Board and Staff

  • Lady Winifred Kamit. CBE

    Lady Winifred Kamit
    Lady Winifred Kamit
    Founding Chairperson

    A lawyer, Winifred has practiced with law firm Gadens since November of 1988. She was admitted to the partnership in 1993 and promoted to managing partner in 1999. She is presently the senior partner in a corporate advisory role

    Winifred is a non executive director on a number of companies including; Steamships Trading Company and Newcrest Mining Limited both of which are dual listed on the Port Moresby Stock Exchange and the Australian Stock Exchange; the ANZ Banking Group (PNG) Limited and Post Courier Limited. She is also a Council member on the Institute of National Affairs and a Director of Anglicare PNG In.

    She had previously served as a director of New Britain Palm Oil and Lihir Gold Limited, President of the Papua New Guinea Business Council and President of the PNG Institute Of Directors.

    In June 2006, Winifred was awarded the Commander of the British Empire medal by Her Majesty the Queen for service to law, commerce and public administration. Winifred is a Fellow of the PNG Institute of Company Directors, a member of the PNG Law Society and Patron of the Business Coalition For Women.

  • Mrs Miran Ai

    Mrs Miran Ai
    Mrs Miran Ai
    Vice Chairperson

    Mrs Miran Ai is a vice chairperson for Coalition for Change PNG, May 2015. She is a practising lawyer by profession and currently a partner with Posman Kua Aisi Lawyers and. Mrs Ai is a member of the PNG Law Society and a council member of the Scripture Union PNG Inc. She has other short professional training in management and finance.

    Miran has over 18 years of practise as a court room lawyer in general litigation in the District, National & Supreme Courts. Her experience in other legal matters ranges from general advising, conveyancing, commercial contracts, wills & probate work etc. Her work on advice with family matters includes custody, adoption, domestic violence, IPO & PO and divorce petitions.
    She has worked as a lawyer with various law firms in the course of her career. Miran is currently working towards her Accredited Mediator’s Certificate.



  • Susil Nelson-Kongoi

    Susil Nelson-Kongoi
    Honourary Treasurer

    Susil has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with a major in Management Information Systems from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.  She 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.  Susil 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.

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




  • Lasada Mamae

    Ms Lasada Mamae
    Ms Lasada Mamae
    Honourary Secretary

    Ms Mamae joined the CFC, and was appointed to the Board as Secretary in June 2011 an since then has held the position to date. 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.




  • Dr Cecilia Nembou

    Dr Cecilia Nembou
    Board Member

    Dr Cecilia Nembou is the President of Divine University and Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Management. She is based in Port Moresby and supervises the leadership and management functions of the DWU Port Moresby campus as well as the rest of DWU across 5 campuses.

    She is a mathematician by training and holds a PhD in Operations Research from the University of New South Wales (1992). She has held various academic and senior management positions at the University of PNG, PNG Banking Corporation, University of Wollongong in Dubai and Divine Word University over a period spanning 40 years.

    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.
    She is a former Head of Mathematics Department, Executive Dean of the School of Natural and Physical Sciences, Pro Vice Chancellor Planning and Development and Acting Vice Chancellor at UPNG; Academic Registrar and Senior Lecturer at the University of Wollongong in Dubai and Deputy President of the Divine Word University. She commenced her new role as DWU President on 20 January 2016.


  • Mrs Fiu Williame-Igara

    Mrs Fiu Williame-Igara
    Board Member

    Mrs Fiu Fesaitu Williame-Igara– a Director on the Board of Coalition for Change, PNG – Board member since 2007. CFC PNG is committed to the elimination of violence in the family and instrumental in the development and successful enactment of the Family Protection Act 2013 which criminalises domestic violence.

    She was the first professional female employee at the South Pacific Bureau for Economic Co-operation (now the South Pacific Forum Secretariat) based in Fiji. She has also worked for over 15 years as a public servant in various senior management roles in key central agencies of the PNG Government. From 2007 continued to support the PNG Government agencies in various long and short advisory roles supported by the Australian Government and executed by Coffey International under the PNG/Australia Economic and Public Sector (EPS) and Provincial & Local-level Government (PLG) Programs. Substantial knowledge and experience in public sector social, economic, financial/budgetary policy and operational issues.

    She is currently managing a 17 room family owned Lodge in Alotau, Milne Bay Province and provides consultancy services from time to time to the public and private sectors. She has held a previous role as an independent non-executive director of a mining resource company; is a Councillor of the PNG University of Natural Resources & Environment; and is a member of the PNG Institute of Directors, Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and the Alotau Chamber of Commerce.
    Mrs Williame-Igara has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of South Pacific and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Sydney.

  • Rosa Manoa-Maitava

    Rosa Manoa-Maitava
    Rosa Manoa-Maitava
    Board Member

    Rosa Manoa-Maitava is a Director on the Board of Coalition for Change PNG since 2014.

    Her background is in Arts and Tourism, HRM, Management and Education.  She was educated at the University of the South Pacific and has worked in various industries in the Pacific from secondary and tertiary education, managing resorts, working in ILO projects in Fiji and PNG and the tourism industry in PNG.

    Rosa is a member of other civil society groups in Port Moresby; Soroptomist International Port Moresby and Business Professional Women.  She is currently the Administration Manager at the New Zealand High Commission, Port Moresby.