Past Participants

These are some of the past participants of the diverse group of young and dynamic leaders from the two countries who join to discussion on topical and relevant issues.


Stefanie is an epidemiologist. Her current work focuses on routine childhood immunisations and health system strengthening. She previously led the COVID-19 surveillance team at WHO PNG and has lived and travelled extensively in PNG for the last two years.

Stefanie is passionate about building research skills and data analysis capacity to support evidence-based decision making and program implementation. She has a PhD in Public Health and a background in HIV prevention and sexual health.

Owen is a founder and Executive Director of CTE Australia and CTE PNG, a specialist electrical and mechanical engineering, training, and consultancy firm. CTE’s main objectives include supporting the PNG government’s target of electrifying 70% of the country by 2030 through expanding power and energy infrastructure, the development of renewable energy projects, and providing technical training programs to upskill the local workforce to an international standard.

Owen is a business professional with extensive strategic advisory, regulatory compliance, and project execution experience across a broad range of sectors in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and Malaysia. With over 15 years’ experience across oil and gas, mining and resources, and major energy infrastructure projects,

Owen has a long-standing relationship and love of PNG, beginning in the early 90’s when he moved to Tabubil, Western Province, with his family. He has a keen interest in strengthening and improving economic ties between Australia and PNG. He currently sits on the Australia- Papua New Guinea (APNG) Association Committee, which aims to develop trade between Australia and PNG.


Alyssa is a Research Officer at the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre under the ANU-UPNG Partnership. Alyssa provides research and analysis on Papua New Guinea’s economy, is a member of PNG’s Central Banking ActReview Secretariat and was seconded to the University of Papua New Guinea as project coordinator in 2022.

She was previously a Research Fellow and Economist at the Lowy Institute.

Clancy is an energetic community- builder, educator, and human resources professional with global experience in stakeholder engagement and socioeconomic mobility programs. He graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in 2014, specialising in anthropology and Spanish and Latin American Studies, and has since been fortunate enough to forge a career combining his love of travel with his quest for community impact.

Clancy has a deep appreciation for humanity’s diversity and places a premium on accountability to people and promises. Clancy’s time is spent between Australia and PNG, supporting the delivery of equity programs to marginalised communities. In his current role as a consultant, he oversees the program management of CareerTrackers PNG, a PNG-led non-profit social enterprise that leverages internships as a tool for human capital development. Clancy played a key role in establishing the program in country, connecting him irreversibly with PNG and the aspirations of its youth.

Manu (they/them) is an aspiring writer and community development practitioner who works as a Community Development Officer for Three For all Foundation. Three for All Foundation is a not-for-profit international development organisation working with LGBTQIA+ populations in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Asia, and in refugee camps of East Africa. In PNG, Manu leads projects on capacity development, working with key populations including LGBT groups. In Australia, Manu leads the Queer Refugee Asylum Seeker Program at Many Coloured Sky, chairs the Queer Refugee and Asylum Seeker ServicesNetwork, and sits on the Board for the Council to Homeless Persons Victoria. Manu is also a successful recipient of the Community Research Fellowship from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at Melbourne University, starting in 2023. Originally from Wewak in East Sepik Province of PNG, Manu worked in Tourism and Development in PNG, Bougainville, and Solomon Islands before moving to Australia.

Jack is the Founder and CEO of LiteHaus International, an Australian NGO which has provided 200,000 students in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region with digital learning tools and opportunities. An award-winning emerging philanthropist, Jack has been recognised as one of the top 20 social innovators under-35 in the Asia-Pacific region and was named as a Finalist in the 2022 Young Australian of the Year.

Sarah is an emergency nurse specialist based in Darwin. She has been supporting emergency care capacity development activities in PNG for the past four years. Most recently, Sarah acted on behalf of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) as project lead for the Emergency Care Capacity Development Remote Training and Support Model Project. The project is part of a Clinical Support Program facilitated by Johnstaff International Development on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This project resulted in the development and rollout of ‘Kumul Helt Skul’ – PNG’s first digital learning program for emergency care clinicians. Sarah holds a Master of Clinical Nursing with emergency specialisation and is currently completing a Master of Global Health at the University of Sydney.

She is passionate about systems strengthening and capacity building in global emergency care and was recently appointed co-chair of the Global Emergency Care Community of Practice through ACEM.

Matthew is a business leader, philanthropist, and storyteller. With a background in business operations, stakeholder engagement, management, and human resources, he is currently the Sales Manager for the world’s largest air services provider, dnata. His role during Covid-19 was to diversify the business into new positive revenue streams while the aviation industry came to a halt. In his spare time, he is President of the not-for-profit, Project Yumi Inc., which distributes educational and medical equipment across PNG, including delivering youth education programs.

Matthew holds a Master of Business Administration from QUT, where he was the youngest in his cohort to graduate. Matthew has a passion for giving back to his homeland and inspiring the next generation of leaders.

Anneliese is an early-career researcher from Southern Cross University, working as a gender equity and social inclusion advisor with Bees for Sustainable Livelihoods (B4SL). B4SL is an NGO supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) working throughout the Pacific region to improve the productivity, sustainability, and technical capacity of honeybee value chains in Papua New Guinea and Fiji.

She is currently conducting her PhD research on approaches to support the socio-economic empowerment of women beekeepers in the Pacific, targeting both the informal and formal structures which limit women’s capacity to benefit from their participation in beekeeping and agricultural development.

Clare is an Australian-Papua New Guinean women born and raised in Australia, with roots in Kairuku (Central Province), and Yule Island. Clare is currently employed at GrainCorp, which receives and stores grains and other commodities. For the 2022 summer gain harvest, Clare is working at the regional site, The Gums, in Queensland’s Western Downs. After harvest, Clare will relocate to Brisbane and resume her position as Assistant Site Manager at the Fisherman Island Terminal, Port of Brisbane.

Along with her agricultural pursuits, Clare represented Papua New Guinea in the 2020 National Women’s Rugby XVs squad, the Cassowaries. Clare also played in PNG’s National Women’s Rugby 7s squad, the Palais, in 2019 and nearly represented PNG’s Orchids at the 2022 Rugby League World Cup. Clare aims to reside in Brisbane to create more opportunities for PNG agricultural ambassadors and meaningfully contribute to Papua New Guinea’s agricultural development.

Methuselah is an economist currently working as the Investor Relations Manager for BSP Financial Group. He previously worked in investment management, financial services, and the oil and gas industry.

Methuselah hopes to contribute to the modernisation of PNG’s economy, including shaping an equitable economic growth pathway. He is passionate about volunteering, with experience at Transparency International PNG, The Voice Inc., the Kokoda Track Foundation, and the Young Professionals Network. These organisations have helped Methuselah develop advocacy skills and an awareness of PNG’s issues and its place among PNG’s Pacific neighbours.

Luania Temu is the General Manager of Savitec Limited, a PNG-owned and operated company involved in the print technology, networking, andcommunications sectors. She is the only female General Manager in the industry and has led the company to achieve Elite Dealer status for Ricoh Global. This achievement is the highest attainable level for any dealer worldwide and the first of its kind for PNG and the company.

Luania is also an entrepreneur and no stranger to the fashion retail industry, with experience also as a business development adviser and consultant. She also sitson the steering committee for the PNG Business Advocacy Network and has represented the country at several global events to push forward thewomen's agenda.

Luania is passionate about capacity building initiatives that upskill and mentor young Papua New Guineans and is a proud partner to the Royal Constabulary Family Sexual Violence Units (FSVU) teams inPort Moresby and Central Province. A frequent donor to charities, schools, community youth projects and churches, Luania is a firm believer in social philanthropy.

Moses is a researcher and tutor at the University of Papua New Guinea’s (UPNG) School of Business and Public Policy. He has published widely on PNG’s issues including human rights, capital punishment, higher education programs, and mobile data prices, on The Interpreter (Lowy Institute), DevPolicy Blog (Australian National University), and Eleos Justice (Monash University). Moses’ articles have been republished and featured in PNG’s three major newspapers, PNG Report Magazine, and Fiji Times, and he has presented at conferences such asUPNG’s and ANU’s PNG Update. Moses spoke at the 8th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, Berlin, Germany, November 15-18, 2022.

He holds a degree in Public Policy Management (UPNG) and completed a Master of Economics and Public Policy (UPNG) under a scholarship from the Development Policy Centre, ANU.

Serah currently works at FHI 360, a non-profit organisation striving to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Papua New Guinea.

As Program Manager for USAID and Global Fund projects, Serah is helping to strengthen health information systems related to Covid-19 across 16 provinces. In another project, Serah is working on a Diagnostic Network Optimisation (NDO) exercise, which seeks to use national health data and geospatial modelling to inform a national health plan. Prior to this, she worked as an environmental scientist in PNG’s oil, gas, and drilling exploration industry.

Serah is passionate about her role with Eco Services Ltd (ESL) in which she serves as the HR chair and sits on the governance board. ESL is a nationally owned and operated social enterprise that trains young Papua New Guineans to work and gain relevant industry skills and technical experience.

Laurelle is a technical consultant for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and is currently working in Arawa to help shape post-referendum Bougainville. 

Laurelle is Chairlady for the Central Bougainville Tourism Association, which aims to prepare short-medium term industries for a long-term economic future. She is proprietor of Uruna Bay Retreat on Pokpok Island, Bougainville, established as a neutral platform for the Government of PNG and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to host consultative meetings. Laurelle has over seven years’ experience in policy divisions of the PNG Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Thierry is a political journalist working for the Post-Courier newspaper, a major PNG broadsheet. He has had the unique privilege of covering andreporting on a range of PNG’s national challenges and achievements over the past two years. Being a political journalist, Thierry has a broad knowledge and understanding of the country’s political landscape, government agenda, and the political struggles playing a key role in PNG’s development.

Nelson is the founder and director of Art Activism PNG, a movement aiming to educate and provide awareness through art.

Art Activism PNG provides a platform for thought-provoking conversations about pressing issues and topics restricted by cultural values, societal norms, and other belief systems in Papua New Guinea. Recognised as a Clean Generation Ambassador, Nelson worked with prominent youth NGO, The Voice Inc., to help young people reach their potential and equip them with the tools needed to positively impact their own lives and communities.

Jean has been a Migration Officer at the PNG Immigration & Citizenship Authority for just over a decade, primarily in the Enforcement and Compliance space.

The highlight of Jean’s career was the appointment to a newly created Intelligence Analysis Branch six years ago. Starting with no experience in intelligence analysis, Jean made use of available resources and training opportunities, combined with her passion and zeal, to confidently enforce various instruments of migration legislation in the regulation of entry and stay of non-citizens in PNG. She meaningfully contributed to the communal protection of PNG’s borders and sovereignty with partner agencies. In June 2022, Jean started a Combined Studies in Masters of Intelligence and Master of Security and Strategic Studies at Sydney’s Macquarie University, under an Australia Awards scholarship.

Zohra is a professional social worker specialising in safeguarding. In 2014, she founded the home-grown civil society organisation Pikinini Watch PNG and continues to partner with the UNICEF Spotlight Initiative to champion positive parenting in Port Moresby’s urban communities.

Zohra has supported numerous Government of Papua New Guinea departments and agencies, mainline churches, faith- based organisations, NGOs, sports associations, and research and training institutions through her work with Abt. Associates. Zohra now works on child development, positive parenting, and children’s online safety and is moving into the space of mental health. She is an advocate against all forms of violence against children. Zohra is a strong believer in social justice and Melanesian values. She is also a student at the University of Melbourne pursuing a Master of International Relations.

Ruben, from the Nipa-Kutubu District in PNG’s Southern Highlands Province, graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelor of Arts (social work and public policy).

He started his career as Foreign Service Officer with Papua New Guinea’s Department of Foreign Affairs. Over nine years, Ruben workedpredominantly in the Asia Branch, as Policy Officer responsible for PNG- China relations and PNG-Indonesia relations, including PNG’s engagement with the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

Senior Curator and Archaeologist

Chris Urwin is a museum curator and archaeologist with experience working in partnership with Indigenous communities in Australia and in Papua New Guinea. He is currently Senior Curator for the First Peoples Archaeology Collection at Museums Victoria, and conducts research with the PNG National Museum and Art Gallery and communities in the Gulf Province. Chris is passionate about cultural heritage management and interpretation. He feels that museums and heritage sites are important places around which PNG and Australia can exchange knowledge (e.g. by co-developing touring exhibitions, conducting bilateral research projects). These places will also be key locations for social and economic development in regional areas of the two countries.

Sport Development officer

Kieran Sciberras is a sports professional, currently working as Development Co-ordinator for AFL Cape York, and with experience in sports coaching, development and management in both PNG and Australia. He is the founder of his own not-for-profit sporting organisation, Titans Sport Performance, which aims to provide sports and talent development, personal development and education opportunities for youth from remote regions in PNG. Kieran studied degrees in Sports Science and Business at James Cook University in Townsville and Cairns, in addition to completing his Honours research in Port Moresby. He has dual PNG and Australian heritage and is keen to promote the role of sport in enhancing the relationship between PNG and Australia.

Project Officer

Majella Newie is a project officer with the Torres Strait Regional Authority based on Thursday Island, Queensland. She currently works in health promotion and cultural arts and heritage project areas, and has recently been involved in projects including seawall evaluation and upgrades. As a Torres Strait Islander living in the region, she is acutely aware of its role as the gateway between PNG and Australia, and is looking forward to discussing issues including traditional culture, cross-border connections and environmental challenges.

Senior Legal Counsel

Gertrue Tamade is an experienced lawyer currently working as Senior Legal Counsel with Barrick Niugini, which operates the Porgera Gold Mine. She holds a Masters in Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne and was recognised as the 2018 Alumni of the Year by the PNG-Australia Awards Association for her work producing an online dictionary and childrens book in her local language Taemi from Morobe province. Gertrude is a member of the PNG Law Society Council and in this capacity, she tries to address some of the issues in the legal profession that is affecting lawyers and find ways to meet some of the needs in the profession and assist the Council be relevant to its members. Gertrude is experienced also in the resources sector, including negotiations with landowner groups and representing her employer in Court cases and in the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI). Gertrude believes that the EITI brings value to the extractive industry on good governance and transparency initiatives as well as reviewing PNG’s regulatory space in the extractive sector.

Agricultural Scientist

Dr Deane Woruba is an agricultural scientist with experiences spanning across PNG and Australia. He has also worked in the policy development and implementation space. These experiences give Deane an extensive perspective on agriculture as a key pillar in PNG’s inclusive and dynamic future. Deane is also a keen amateur builder and volunteers to construct structures that improve remote and impoverished livelihoods.