant Secretary, Mekong Branch (AusAID). Mr. Elstoft holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and a Masters of Economics (Development) from the Australian National University.
Donald Gumbis - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Donald Gumbis

University of Goroka


Donald Gumbis is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Policy and Planning) at the University of Goroka. He has a Masters in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, and Masters in Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of Goroka.  
Stephanie Copus-Campbell - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Stephanie Copus-Campbell

Oil Search Foundation


Stephanie Copus-Campbell has worked in the field of philanthropy, aid and international development since 1993. She is currently an Executive Director on the Board of the Oil Search Foundation focusing on health, education and women’s empowerment programs in Papua New Guinea. Her experience includes Executive Director of the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Principal Executive for International Programs for CARE Australia, lecturer at Deakin University and international humanitarian coordinator for Australian Red Cross, Western Australia. From 2009- 2011, Stephanie was the head of Australia’s $500 million aid program with Papua New Guinea. She was also posted to Suva, Fiji, as head of Australia’s aid program with Fiji and the Pacific region and has had previous postings to PNG. She is currently the Chair of the Southern Highlands Provincial Health Authority Board in PNG and a director on the Boards of the Harold Mitchell Foundation and Femili PNG, and on the Governance Steering Committee for Bel isi PNG, which is a public private partnership to address family and sexual violence. Stephanie holds an MPHIL degree from Cambridge University in international relations and a Bachelor degree from University of California in political science, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Stephanie is married to General Angus Campbell and has two children.
Maggie Moi-He - Advisory Member - Lowy Institute AUSPNG

Maggie Moi-He

Department of Foreign Affairs, Papua New Guinea


Magdalene (Maggie) Moi-He is the Director General, Bilateral Division with the Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs. Currently based in Port Moresby, she is a career diplomat with international service most recently as Consul-General in Brisbane, Australia from 2013-2017. She has also served as Director of Trade Negotiations. Ms Moi-He has a Masters in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Papua New Guinea.