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.
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.
Advocacy Projects Coordinator
Jack grew up in Lae, Morobe Province and attended the University of Papua New Guinea earning a bachelor’s degree in business management. Most recently Jack worked at Digicel PNG Foundation as a Project Manager where he managed key infrastructure projects and programs of the Foundation. Prior to joining Digicel Foundation, Jack was working on a joint United Nations programme on Women, Peace and Security in PNG. In his free time, Jack enjoys volunteering, travelling, and time with family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
Danny Kenny is an Administrative Associate at the WBRC. Danny grew up and completed his secondary school in Simbu Province in the Highlands of PNG. He is currently doing his final year of study at the University of Papua New Guinea, majoring in Economics and he will be graduating in 2024. Danny has been very active in students' associations that he is attached to at the university, such as the economic students' society and Seventh day Adventist Students Association. Danny enjoys watching rugby and listening to comedies.
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.