Leading law firms to offer young PNG leaders an opportunity of a lifetime

Four of Australia’s leading law firms will participate in KTF’s Archer Leadership Scholarship Program. Ashurst Australia, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Gadens and De Brennan Tomlinson Pearce Lawyers have all confirmed their involvement and will each be hosting a student from Papua New Guinea (PNG) for a work experience placement when they are in Sydney this month. It is the first time that many of the law firms will be involved in this program.

CEO of KTF, Dr Genevieve Nelson, says: “To have the support of these organistions will strengthen this program even further. These students are in their final year of university, before graduating with a law degree next year. Work experience at a leading law firm in Australia will be of incredible value to them.”

KTF’s Archer Leadership Scholarships Program identifies promising PNG leaders and improves their leadership knowledge, development and capacity. The program develops attitudes, concepts, connections, and the confidence needed to stand tall and lead change in Papua New Guinea.

“This program is aimed at finding and fostering the future leaders of PNG. These students have all shown great potential, and to have them engage with Australia’s corporate world will allow for further development and growth,” Dr Nelson added.

Thanks to Perpetual Trustees, KTF is bringing six young Papua New Guinean students in total to Australia for a leadership exchange program. The group will spend two weeks in Sydney and Canberra. They will participate in a range of activities including leadership skills workshops and meeting high profile business, community and government leaders. They will also be exploring a range of social, political and community issues that require strong leadership.

The Archer Leadership Scholarships are generously funded by Perpetual Trustees.