Chief Executive Officer: Dr Genevieve Nelson
Genevieve is one of KTF’s founding directors and has been CEO since 2009. Genevieve holds a Doctorate in Cross-cultural and Educational Psychology from the Western Sydney University and is an expert in education in PNG. She also has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology (Honours). Genevieve is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Australian Catholic University and has published extensively and presented at national and international conferences. Genevieve was the recipient of the 2016 Western Sydney University Chancellor’s Alumni Leadership Award. Genevieve was also a finalist in the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Awards, 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards and named one of the top 100 Women of Influence by Westpac and Australian Financial Review in 2013. Genevieve has walked the Kokoda Track 19 times.
Operations & Programs Manager: Mike Nelson
Mike joined KTF in 2014 as Operations Manager. From filmmaking and television to event management and more recently organisational development and leadership in the professional services sector, Mike brings diverse experience and a passion for international development to KTF. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from the University of Wollongong with a double major in Marketing and Event Management and has had extensive experience in monitoring KTF programs in a volunteer capacity. Mike manages our leadership and livelihood programs and is our resident event manager and filmmaker.
Kokoda College Manager: Petra Arifeae
Since joining in 2011, Petra has been responsible for the evolution of our programs across PNG. With over 18 years experience in the PNG education system, Petra has held roles including Schools Advisor with the International Education Agency, School Principal of Rabaul International School, and Deputy Principal of Gordon International School. She is a qualified trainer and assessor and has extensive experience in teacher induction, training and professional development programs. Petra has a Bachelor Degree in Education, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, and a Cert IV in Training and Assessment. Petra is from Oro Province in PNG
Projects & Administration Officer: Caitlin Quinn
Caitlin joined KTF in February 2016 as our Projects & Administration Officer. Originally from Washington, DC, Caitlin brings several years of experience in project operations and administrative management across the government, non-profit, and academic sectors. Caitlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from the University of Sydney. In 2009-2010, Caitlin lived in Tanzania, where she taught at a high school and worked at a foster home for local orphaned children. Her time in Tanzania inspired her to work in the areas of international development and humanitarian aid. Caitlin is very passionate about the work KTF is doing in Papua New Guinea, and she can’t wait for her first trek!
Light Up PNG Project Officer: Richard Favave
Richard is currently working out of KTF’s Port Moresby office as the Light Up PNG Project Officer. One of the original participants in our Archer Leadership Program, he graduated from Pacific Adventist University in 2011, majoring in accounting and information technology program. In 2015, Richard won the Australian Awards Scholarship program and went to University of Canberra to complete his masters in education studies, with specific work in curriculum policies and learning development. He is proud to be giving back and working with KTF again, and looks forward to contributing to the betterment of Papua New Guinea in any way he can.
Fundraising and Communications Coordinator: Tess Gizoria
Tess is KTF’s Fundraising & Communications Coordinator based in Port Moresby, PNG. She is a passionate advocate for progressive development in Papua New Guinea. Her post-formative experiences as well as exposure to rural and semi-urban communities in PNG have added to her resolve to do some good for positive change in her community and country. Hailing from West Sepik Province, she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Papua New Guinea and later went on to work in the PNG public service. She has since felt the need for a much more radical and innovative approach to addressing development issues in local communities and sees the opportunity to work with KTF as the start of this journey. Tess is a graduate of the Archer Leaders Program and is also the founder and CEO of start-up NGO, UniMums.
Projects Coordinator: Sebangaz Siming
Seba, who joined KTF in June 2016, was born and raised in Madang Province. After successfully completing secondary school and graduating with merits, she moved to Port Moresby to study for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (Banking & Finance) at the University of Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Seba is passionate about contributing to sustainable development initiatives in PNG. She has worked with The Voice Inc, a youth development organisation in PNG and Oaktree Australia. Seba aspires to be a person of value and not just success and wants to add value an organisation, a community and PNG as a nation. She feels that working with KTF sets her on that path to contribute to her country and people. Purposeful living is what it is about for Seba.
Project Officer: Grayson Kaumi
Grayson is from Sanananda, on the Northern Beaches of Oro Province. He completed Grade 12 at Popondetta Secondary School and did a foundation year of Architecture and Building at Unitech. Grayson oversees our program activities and is proudest and happiest when he is achieving joint community and KTF goals.
Logistics Officer: Saii Faole
Saii joined KTF in 2012 and is based in our Port Moresby office. Previously, Saii was the Director of Brigade Hill Mission Tours, and thus knows the Track inside out and has a great understanding of the needs of local communities. Saii is responsible for the logistical support to all of our programs. Saii is also a Manari community leader.
Infrastructure Officer: Theo Laimo
Theo’s skills are invaluable. He studied at Hohola Demonstration Vocational Centre to become a carpenter and then ran his own carpentry business supplying private houses, church buildings, schools and other community infrastructure. Theo joined KTF in 2013
Infrastructure Officer: Joe Inoro
Joe provides an irreplaceable skill set for KTF’s infrastructure developments. Originally from Doe in Central Province, Joe has previous experience in NGO’s across Central and Oro Province and joined KTF in 2013. Together with Theo, they are a formidable construction team.