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Staff directory


Eli Webb

PNG Country Director

Eli Webb is the Country Director for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)’s Program in Papua New Guinea. Webb joined CIPE in November 2015 to assist in rolling out a series of projects in Papua New Guinea (PNG), as part of CIPE’s effort towards building a stronger entrepreneurial foundation for the local community, namely through the Women’s Business Resource Centre. Eli is also currently a local PNG media personality in the music industry, as a judge on a local reality music show, and in 2014 successfully co-founded a small NGO out of another local province, providing funding, counseling, and emergency accommodation for trauma patients of family and sexual violence. Previous to CIPE, Eli has held a myriad of roles, including work with the Human Services department of the Australian Federal Government and a long stint in the Australian Insurance industry. 


In her spare time Eli is a PNG national representative in squash, recently competing in the 2015 Pacific Games and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Eli actively sits on the PNG National Squash Federation as President and holds a seat on the National Athletes Commission.


Jeremy Korerua

PNG Deputy Country Director

Jeremy grew up in Port Moresby and attended the University of Papua New Guinea earning a Bachelor of Science degree in analytical chemistry. Jeremy worked in PNG's agriculture sector, focusing on quality control for agricultural export commodities. He most recently consulted for the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) in pharmaceutical testing and transitioned to standards development for higher education with ABT Associates Australia. He also spent time with UNAIDS and as a lab technical assessor with the PNG's national standards body (NISIT). In his free time, Jeremy enjoys watching documentaries on YouTube, listening to classical and jazz music, and playing "the floor is lava" with his 4-year old daughter.

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Lovelyn Towamwesi

Women's Business Resource Centre Manager

Lovelyn grew up in Port Moresby and attended most of her education in Port Moresby. She comes from a background in administration, program coordination and event management having had worked for companies such as PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum, Transparency International PNG and The Event Agency Limited. Most recently, Lovelyn worked at ABT Associates as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Church Partnership Program under the Decentralization and Citizen Participation Partnership. In her free time, Lovelyn enjoys cooking, spending time with family especially her 3-year-old daughter and watching documentaries/ movies based on real events.


Natalie Leahy

Operations Associate

Natalie Leahy is an Operations Associate and Childcare Provider at the WBRC. She is a Remedial Massage Therapist by profession when she is not at the center she runs her own mobile massage service. Natalie enjoys working at the WBRC because she finds everyone shares the same vision and dedication in the Centers mission to help women in business.

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Mary-Frances Basil

Business Support Specialist

Mary-Frances Basil is a part-time Business Support Specialist at the WBRC. Mary-Frances works on the Business Support Hotline, offering support and resources to women entrepreneurs calling in from around PNG. Mary-Frances grew up in Lae City- Morobe Province (second largest city in Papua New Guinea) and later attended the University of Papua New Guinea earning a bachelor’s degree in business management, majoring in Strategic Management. Most recently Mary-Frances worked at Bmobile Ltd as an Account Executive. Additional work includes time spent at Telikom PNG Ltd and Local Organising Committee for FIFIA Women’s World.

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Bettie Matonge

Finance Manager

Bettie Matonge is the Financial Manager at the WBRC. Bettie grew up in East New Britain​ and earned her Advance Diploma in International Business from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in development for more than 20 years. Most recently, she worked for Burnet Institute as Finance Manager and General Operations Manager. In her free time, Bettie enjoys swimming, singing, and watching and playing sports, especially soccer and basketball.


Bapi Timothy

Advocacy Associate

Bapi Timothy, an Advocacy Associate, grew up in Goroka. Bapi attended the University of Papua New Guinea where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. Prior to joining the WBRC team, Bapi worked at the PNG Department of Justice and the Attorney General and Cheshire Disability Service. In his free time, Bapi enjoys fishing, farming, and sports, especially rugby.

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