PNGEITI Team

Lucas Alkan
Head of Secretariat

Mr. Lucas Alkan was appointed as Head of the PNGEITI National Secretariat by the PNGEITI Multi-stakeholder Group (MSG) in 2015. Mr Alkan has been responsible for establishing the National Secretariat Office and has been supporting the MSG in implementing the EITI in Papua New Guinea. Mr Alkan manages the day to day operations of the Secretariat office and liaises closely with the MSG, development partners, donors, the EITI International Secretariat and other stakeholders on EITI implementation activities.

Prior to joining the PNGEITI National Secretariat, Mr Alkan served the PNG Department of Treasury for 16 years as the Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy in the Economic Policy Division. He also served the World Bank in Washington DC, USA for 2 years as an Advisor to the Executive Director for East Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Alkan holders a Master Degree in Public Policy from the University of Tasmania, Australia and a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea.

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Christopher Tabel
Deputy Head of Secretariat

Mr. Christopher Tabel was appointed as Deputy Head of Secretariat by the PNGEITI Multi-Stakeholder Group in September 2019. He joined the Secretariat in 2016 as the Communications Specialist responsible for managing and coordinating external and internal communications for the Secretariat and the MSG.

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Mr Tabel had work experiences in various roles in the government, resource industry and the civil society. His recent employment was with the Kokoda Initiative as the Communications Officer. He also worked with FHI360 as Strategic Behaviour Change Communications officer, New Crest Mining Ltd Lihir Operations and did his cadet journalist training with The National and The Sunday Chronicle newspapers.

Mr Tabel holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication Arts from the Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea.

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Vaieke Vani
Policy Technical Officer

Mr. Vaieke Vani is the Policy Technical Officer with the PNGEITI National Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat in 2017 and is responsible for policy and technical matters relating to EITI implementation.

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Mr Vani served for over 6 years with the PNG Department of Treasury as a Senior Economist in the Revenue Policy Branch of the Macroeconomic Policy Division.

Mr. Vani holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Papua New Guinea.  He also attained a number of specialized trainings conducted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in USA, Singapore, Fiji, Indonesia and the Philippines during his career in the public sector.

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Francis Diakon
Procurement Officer

Mr. Francis Diakon is the Procurement Officer with the PNGEITI National Secretariat. Prior to joining the Secretariat in 2016, he worked with the PNG Department of Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs and the PNG Department of Education as a Procurement Officer. At the Secretariat, Mr Diakon coordinates and oversees the procuring of PNGEITI Annual Reports and other EITI commissioned projects. He manages service contracts and procures goods and services consistent with the PNG Government Procurement Guidelines and Tendering process.    

Mr Diakon holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from the Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea.  

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Delka Kemba Rinny
Finance Officer

Mrs. Delka Kemba Rinny is the Finance Officer in the PNGEITI National Secretariat. Mrs Rinny joined the Secretariat in 2016 and is responsible for managing finances, payroll, preparing financial reports and budgets for the Secretariat.

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Mrs Rinny worked with the Department of Education as the Programme Estimate Accountant under the Dept. of Education. She also worked as the Non state Actors (NSA) Assistant Accounts Officer with the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme under the Dept. of Health.

Mrs Rinny holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Management from the Pacific Adventist University, Papua New Guinea. She is currently undergoing a PNG Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) qualification.

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Swartz Buf
Research & Data Analysis Officer

Mr. Swartz Buf is the Research & Data Analysis Officer with the PNGEITI National Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat in July 2019. He is responsible for undertaking research into resources benefits distribution (State equity and benefits to landowners, provincial and local level governments) and provide policy analysis and technical support to the National Secretariat and the Multi-Stakeholder Group. He is also responsible for providing analysis on information contained in the published PNGEITI Reports including financial data on various revenue streams, production volumes and export values of extractive commodities. 

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Mr. Buf served the Department of Treasury as an Economist under the Macroeconomic Policy Division. While with the Department of Treasury, Mr. Buf attended number of trainings offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) both in-country and overseas, focusing on areas of fiscal policy and public finance management (PFM).

Mr. Buf holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree (BEC) from the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

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Oliver Maingu
Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Coordinator

Mr. Oliver Maingu is the Stakeholder Engagement & Outreach Coordinator with the PNGEITI National Secretariat. Mr. Maingu joined the Secretariat in July 2019. He is responsible for implementing and developing effective outreach engagement programs with stakeholders and members of the PNGEITI Multi-Stakeholder Group. He is also responsible for implementing general awareness programs to other stakeholders such as the landowner groups, public and private entities, tertiary institutions and the general public.

Prior to joining the Secretariat, Mr. Maingu served the National Volunteer Services (NVS) for the last 6 years as the Acting Program Manager – Community Liaison and Awareness Program. He also served the Department of Commerce and Industry as a Project Officer with the Cooperative Societies Unit.

Mr. Maingu holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Honours Degree in Political Science from the University of Papua New Guinea.

 

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Sonia Kenu Becks
Media Content Writer

Mrs. Sonia Kenu Becks is the Media Content Writer with the PNGEITI National Secretariat. She joined the Secretariat in July 2019. She is responsible for developing and producing content material for public information dissemination through media, online platforms, awareness and outreach programs. She is also responsible for monitoring media coverage and identify communication opportunities for promoting PNGEITI and to ensure there is effective communication dialogue between the different stakeholders.

Mrs. Becks has had work experiences with non-governmental organisations in the field of Communication, Public Relations and Marketing. Prior to joining the Secretariat, she worked briefly with Buk bilong Pikinini. Before that she worked with Cheshire disAbility Services PNG, which she served four years. Prior to joining Cheshire, she worked with the National newspaper as a Reporter (journalist).   

Mrs. Becks holds a Bachelor Degree in Communication Arts (Journalism) from the Divine Word University, Papua New Guinea.

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Steven Tai
Driver

Mr. Steven Tai is the driver with the PNGEITI National Secretariat. He joined the Secretariat in 2018. He is responsible for the Secretariat’s administrative runs.  

Prior to joining the Secretariat Mr. Tai worked as a driver with Y.S Enterprise. Before that he was as a driver with Zion Zeal Christian School.