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Participants

Sarah Carter - Manager, Australian Aid and Parliament Project - Save the Children - Lowy Institute

Sarah Carter

Manager, Australian Aid and Parliament Project - Save the Children

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Melbourne

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Urith Toa - PNG Rugby Football League - Lowy Institute

Urith Toa

PNG Rugby Football League

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Port Moresby

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Brenton Kanowski - Private Secretary to the Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea - Lowy Institute

Brenton Kanowski

Private Secretary to the Foreign Minister of Papua New Guinea

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Port Moresby

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Brenton Kanowski is the Private Secretary to the PNG Foreign Minister Hon Rimbink Pato. Brenton holds Bachelors degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Queensland, and undertook exchange studies in Germany. He is a Lieutenant in the Army Reserve and has experience as an intern in political offices in Australia and the EU Parliament. He is also an accomplished debater, public speaker and classical singer. Brenton is the third generation in his family with a connection to PNG: his mother grew up in Lae where her father was the founding principal of Balob Teachers College.


Kate Winney - Pacific Program Co-ordinator, Anglican Board of Mission - Lowy Institute

Kate Winney

Pacific Program Co-ordinator, Anglican Board of Mission

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Sydney

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Kate Winney is Pacific Program Co-ordinator with the Anglican Board of Mission, the international development arm of the Anglican Church in Australia. In this role she oversees and co-ordinates ABM’s work in PNG, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands in partnership with local Anglican organisations. She also served as the Australian Program Group Chair for the PNG Church Partnership Program in 2017-18. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and Culture Change from Macquarie University in Sydney.


Matthew Tickner - Senior Civil Designer and Project Manager - Lowy Institute

Matthew Tickner

Senior Civil Designer and Project Manager

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Cairns

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Matthew Tickner has over a decade of experience in the professional engineering industry as a Senior Civil Designer and Project Manager. His key field of expertise lies in high value development, infrastructure design and drainage strategy as well as project management. Matthew has extensive disaster relief experience gained while spending 2 years on the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team in Christchurch, New Zealand following the 2011 earthquakes. Matthew is also the Deputy Chair of the Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce.


Rhiannon Simcocks - Business and Economic Development Consultant and Chair, Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce - Lowy Institute

Rhiannon Simcocks

Business and Economic Development Consultant and Chair, Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Cairns

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Rhiannon Simcocks is a business and economic development professional with Kleinhardt Business Consultants based in Cairns. She is the Chair of the Cairns Young Chamber of Commerce and a management committee member of the Cairns Historical Society and Museum. She holds a Bachelor of Business (honours) in Law and Marketing, and has worked in law and in management in hospitality.


Cooper Schouten - Apiculture Development Specialist and PhD Candidate - Lowy Institute

Cooper Schouten

Apiculture Development Specialist and PhD Candidate

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Lismore

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Cooper Schouten is an Apicultural Development Professional, with experience working in PNG with development organisations to support projects in beekeeping and honey production. Cooper also coordinates research programs in PNG and Fiji with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science with Honours from Southern Cross University, where he is a casual academic and second year PhD candidate.


Nicholas Papas - Architect - Lowy Institute

Nicholas Papas

Architect

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Sydney

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Nicholas Papas is a full-time architect based in Sydney who has extensive experience with research, technical support and volunteering in Papua New Guinea. He is studying a postgraduate degree by research looking at sanitation in Barakau village in conjunction with the community development organisation Sago Network. In addition, Nicholas holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Architecture from the University of New South Wales.


Linh Do - Country Director Australia and the Pacific, The Climate Reality Project - Lowy Institute

Linh Do

Country Director Australia and the Pacific, The Climate Reality Project

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Melbourne

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Linh Do is the Country Director, Australia and the Pacific for The Climate Reality Project, an organisation founded by former US Vice President Al Gore to bring everyday citizens together to deal with climate change and to promote sustainable development. Linh is a social change advocate and is responsible for fundraising, facilitating leadership journeys for Climate Reality ambassadors and developing partnerships for the organisation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Studies from the University of Melbourne and has undertaken executive education programs in leadership at Harvard University.


Kiri Dicker - Gender and Development Specialist - Lowy Institute

Kiri Dicker

Gender and Development Specialist

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Brisbane

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Kiri Dicker is a community development worker and gender specialist who has spent the past 10 years living and working in the Pacific region. Kiri first came to PNG by herself in 2008, where she caught a PMV from Lae all the way to Kerowagi and was taken in a young family, who taught her about the realities of life in the rural highlands. Fast forward 10 years and she led a range of research and development projects in areas including labour mobility, violence against women, disaster management, sexual and reproductive health and women’s political participation. She holds a Masters in Community Development (Southern Cross University) and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Mainstreaming, Policy and Analysis (Flinders University).


Sam Davies - Security Manager, Australasia - International SOS and Control Risks - Lowy Institute

Sam Davies

Security Manager, Australasia - International SOS and Control Risks

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Australia

Current Location:
Sydney

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Sam Davies is the Australasia Security Manager for International SOS and Control Risks, and is responsible for overseeing operations for clients in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific including PNG. He works with clients in business, non-government organisations and the Australian government regarding security and contingency planning. Sam has previously worked in the humanitarian sector and he holds a Bachelor of International Relations from the Australian National University in Canberra and has also studied in the US and Jordan.


Bernard Yegiora - Lecturer, International Relations - Divine Word University - Lowy Institute

Bernard Yegiora

Lecturer, International Relations - Divine Word University

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Madang

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Bernard Yegiora is a lecturer in international relations at Divine Word University in Madang. He teaches courses like theories of international relations, international law in international relations, Foreign Policy analysis, PNG Foreign Policy, international and regional security including geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific. He has previously worked at the University of PNG and the National Research Institute. He brings a strong understanding of PNG’s international relations to the Dialogue and has written extensively for a number of years on China’s growing involvement in the Pacific region. He regularly writes at his blog The Yegiora Files. Bernard holds a Masters of International Politics from Jilin University, China and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Papua New Guinea.


Daphney Toke - Monitoring and Evaluation, Autonomous Bougainville Government - Lowy Institute

Daphney Toke

Monitoring and Evaluation, Autonomous Bougainville Government

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Buka

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Daphney Toke is the Monitoring and Evaluation officer with the directorate of Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination with the Autonomous Bougainville Government. In this role she works with colleagues to co-ordinate whole of government action on Departments’ corporate and strategic development plans, and ABG policies. Daphney graduated from Divine Word University with a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences in PNG Studies and International Relations.


Martin Yala Timothy - Secretariat Manager, Global Fund (PNG) - Lowy Institute

Martin Yala Timothy

Secretariat Manager, Global Fund (PNG)

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Port Moresby

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Martin Timothy is the Secretariat Manager with the Global Fund PNG based in Port Moresby. He supports the daily operations of the Fund office. He has previously worked with the US Embassy in Port Moresby, KPMG, Coffey International and the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Community Development at UPNG, and a Masters in Development Practice from the University of Queensland.


Michael Taia - Senior Officer Provincial Co-ordination and Product Development, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority - Lowy Institute

Michael Taia

Senior Officer Provincial Co-ordination and Product Development, PNG Tourism Promotion Authority

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Port Moresby

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Michael Taia is responsible for Provincial Coordination and Product Development with the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority. He has worked with the TPA since 2014 and has previously worked in a number of marketing and academic roles. He holds a Bachelor of Business and Management from the University of Papua New Guinea.


Thelma Sikalu - Child Protection Officer - Lowy Institute

Thelma Sikalu

Child Protection Officer

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:

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John Pong - Senior Advisor - Community Grievance Resolution, Newcrest Mining - Lowy Institute

John Pong

Senior Advisor - Community Grievance Resolution, Newcrest Mining

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Kavieng

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John Pong works for Newcrest Mining Limited. He is the Lead in Community Grievance Resolution at the company's Lihir operations. John holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Responsible Resource Development from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Development from the PNG University of Technology. John is fascinated by the interface between mining and host communities. Apart from one year working for MRL Capital, a Lihirian equity trust company, John has spent a 14-year career so far working in the mining industry - all on the Lihir gold project.


Sanja Pepae - Assistant Secretary, Department of National Planning PNG - Lowy Institute

Sanja Pepae

Assistant Secretary, Department of National Planning PNG

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Port Moresby

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Sanja Pepae is a postgraduate student at the Australian National University in Canberra. Prior to taking on studies for his Masters in International and Development Economics, he was Assistant Secretary at the Department of National Planning and Monitoring in Port Moresby. He will return to work with the Department in 2019. Sanja graduated with first class honours in his Bachelor of Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea. He was heavily involved in developing governance and institutional structures for PNG’s proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund, and has served as ex-officio board member on a number of PNG government agencies and authorities.


Tess Gizoria - Associate Program Manager, ABT Associates - Lowy Institute

Tess Gizoria

Associate Program Manager, ABT Associates

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Port Moresby

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Tess Gizoria is Associate Program Manager working with Abt Associates in delivering projects through Australia’s aid program. Her background in is science – she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and went on to work with the PNG Science and Technology Secretariat managing grants for research and development. She founded the community organisation UniMums Inc. to support young women in parenting and professional development, and continues to serve as the organisation's Executive Director. Tess is also the Youth Representative on the Central Provincial Government's Assembly.


Judy Andreas - Project Co-ordinator, Care International - Lowy Institute

Judy Andreas

Project Co-ordinator, Care International

ELD Year:
2018

Country:
Papua New Guinea

Current Location:
Goroka

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With a background in community development and agriculture, Judy Andreas is Project Manager of CARE International in PNG's Coffee Industry Support Project, based in Goroka. Her work with the project focuses on supporting women coffee farmers, and strengthening the services provided by coffee cooperatives and exporters to be more inclusive of and appropriate for women. She has extensive experience in gender equality programming, agriculture and community development. Prior to joining CARE in 2013, she worked as a freelance agriculture extension officer in Wewak specialising in cocoa production and coconut down streaming, in particular supporting cocoa farmers to access cocoa extension services and marketing opportunities. She is currently part of a two year research training program through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program and PNG Institute of Medical Research looking at the role of gender inclusiveness in coffee market standards and the role of women farmers in value chains. She has a Diploma in Tropical Agriculture from UNRE in Rabaul.