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TIPNG Board of Directors

Transparency International PNG is governed by 15 directors. The directors volunteer their time and resources to attend board meetings, participate in TIPNG events and outreach activities, and are committed to the organization’s vision to see a country where government, politics, businesses and individual citizens operate within the rule of law and are free from corruption.

Lawrence Stephens - Chairman 

Lawrence Stephens has worked in government, business, faith based and non government organizations in PNG since 1976. His interests include sustainable community, organisational and social development, social and political advocacy, public and NGO governance, management and team leadership. He served as a member of the PNG Industries Assistance Board and the Minimum Wages Board (2000). Current board member of Dove Travel, Rural Airstrip Agency, Word Publishing, Finance Board Catholic Bishops Conference, Finance Committee Archdiocese of Mt Hagen. Graduate BA Australian National University with extensive experience in most provinces of PNG. Mr Stephens has served as the Chairman since 2011, prior to that he also served as secretary on the TIPNG Board.

First elected: 2005, Positions held: Chairman (2010 -present), Secretary, Register of Interest

 

 Valentina Kaman - Secretary

Valentina Kaman has background in legal background in Oil and Gas. She has worked in the Petroleum sector for more than 14 years since 2002. Starting out as University Student paralegal with the Department of Petroleum, Legal and Policy Branch and worked her way up to be the Principle Legal Office in the Department. She played a significant role as part of the State Benefit Sharing leadership team and theyoungest and only female team lead to deliver the License Based Sharing Agreement for Gobe Project for the PNGLNG Project. In 2015, she joined the TIPNG board as a director.

In 2010, she joined ExxonMobil as a government relations advisor and subsequently moved into her current role as Corporate Community Investment Lead.

She is an executive and current Vice President of the Business Professional Women’s Club and registered member with the PNG Law Society. She is an avid advocate for leadership initiatives and promotion of small medium enterprises to harness economic growth.

(To be updated). First elected: 2015, Register of Interest

Michelle Hau'ofa  - Treasurer

Michelle Hau’ofa has a private sector background with over 20 years of experience in owning and operating family businesses in retail, business development and property development & management. Michelle is on the Board of the Directors of the Tribal Foundation.  She has worked as Senior Research Officer and Personal Assistant to Dame Carol Kidu and as Project Manager for the Business Against Corruption Alliance.

First elected: 2013, Register of Interest

 

Peter Aitsi, MBE  - Board Director

Peter Aitsi currently holds the position of Country Manager PNG for Newcrest Mining Ltd, having joined the company in 2011. He has extensive private sector experience at senior levels and these skills are further strengthened by his long term and ongoing involvement with important community organisations such as Transparency International PNG, Media Council of PNG, City Mission PNG, Badili Club, and Leadership PNG. In 2008 was awarded a MBE for services to the PNG Media Industry.
He serves as the resident director of various Newcrest PNG entities and is on the Board of Steamships Trading Ltd, PNGFM Ltd, CPL Group, Kumul Consolidated Holdings and is Senior Vice President of the PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum.

First elected: 1999, Positions held: Chaiman (2008 - 2010) Register of Interests

Michael McWalter, OL - Board Director

Michael McWalter is a specialist in petroleum industry regulation, administration, and institutional development with over 36 years’ experience of the oil and gas industry, predominantly in the Ministries and Agencies of newly-emerging oil and gas producing nations. 

He first  came to PNG in 1976 as a VSO when he taught at Catholic Mission Fatima. After working on many petroleum exploration wells in PNG in the 1980s, he joined the Geological Survey of PNG in 1987 rising to the position of Chief Petroleum Geologist. He subsequently became Director of the Petroleum Division in the Dept. of Mining and Petroleum until 1997 and later Adviser to the Dept. of Petroleum and Energy until 2006 under World Bank funding. 

Up to 2014, he was a part-time adviser to the Dept. of Petroleum and Energy and has undertaken frequent assignments for various development agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID, which have taken him in recent years to Uganda, South Sudan, Ghana, Liberia Cambodia, Seychelles, Turkmenistan and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe. 

As well as being a Director of TI-PNG, he is Vice-President of the Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources, Treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Regional Council of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a lay member of the Finance Board of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands.

He is an advocate of good governance in the petroleum industry though the establishment of sound institutional management and administration of the sector.

First elected: 2004, Register of Interest

Fr John Glynn, OL - Board Director

Born in Ireland in 1936. Attended Castleknock College, Dublin, and University College, Cork. No degree. Various jobs in England and migrated to Australia in 1961.

Came to PNG as a teacher in 1963 and taught in Primary and High Schools in New Ireland.

After studies in Australia was ordained a Catholic Priest in 1980 and served in New Ireland and Manus. Retired in 2000 and moved to Port Moresby. Taught at Pom Grammar and then as Teacher, Chaplain and Counsellor at Jubilee up to the present.

Fr John is the Founder and Patron of the Youth Against Corruption Association (YAC) and of the Foundation for Women and Children at Risk (WeCARe!). He serves on the Board of TI and of the Digicel Foundation and assist in the Catholic Parish of the Sacred Heart at Hohola.  

First elected: 2002, Register of Interest

 

Brian Alois -  Board Director 

Brian Alois is currently the Regional Works Manager (Northern) with the Department of Works office in Lae, Morobe Province. He has over 20 years work experience in the Construction/Maintenance of Roads & Bridges and has served in 11 provinces, including the Head Office in the National Capital District.

Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s in Business Administration. He is presently a Board Director of both the Institute of Engineers PNG and the Professional Engineers Registration Board since 2008 and is also a member of the Civil Engineering Board of Studies at the PNG University of Technology. As part of his personal commitment to his community he co-founded the Angau Angels Foundation and is currently a Board Director with the Angau Memorial Hospital.

First elected: 2014, Register of Interest

Dagia Aka - Board Director

Dagia is TIPNG's youngest board director. Dagia is a Youth advocate with over five years experience working with young people. He has worked with youth organizations include the Youth Against Corruption Association (YACA), Lasallian Youth Ministry ANZPPNG and The Voice Inc (Clean Generation Campaign). Dagia's highest level of education at this point in time is graduating from Jubilee Catholic Secondary School. Voluntary Positions/Titles: Social Media Coordinator YACA and Social Media Coordinator Pacific Youth Forum Against Corruption. 

First elected: 2016

Mayambo Peipul

(To be updated) First Elected: 2016, Register of Interest

John Ipidari

John works with Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) as Manager – Project Coordination and is responsible for supervising 8 Project Coordinators for Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) 8 operating mines. MRA regulates mining industry in PNG and John provides advice, facilitates, coordinates and implements project development agreements to promote harmonious, equitable and sustainable relationship between the State and other stakeholders of mining projects.  John has 8 years work experience in Mining and 5 years in Petroleum industry. John is also the Acting Chairman and Deputy Chairman and HR Committee Chairman of National Aids Council, Committee member of PNG government’s Tax Credit Scheme and also Committee Member of Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) and Member on Porgera Environment Advisory Committee (PEAK) and Chairman of Angore Oil & Limited Umbrella Landowner Company for PDL 08, Angore Gas Field. John holds a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management) - Central Queensland University, Australia and Diploma Business Studies (Accounting) - Divine Word University, PNG. He is currently doing online studies with University of Queensland and will graduate at the end of 2016 with a Responsible Resources Development Degree. John has worked with Air Niugini and Oil Search Limited. 

First Elected: 2016, Register of Interest

Paul Barker

Paul Barker, from the UK, came to Papua New Guinea in January 1978 and was based in the Highlands for five years with the Primary Industry Department. He headed the economics, marketing and statistics Branch of the Primary Industry Dept until 1988, when appointed special economic sector adviser in the Prime Minister’s Dept., a post filled until mid-2004. He was technical adviser with the European Delegation in the Solomon Islands until January 2006, and then appointed Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs, an independent policy think tank based in Port Moresby, which addresses a wide range of economic and social issues affecting the country (and manages CIMC, which facilitates government-private sector and civil society dialogue in PNG). He has been a director and chaired various State and civil society organisations in PNG, including National Cultural Commission, Higher Education Board, Research and Conservation Foundation and Business Council of PNG

First elected: 2015, Register of Interest

Richard Kassman, OBE

(To be updated) Founding director 1997, Register of Interest

Ian Short, sbStj

Ian has vast experience living and working in PNG since 1964. He was involved in mainly private enterprise operations but there was a three year involvement in 1986 with, now, PNG Power Limited. Ian has many years involvement on a voluntary basis with PNG Scout Association and then both PNG Red Cross and St John Ambulance PNG. Ian first became involved with TIPNG in 2003.

First elected: 2016, Register of Interest

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