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

Amanda Tau, Finance Officer

Through the WBRC, Amanda won the opportunity to study at the University of Sunshine Coast through the Australia Awards scholarship. Before joining the team at the WBRC this year, she ran free taxation trainings at the Centre for women business owners. For her, working with women from all walks of life at the WBRC has truly been a rewarding experience.

Vanessa Paraka, Special Projects Manager

Vanessa Paraka is the Special Projects Manager at the WBRC, working particularly on the PNG Women's Business Agenda project. Vanessa joined CIPE in November 2019 with prior experience working on governance programs under the PNG-Australia Partnership. Vanessa is passionate about contributing to the development of PNG through the SME space, and feels very lucky to be part of the CIPE/WBRC team. Vanessa values her experience working at the WBRC and loves seeing women from all walks of life feeling empowered through the networking events and business skill development sessions offered at the WBRC.

Natalie Leahy, Admin Assistant & Childcare Provider

Natalie Leahy is an Administrative Assistant 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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