Lady Winifred Kamit, CBE

Lady Winifred Kamit. CBE
Founding Chairperson

Lady Kamit is currently Senior Partner at Gadens Lawyers in Port Moresby. She is also a non-executive director on the boards of Newcrest Mining Limited, Steamships Trading Company Limited, South Pacific Post Limited and related subsidiaries, Bunowen Services Limited and Kamchild Limited.  She was a former director of Lihir Gold Limited.  Lady Kamit is also Councilor of the Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs and board member of Anglicare PNG Inc.

She has in the past also served as President of Papua New Guinea Institute of Directors, President of the Business Council of PNG and Registrar of the Anglican Change of Papua New Guinea

Lady Kamit has held senior positions in the PNG Public Service, including a three-year term as Commissioner of the Public Services Commission.

Dr Cecelia Nembou

Dr Cecilia Nembou
Vice Chairperson

Dr Cecilia Nembou is an Associate Professor of Management and Vice President of Divine Word University responsible for the development of the Port Moresby Campus. She is a Mathematician by training and has held various academic and senior managerial positions at the University of PNG, PNG Banking Corporation, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Divine Word University over a period spanning 30 years.

She has attended various professional and personal development short courses including corporate governance, strategic planning and management, quality assurance, customer service management, and marketing management.

Dr Nembou has served on various committees and Councils of Universities as well as on Boards of State Statutory organizations, and Boards of commercial and non-government organizations.

Susil Nelson

Ms Susil Nelson
Honorary Treasurer

Ms. Nelson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with a major in Management Information Systems from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  Ms. Nelson has over 10 years professional experience working as an accountant and in management roles and currently holds a senior management position with PNG Sustainable Development Program as Manager, Corporate Governance.  Previously, she worked as a senior external auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers Port Moresby.  Ms. Nelson is a registered accountant with the Certified Practicing Accountants Institute of PNG (CPA PNG) and a member of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Directors (PNGID).  She is also President of the Business & Professional Women’s Association of PNG. 

Ms Nelson currently holds the position of Honorary Treasurer on the Board of Coalition For Change (CFC PNG)

Ms Lasada Mamae

Ms Lasada Mamae
Board Secretary

Ms Mamae joined the CFC, and was appointed to the Board as Secretary in June 2011.

She has an interest in inspiring other young women and men in the Private Sector to become involved in community affairs within Papua New Guinea.

Lasada has had an eight year career with Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (PNG) Ltd which has included short term assignments in Australia & Fiji. She has held various roles in retail banking, operations and projects and currently overseas property programs in Papua New Guinea as a Project Manager.

She has also played an active role for ANZ in the Corporate Responsibility (CR) arena in 2011, as a key member of the pilot CR programme for ANZ in the Asia Pacific region.

Lasada was educated in PNG and Australia and enjoys travel, theatre, food and music.

Mrs Fiu Williame-Igara

Mrs Fiu Williame-Igara

Ms Williame-Igara is currently part of the PNG Advisory Support Facility where she is attached to the Department of the Prime Ministers and NEC as an PSR Advisor. She also serves as a non executive director of Highlands Pacific . She has extensive experience at policy level in economic development issues, with a comprehensive understanding of domestic, regional and international economic, financial, political, sociocultural and gender issues. Currently, she provides consultancy services to the public and private sectors. Previously, Ms Williame-Igara has managed a private enterprise, achieved First Assistant Secretary level in the PNG Department of Finance and Planning, and worked as a Regional Coordination Advisor for the South Pacific Forum Secretarial.

Ms Williame-Igara has a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of South Pacific and Masters in Public Policy at the University of Sydney.


Ms Patricia Taureka

Ms Patricia Taureka

Ms Taureka has over 19 years legal experience and is currently Manager Legal & Compliance and Company Secretary of Nambawan Super Limited.

She is a former Director of Papua New Guinea Institute of Company Directors and is an active member of the New Ireland Forum for Development Inc., a civil society group. She previously served as an Executive of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce.

Ms Karen Mitchell

Ms Karen Mitchell 

Ms Mitchell arrived in PNG in 1983 and has worked in education and training for the past 22 years, as head of the Ela Beach Site in 2002-2003, then as Principal of Port Moresby Grammar School from 2004-2006.

Her areas of expertise include workplace training and adult education, early childhood and special education.

She currently works for the PNG-Australia HIV & AIDS Program.

Ms Mitchell has co-facilitated the course about raising awareness about domestic violence called “Rethinking Domestic Violence.” She is a great supporter of the BAHA Innovation in Education Awards Program, promoting HIV awareness and life skills programs in schools.

Ms Serah Kias

Ms Serah Kias
Assistant to Executive Manager

Ms. Kias is an Environmental Journalist by Profession.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Media and Public Relations at the University of PNG in 2010.

She did her six (6) months internship program with the Media Council of PNG (MCPNG) which granted her a position of a Support Program officer which she was involved in organizing and coordinating major events and activities for media organizations throughout the country. She has also worked with NBC (National Radio & Kundu2) and the Law and Justice Sector (LJSS) of Papua New Guinea.