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 and the Institute of Managers & Leaders 2017 NSW Not-for-Profit Leadership Excellence 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. Genevieve has walked the Kokoda Track 20 times.
Chief Operating Officer: Mike Nelson
Mike joined KTF in 2014 and is our Chief Operating Officer. From filmmaking and television to event management, 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 was a finalist in the University of Wollongong’s 2016 Alumni Leadership Awards and has walked the Kokoda Track 12 times.
Programs Manager: Petra Arifeae
Since joining in 2011, Petra has been responsible for the evolution of our programs across PNG. Petra has recently overseen and implemented KTF’s Teach for Tomorrow project which has trained over 2,290 elementary teachers for 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 teacher 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.
Programs Advisor: Martha Bentley
Born in London, England but grew up in Kuwait, Sydney and England, Martha enjoyed living abroad and having an international education, discovering the diversity of schools from a young age. She trained in the UK with a Media and Performance BA (Hons) from University of Salford and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Leeds. Since 2004 Martha has taught in a range of educational environments including as Head of Department, within Behaviour Management and as Achievement Leader for transition from Elementary to Secondary school. In 2014 she moved to Singapore and taught at the Australian International School for three years. Martha has travelled to Papua New Guinea and volunteered since 2013, when her curiosity and enthusiasm for solutions to the remote access for education was ignited, which led to meeting KTF. Martha joined KTF as a volunteer in 2017 and as new our Programs Advisor in 2018.
Programs Advisor: Kate Donnellan
Kate joined KTF as a volunteer in 2015 and now works as Our Programs Advisor (Health). Kate has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Charles Sturt University in Wagga, NSW. Originally from Sydney, Kate volunteered in Costa Rica which inspired her to move into the International Development space. She is currently enrolled in a Masters Program in International Studies at Macquarie University. Kate walked the Kokoda Track for the first time in 2016 and has since visited KTF project sites in New Ireland and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Projects & Administration Coordinator: Caitlin Quinn
Caitlin joined KTF in February 2016 and is our Projects & Administration Coordinator. 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 completed her first Kokoda crossing in 2017!
Finance Officer: Julia Zhao
Julia is a qualified accountant and the finance officer of KTF. She spent most of her career in professional accounting practice, commercial accounting and not-for-profit sector before joining KTF. Julia is passionate about social justice and international development. She is very inspired by the work being carried out by KTF along the Kokoda track and beyond and proud to be part of the KTF team in making a difference to the development of the PNG people. Julia is an accomplished photographer and can’t wait to take a trip to PNG this year to visit our programs.
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.
Projects Coordinator (Livelihoods): Wilma Mavea
Wilma is a graduate from KTF’s Archer Leadership Program (2015) and joined the KTF team as Our Projects Coordinator (Livelihoods) in 2018. Wilma is from the Eastern Highlands Province in PNG but was born and raised in Port Moresby City. She is the first from her dad’s family clan to have graduated from university. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree and will soon obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Science from the University of Papua New Guinea. She has growing aspirations to one day see all kids in PNG have a fair chance of getting educated and empowered to make good decisions in life. Education is liberation to ones wildest wishes and dreams.
Projects Coordinator (Health): Saeve Teke
Saeve joined KTF as our Projects Coordinator (Health) in 2017 and is a former recipient of a KTF Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel Scholarship and Bisset Medal Award. A mix parentage from Central and Chimbu Province, Saeve now resides in Port Moresby. She graduated from Pacific Adventist University (PAU) with a Bachelors Degree in General Nursing . She served one year as an Assistant Dean at PAU whilst been a full time student before joining KTF. Saeve is passionate about serving communities with her health knowledge and utilising her skills to improve primary health care to people in areas where KTF operates.
Projects Coordinator: Sam Kaima
Sam Kaima is a graduate of KTF’s Archer Leadership Program (2015). He received his Bachelor of Science in 2016, majoring in the field of chemistry. He then went on to do his post-graduate studies while simutaneously tutoring first-year Chemistry for the Science Foundation Students. Sam is passionate about the importance of Agriculture and what it can do for the future of Papua New Guinea. He currently has his hand in a number of research projects, including one on the development of micro-hydro project for rural service providers, and another one on a fatty acid’s potential impact on breast cancer. Sam’s ambition is to one day be a top scientist in PNG. He says, “Everything I’ve done so far is due to the training and skills I’ve received from KTF during my Archer Leadership training. I believe that as the next generation of leaders we can make a difference now.”
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.