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.
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, 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.
Hariesa Tabua is a finance officer and will support all field office financial management. Hariesa grew up in PNG and attended the University of Papua New Guinea, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Most recently Hariesa worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) as a Finance Officer in PNG. She has a passion and enthusiasm for Quickbooks. Her hobbies include traveling and Hariesa loves Asian cuisine.
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.
Albert Arija is working with the PNG team to support put together CIPE Papua New Guinea’s M&E tools and systems for all PNG programs. Albert grew up in PNG most of his time and attended the Divine Word University in PNG, graduating in 2010 with a BA in Arts with a minor in research. In his free time, Albert loves reading, a bit of cooking local food and teaching his two little boys drawing using MS Paint so it keeps them away from Nickelodeon. Albert is an online forms enthusiast. He loves to design, deploy, test online webforms and look at assisting local organizations on how to have automated workflows to make their work not only efficient and real-time but cost-effective.
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.