ANZ | Papua New Guinea Gender Parity Symposium 

Canberra – Sydney – Brisbane

12-16 October 2015

The Australian Government is committed to $320 million 10 year aid program to help women in the Pacific increase their economic, education and social opportunities. In the Pacific regions 60 per cent of women have faced domestic violence. Women and girls don’t have the same access to education as men and there is a lack of knowledge about health and family planning. The aid program aims to equip women with the education and tools they need to participate fully and safely in life.

Australian business has a long history of fuelling economic growth and providing jobs in PNG. Now, like many Pacific nations, PNG is in the midst of a commercial and social evolution as more women leave their traditional homemaker roles and move into the workforce, often in Australian based businesses.

Whether it’s legal, finance, education or the resource sector, Australian businesses in PNG have a social responsibility to support the PNG women in their workforces. Understanding the current cultural shift, and the barriers facing PNG women is essential for any organisation that’s genuinely committed to responsibly creating a diverse workforce.

In partnership with the Papua New Guinea High Commission, the Asia Pacific Professionals Association Ltd proudly presents the ANZ | Papua New Guinea Gender Parity Symposium.

At the ANZ | Papua New Guinea Gender Parity Symposium you’ll hear from the best and brightest minds in business in our region today about how your business can identify and understand the barriers against women in your workforce, and help them rise above to create their own opportunities.

The Symposium is being held in three locations, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane and includes three “Pathways to Parity Panel” discussions and two “Pathways to Parity Dinners”.

ANZ | Papua New Guinea Gender Parity Symposium Dinner

At each of our “Pathways to Parity Dinners” the keynote speaker, recently retired Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, will present his perspective on gender parity in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

In 2013 Lt General David Morrison AO (rtd) made headlines around the world with his YouTube message speaking out against sexual harassment in the army.

He was instrumental in bringing about cultural change in the Australian military and now serves as a White Ribbon Ambassador, regularly speaking about domestic and sexual violence against women.

Now, he brings his inspirational speaking style the issue of gender parity in Papua New Guinea at the Pathways to Parity dinner.

This chance to hear from one of Australia’s most respected military officers will be the highlight of the event.



As Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison AO was instrumental in creating cultural change in the Australian military and in supporting women in the armed forces. He is a Member of the Order of Australia, an Officer of the Order of Australia,  was a delegate at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London in 2014 and has a long standing connection with Papua New Guinea through his work with the Australian Defence Force. He also lived for a period at Moem Barracks in Wewak and at Taurama Barracks in Port Moresby.


Mark will deliver a welcome address at the pre-dinner networking drinks and canapes, providing his insight  into parity issues. You can view Mark’s biography below.

SYDNEY DINNER – 14 October 2015

We regret to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control, the Sydney dinner has been postponed and a similar event will take place next year on a date to be advised with further details to be advised. This event has otherwise been closed and bookings can no longer be taken.

BRISBANE DINNER – 15 October 2015

Pre-dinner networking drinks and canapes followed by sit down dinner with key note address.

ANZ PNG Gender Parity - Brisbane

ANZ | Papua New Guinea Gender Parity Symposium Discussion Panel

At each of the “Pathways to Parity” panel discussions you’ll hear from the best and brightest minds in business in our region today about how your business can identify and understand the barriers against women in your workforce, and help them rise above to create their own opportunities.

Panels will include discussion on:

  • Cultural norms and expectations
  • Benefits of adopting a diverse workforce
  • Identifying opportunities for both men and women
  • Identify gender parity legislation gaps in PNG
  • How industry can be more supportive of women and disadvantaged groups


Panel Dates: 13, 14 and 15 October 2015


Panel Chairs:

Canberra – Stephen Howes, Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy and the Director of the Development Policy Centre. Listen to Canberra Panel Discussion. Listen to fringe event presentation by Minister Tabar on education reform.

Sydney – Jenny Hayward-Jones, Director of The Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute. Listen to Sydney Panel Discussion.

Brisbane – The Honourable Justice John Alexander Logan RFD, judge of the Federal Court of Australia and a commission judge of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea. Listen to Brisbane Panel Discussion – Minister Tabar, Magistrate Kaumi, Dr Kwa, Dr Linda Van Leeuwen, Avia Koisen and Melissa Jojoga.


Panel Speakers:



Introducing Ann Steele, ANZ PNG, Head of Human Resources and Senior HR Executive (Sydney only) and Melissa Jojoga, ANZ PNG, Lawyer (Brisbane only)

Introductory remarks for ANZ speakers – Mark is a highly experienced international banker having previously held senior roles with HSBC in Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, India and Bahrain. Prior to taking up his current role with ANZ PNG in August 2012, Mark had overall responsibility for ANZ’s Corporate Banking activities in Queensland, covering private and public companies, with a particular focus on services to the Natural Resources sector. Mark has a wide range of banking activities including Corporate and Institutional Banking, Commercial and SME, and Retail Banking, as well as key product lines including International Trade Services, Payments and Cash Management and Operations.



Listen to Ann speak at the Sydney Panel Discussion.

Ann has a breadth of experience having worked across several sectors including Banking & Investment, Transportation, Tourism, Manufacturing, Properties and Information Technology, teaching and tourism. Ann was the first Pacific Island National to hold a Senior Executive role at ANZ as the Head of Human Resources, Pacific looking after 16 countries. In her role as Head of HR for ANZ PNG she has launched several initiatives to ensure there is gender parity particularly in Leadership and managerial roles within the bank including “Banking on Women” (BOW). With support of ANZ PNG she is an active member of the PNG BusinessCoalition for Women (BCFW) and supports the “Coalition for Change, PNG”.


LAWYER, ANZ PNG (Speaking in Brisbane only)
Melissa was admitted to practice in 2002 in the Papua New Guinea Supreme and National Court Bar, and has worked as the Principal Legal Officer with Ok Tedi Mining Limited where she established and managed the Legal Unit, with focus on centralization and management of all legal matters and regulator compliance. Melissa has a vast range of experience in the areas of Commercial Law, Contract Law and Contract Management, Conveyancing, and Corporate Governance including Enterprise Risk Management. Melissa brings with her diversity in experience across different industries with a practical understanding of the PNG regulatory environment.


Avia is the President of the PNG Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is the founder and Principal of Koisen Lawyers in Port Moresby. Avia is also a Board Member for Transparency International PNG, the inaugural President of the PNG-Australia Alumni Association, a member of Soroptimist International, was a member of the Taskforce that drafted the PNG government’s guiding policy document “Vision 2050” and a member of the Legislative Working Group that drafted the necessary legislation to reserve 22 seats for women in PNG’s Parliament.


Dr Kwa comes from the Siassi Island in the Morobe Province and holds a Doctorate in Environmental Law, as well as having taught at the University of PNG Law School. Since 2007, Dr Kwa has served as the Legal Counsel to the PNG National Council of Women on a pro bono basis and has been on the forefront on Women’s issues in the area of law for the last ten years. Dr Kwa continues to play a leading role in the reform of laws for the advancement of women in PNG.



Listen to fringe event presentation by Minister Tabar on education reform.

Minister Tabar comes from the Rababat village in the East New Britain Province. In 2007, Minister Tabar was elected to Parliament representing the Gazelle Open Electorate. Since being elected, Minister Tabar has been an active participant in Parliament serving on a number of Permanent and Special Parliamentary Committees. From 2008 to 2014, he served as a Commissioner to the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission. In August 2014, he was appointed as Minister for the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology.


Magistrate Kaumi has practised as a lawyer and barrister and has worked in both private and public practice. In 2008, he became a magistrate with the PNG Magisterial Services. In August 2013, Magistrate Kaumi, became a formative member of the Male Advocacy Network “MAN” whose aim is to eradicate all forms of violence against women. Since its formation, Magistrate Kaumi has been a keen advocate for women and is a champion for change.


Dr Leeuwen manages Anitua’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, predominantly its Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) Program, the first of its kind in PNG. She has lobbied PNG resource companies to implement their own programs to address gender violence both within their workplaces and footprint communities. Dr Leeuwen is a founding board member of the PNG Business Coalition For Women and Chairs the Addressing Violence Working Group and is involved with the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW) Program.



Gloria is responsible for NDB Investments’ Business Incubation Programs for indigenous youth and women of Papua New Guinea. NDB Investments Limited is the government-run SME incubator and PNG’s first ever business incubator aimed at starting up indigenous SME’s in PNG by offering training, funding and support. Gloria recently participated in the Future Leaders of the Pacific Conference 2015 as the Papua New Guinea Delegate.

Symposium Timetable and booking details

Date Event (to attend an event, you will need to book for each event individually)
Monday, 12 October 2015 Canberra - 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Fringe Event

Higher Education Issues and Reform in Papua New Guinea
Speaker: The Honourable Malakai Tabar MP, Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology in PNG
Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 Canberra - 12.00pm to 1.30pm
Pathways to Parity Panel Discussion
Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy, Canberra
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 Sydney - 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Pathways to Parity Panel Discussion
Lowy Institute, Australia-Papua New Guinea Network, Sydney
Pathways to Parity Dinner
We regret to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control, the Sydney dinner has been postponed and a similar event will take place next year. This event has been closed and bookings can no longer be taken.
Thursday, 15 October 2015 Brisbane - 5.00pm to 6.30pm
Pathways to Parity Panel Discussion
Federal Court of Australia, Brisbane
Brisbane - 6.45pm till late
Pathways to Parity Dinner
Keynote address: Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Retd)
Rydges Southbank, Brisbane

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* Terms and Conditions of $300 David Jones Gift Voucher Promotion

Only applies to tickets bought for Sydney or Brisbane dinners. To go in the draw to win the $300 David Jones Voucher, full payment of ticket purchase must be received by us by 5.00pm AEST on 30 September 2015.  Entry into the draw will be per purchase transaction. Purchase of multiple tickets by the same person or company or group will be one entry provided the tickets are bought at the same time and by the due date. Purchase of a table will be one entry.  Where a company or other group booking is drawn as the winner, a delegate of the company or group must be in attendance at one of the dinners to collect the voucher. Winner will be drawn and announced during the Symposium.


** Terms and Conditions of 2015 Signed Wallabies Jersey Promotion

Only applies to tickets bought for Brisbane dinner. Attendee must place bid at the dinner (if an auction) or buy raffle tickets that will be available for purchase at the dinner (if a raffle). Attendee must be present at the dinner  when the auction winner is announced (if an auction) or when the raffle is drawn (if a raffle).  If not present, another attendee will be announced or drawn as the winner. Charity details to be decided by Asia Pacific Professionals Association Ltd.