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.
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.
Project Coordinator (Health): Kate Donnellan
Kate joined KTF as a volunteer in 2015 and now works as KTF’s Project Coordinator (Health Programs). 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.
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.