We are delighted to welcome our second Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Fellow, Kasek Galgal.

Kasek Galgal

The Lowy Institute’s Melanesia Program hosts the Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, an initiative to expand people-to-people links between younger Papua New Guineans and Australians, and the Australia-Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Dialogue, an annual forum bringing together a select group of the next generation of leaders from each country to discuss priority national issues.

As an expansion on this, the Papua New Guinea Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program was launched this year with the support of GE. We are delighted to welcome our second Fellow, Kasek Galgal, who will be joining us at the Institute from 21 November to 17 December.

Kasek is currently an academic with the University of Papua New Guinea’s Physics Department. He previously worked in web development, writing, and as an online media consultant in both the private and public sector. After completing his undergraduate degree in Physics, Kasek focused his postgraduate research on the rapid processing of data, and the availability of information in organisational decision making. Kasek is currently pursuing a Masters in Contemporary Diplomacy with the DiploFoundation and the University of Malta, specialising in Internet Governance.

Kasek also serves as a board member of the Pacific Islands Chapter of the Internet Society (PICISOC), a non-profit focused on the betterment of society through access to information and the Internet. A fellow to the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and an ISOC Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum, Kasek aims to promote the importance of the Internet and access to information as a key resource in advancing PNG and the Pacific Islands’ development goals. This is the area he will be researching during his Fellowship with the Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute. Specifically, he will be looking at the impact of ICT and the Internet on development in PNG, and how certain policies within the space can promote sustainable development in all sectors.

He aims to gain valuable experience in international policy research and development, as well as make new connections with the growing Aus-PNG Network. Kasek was pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in the 2016 GE Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue, and meet the impressive young men and women from both countries who attended. He is looking forward to the Fellowship and contributing to the Aus-PNG Network.

Kasek Galgal (second from the left) at the 2016 GE Aus-PNG Emerging Leaders Dialogue. Photograph: Paul Harris, Seesaw Photography.

If you’d like to know more about the program, or the Institute’s work with Papua New Guinea, please contact auspngnetwork@lowyinstitute.org.

The Institute is very grateful to GE and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support for Kasek’s Fellowship placement.

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Anna Kirk - Project Director, Aus-PNG Network - Lowy Institute

Anna Kirk

Project Director, Aus-PNG Network

Anna Kirk was Research Fellow and Project Director of the Aus-PNG Network at the Lowy Institute, where her work focused on Australia’s relations with Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Anna holds a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Queensland, with majors in Peace and Conflict Studies and Spanish. Anna grew up in Port Vila, Vanuatu. During her undergraduate degree she spent a semester studying Spanish language at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In 2013, Anna spent six months teaching English in Santiago, Chile.