Management

The Secretary leads an Executive Team comprising three Deputy Secretaries (DS), each representing Strategy and Governance, Support Services and Operations, ten First Assistant Secretaries (FAS) and one Program Manager (PM) who represent the eleven Divisions.  The Department is undergoing reform to deliver enhanced public finance management across the public sector and across the country – regular updates will be provided as changes are implemented.

Dr Ken Ngangan has worked in the public sector and international development for more than 20 years Papua New Guinea.  He is currently the Secretary for Finance with the Government of Papua New Guinea, responsible for public financial management reforms in the country.  Prior to joining the Department of Finance as Secretary, he was Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Papua New Guinea. He also worked as an independent consultant on public finance management (PFM) issues in Papua New Guinea on a number of international development projects.

In 2015 Dr Ngangan led the country team that concluded the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment in Papua New Guinea, culminating in the public release of a detailed PFM reform blueprint, the PEFA Road Map 2015-2018.  Dr Ngangan has contributed to books and published journal articles on various academic and PFM issues, both locally and internationally. His work and research interests encompass all aspects of PFM as well as behavioural aspects of accounting.

Dr Ngangan holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of Newcastle, Australia; Master of Accounting from University of Glasgow, Scotland and Bachelor of Arts in Commerce with Honours from the University of Papua New Guinea. He is a Certified Practicing Accountant PNG and Certified Management Accountant of Australia.

Mr Stephen Nukuitu is responsible for the Financial Reporting & Compliance Division (FRCD), Financial Controls Division (FCD), Information and Communications Technology Division (ICTD) and Financial Management Improvement Program (FMIP). Mr Nukuitu’s portfolio is responsible for providing advice relating to financial accounting and policies, management and reporting, the administration of funding to government bodies against budgets and information system and services. As delegate of the Secretary for Finance, Mr Nukuitu has membership or Directorship of several Boards including: Central Supply & Tenders Board (CSTB) and PNG 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Corporation Tenders Board (ASTB). He also serves as alternate chair representing the Secretary in Audit Committees and is Chairperson of the Financial Framework Review Technical Working Group.

Prior to his role as Deputy Secretary-Operations, he was appointed First Assistant Secretary for Accounting Framework & Standards Division from 2010 to 2013. He has also served in the roles of Assistant Secretary (AS) and Financial Controller (FC) when he was seconded to the Departments of Health and Police. Mr. Nukuitu commenced with Department of Finance in 2000 and experienced several job rotations in various branches and divisions.

Mr Nukuitu holds a Masters in Business Administration specialising in International Business; Masters in Project Management, both from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Bachelor and Diploma in Commerce with the University of Papua New Guinea and professional affiliations to the Institute of Certified Management Accountant (ICMA), Australia; Australian Institute of Management (AIM), Alumni of Australia New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and PNG-Australian Alumni Association (PNGAAA).

Mr Samuel Penias is responsible for the Non Tax Revenue Division (NTRD), the Internal Audit and Compliance Division (IACD), Corporate Services Division (CSD) and Provincial and District Financial Management Division (PDFMD). Mr Penias’ portfolio is responsible for all matters relating to revenue from non-tax sources, internal audit of processes, corporate services and financial management for the Provinces and Districts.

Prior to his current role from 2005 to 2011, Mr Penias was First Assistant Secretary and Assistant Secretary in the Provincial & District Management Division where he was responsible for providing financial services to the 22 Provinces and 89 Districts.  Previously he was Provincial Treasurer, Central Province from 2002 – 2005 responsible for financial administration.  Mr Penias spent eight years from 1994 – 2002 with the Internal Revenue Commission in a variety of roles including VAT Manager Wewak (VAT), Tax Auditor (Tax Audit Branch) and Company Assessor (Company Assessing Branch). He also has three years’ experience working as a Stamp Duty Officer in the Stamp Duty Office and took up his first role as a Sales Person in a private company.

Mr Penias holds a Bachelor in Business Management, University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting Major), Divine Word University.

Mr Penias spent eight years from 1994 – 2002 with the Internal Revenue Commission in a variety of roles including VAT Manager Wewak (VAT), Tax Auditor (Tax Audit Branch) and Company Assessor (Company Assessing Branch). He also has three years’ experience working as a Stamp Duty Officer in the Stamp Duty Office and took up his first role as a Sales Person in a private company.

Mr Penias holds a Bachelor in Business Management, University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and a Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting Major), Divine Word University.

Mr Dominic Ira is responsible for the Internal Audit and Compliance Division (IACD), Organisational Strategy Division (OSD), Provincial and District Financial Management Division (PDFMD), and FAID.

Prior to this Mr Ira held the position of First Assistant Secretary, Financial Control Division.

Mr Ira held a variety of financial positions including Principal Accountant, Audits & Financial Statement. He has 26 years’ experience in local level government, intergovernmental organisations and national government roles in the financial management field.

Mr Ira holds a Bachelor of Business – Accounting, from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; Diploma in Public Sector Audit and Accounting, CPFPA (London) with Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business (major in Accounting) from University of Papua New Guinea. He is also a member of Certified Practicing Accountants, Papua New Guinea.

Mr Sapa manages the corporate functions of the Department of Finance which include human resources, administration including building and asset management, departmental budget, financial training, home ownership scheme and government office rental payments. With the leadership of the Secretary and in partnership with University of Papua New Guinea, Mr Sapa established a new specialised degree ‘Bachelor of Public Finance and Accountancy’ targeting the public sector of Papua New Guinea. He has also established the ‘Association of Government Accountants & Public Finance Managers Inc’ to cater for professional development needs for public sector employees in the financial sector in Papua New Guinea.

Before Mr Sapa’s appointment to First Assistant Secretary CSD in 2010, he was Assistant Secretary with the Provincial and District Financial Management from 2007 to 2009 providing oversight to Provincial and District Treasury operations of the Momase Region of Papua New Guinea.

He has also had roles as Financial Management Trainer and had served three departmental heads as the Executive Officer. Mr Sapa has over 25 years’ experience as a public servant in the financial sector.

Mr Sapa has a Masters of Management from Monash University, Australia; Bachelor of Business & Management with Honours from the University of Papua New Guinea; Diploma in Business Studies from Port Moresby Business College and a Diploma in Public Administration from Papua New Guinea Institute of Public Administration. Mr Sapa is a member of Australian Institute of Management (AIM).

Mr Metofa is responsible for managing the efficient processing of Government Payroll and Production of Public Accounts of the National Government. A major project currently undertaken is the Financial Framework Review. He was Chair of the Technical Working Group which produced the first Papua New Guinea country report on Public Finance Management (PFM) and its subsequent report, the PEFA Road Map, launched in 2015 by the Minister for Finance.  Mr Metofa is also a member of specialised Tender Boards, representing the Secretary, Department of Finance, in the Parliamentary Supply and Tenders Board, University of Goroka Supply and Tenders Board, National Judiciary and Support Services Supply and Tenders Board and Pharmaceutical Supply and Tenders Board.

Prior to his current position Mr Metofa was Assistant Secretary to the Frameworks Branch from 2008 – 2012. He held previous roles as Senior Accountant, Standards, Procedures and Audit and Accountant – Financial Statement and Audit, having joined the Department of Finance as a graduate after completing his Bachelor in 2001.

Mr Metofa holds a Masters in Accounting from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia; Bachelor of Commerce from University of Papua New Guinea and Diploma in Economic Policy Analysis from National Research Institute.

Ms Tenakanai is responsible for the collection of Non-Tax Revenue. She was first appointed to the role in 2010 and has managed a number of projects including installation of computerised receipting and going cashless, monitoring and compliance checks with the PNG Overseas Foreign Missions, review of Government Fees for five departments and the implementation of Land Lease Arrears Recovery Project Phase 1 in NCD as well as major reforms to align the Division with corporate plans. Ms Tenakanai is also the Treasurer for the Papua New Guinea Australian Alumni Association.

She was appointed as First Assistant Secretary Cash Management & Expenditure Division, CMECD, in 2012 where she spent two years responsible for managing and monitoring the PNG Government Cash flow before returning to the Non Tax Revenue Division.

Ms Tenakanai previously held the positions of Assistant Secretary Cash Management in 2008, Principal Accountant in 2001 and Revenue Accountant in 2000. She started her career as a Collector of Public Monies with the Cash Management and Expenditure Control Division and has worked with the Department of Finance for a total of 19 years.

Ms Tenakanai holds a Masters of Commerce (Applied Finance); graduate certificate in Governance and Public Policy, both from the University of Queensland, Australia; Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) and Diploma in Commerce, both from the University of Technology, Lae, Morobe Province.

Mr. Leute is responsible for the Department’s public financial management reform projects, including the implementation of the GoPNG Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS); the Financial Framework Review (FFR), a revision of the legal framework  of public financial management; the delivery of donor funded Provincial Capacity Building Project for Provincial and District Finance Offices; and the monitoring of implementation of the Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) Road Map 2015-2018.  Mr. Leute is an Adviser with the Papua New Guinea Governance Facility (PGF), a program funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Mr. Leute has worked in previous Finance Adviser roles with the Department of Finance, Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) and PNG Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority (ICSA) over a number of years.

In his previous career Mr. Leute was a partner with KPMG and Ernst & Young, in their respective assurance and consulting practices, specializing in banking, insurance and financial services.  He has extensive experience providing multi-disciplinary consulting services and financial management advice; including valuations, due diligences, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, audits, taxation and statutory reporting in a broad range of industries.  After becoming self-employed as a Financial Management Consultant in 2006 he has carried out numerous short and long term consulting engagements in the private and Public Finance sector in Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

Mr. Leute holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Mr Bruten’s core responsibilities are to manage the functions of PDFMD and supervise and monitor the operations of 21 Provincial Finance Managers (PFMs) and 86 District Finance Managers (DFMs). He is also involved in the ongoing District Treasury Rollout Program (DTROP), an intervention initiated by the Government with the essence to bring back accounting and financial services to the sub national governments. This program is responsible for the establishment of district finance offices and staff houses which we have so far established and commissioned 69 district finance offices and staff houses to date. Mr Bruten was appointed to the role in June 3rd 2016.

Mr Bruten has over 16 years of service in the department since joining in July 7th 2002. His previous appointment was as Assistant Secretary Highlands Region, responsible for all Provincial and District Finance Operations in the Highlands Region. He has also been appointed as Regional Coordinator of NGI Region within PDFMD, and Provincial Finance Manager of Central Province in 2005.

Mr Bruten holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree Majoring in Public Policy Management from the University of Papua New Guinea in 2002 and 2012 respectively. He is currently the acting First Assistant Secretary of Provincial and District Financial Management Division managing and providing over sight to 86 District Finance Managers and 21 Provincial Finance Managers and managing over 1200 officers throughout PNG.

Ms Ashwin manages with the managed services provider, all IT operations of the Department of Finance in providing infrastructure environment that support the Alesco Payroll for Whole of Government, Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS), PGAS and email services for the department and selected government agencies. She was appointed to the position of First Assistant Secretary, Information Communication Technology Division (ICTD) in 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Ms Ashwin was the Assistant Secretary Infrastructure Branch with the ICT division. She managed and supervised all routine administration of the networked systems under the support of ICTD. Ms Ashwin first entered public service in 1990 as a casual Data Entry officer with the General Ledgers Branch under Financial Reporting and Compliance Division (FRCD). Ms Ashwin has experience working with Government entities for over 28 years.

Ms Ashwin holds a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Information Systems from the University of Queensland acquired in July 2008.

Mr Tom Tiki manages three key areas of responsibility; Internal audit (responsible for system based audit on procedures and process), Investigation (response to formal internal complaints on staff and public monies and property), Governance & Compliance (responsible for rolling out audit committee program across the public sector).

Mr Tiki joined the Department in 1991, and was appointed to the position in February 19, 2018. He oversees key projects such as Public Sector Audit Program, Payroll Audit and Phone Against Corruption. Under the public sector audit program 43 audit committees are established in agencies and over 100 internal auditors trained. Payroll Audit has covered over 20 agencies and saved millions while multiple analysis and assessment to Phone Against Corruption has been carried out.

Mr Tiki previously held a position of Assistant Secretary for Investigations Branch and has a total of over 27 years experiences in the public service.

Mr Tiki has a Bachelor in Accounting and a Diploma in Commerce both from University of Papua New Guinea. He is member of the PNG Institute of Internal Auditors and Information System Audit and Control Association (ISACA) PNG.

Ms Molean is responsible for managing and optimising government revenues and government expenditure through the budgeting processes and ensures compliances to the Public Finance Management legal framework, is maintained in the process. She is also responsible for managing operations of the PNG Government’s Accounts held at the Central Bank and the Commercial Banks. She is the Chairperson to the Authority to Pre-commit Committee and represents Department of Finance to the Public Debt Committee which forms the secretariat to the Budget Management Committee.

Before her position as Acting First Assistant Secretary, Ms Molean was Assistant Secretary–Expenditure Control and Monitoring and Assistant Secretary–Cash Management from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining Department of Finance, Ms Molean was a Senior Economist–Fiscal Policy, Department of Treasury.

Ms Molean holds a Masters in International and Development Economics from the Australian National University; Graduate Certificate in Governance and Public Policy from the Queensland University of Technology; Bachelor of Commerce in Business Economics and Diploma of Commerce in Accounting – both from the Papua New Guinea University of Technology; and profound Certificates in Government Finance Statistics from the IMF-Singapore Regional Training Institute, Singapore and in Financial Programming and Analysis from the IMF Institute, Washington DC. Ms Molean is a member of the PNGAAA.