Newcrest Mining is supporting young Archer Leaders again this year as part of reinforcing the Papua New Guinea government’s priority to develop high performing and productive human resources.
The young leaders are participating in the Kokoda Track Foundation’s Archer Leaders Development Program. The program finds and fosters the next generation of Papua New Guinean leaders.
This year marks five years of Newcrest’s ongoing support for archer leaders. Under the year-long program, the awardees receive support in mentoring, tutoring, boarding fees, education and professional development resources, and work experience.
Newcrest Sustainability Fund Manager Anna Madgwick said Newcrest is thrilled to continue supporting the program this year.
“The communities in which we operate mean a lot to Newcrest. By working in partnership with organisations such as the Kokoda Track Foundation, especially through programs such as Archer Leadership Development program, we support the growth of PNG’s emerging leaders who have the potential to make a positive difference,” said Madgwick.
“We take a great amount of pleasure in watching the recipients flourish, both personally and professionally during the leadership course. We also enjoy watching how they embrace the opportunities that present themselves as a result,” she added.
This year, the program received a record 237 applications with 24 shortlisted and 11 students selected after a competitive interview process. Four of these students are sponsored by Newcrest.
Newcrest Country Manager Stanley Komunt said the record number of applicants this year reflects the success of the program and shows that young people are serious about embracing leadership qualities and skills and have a strong desire to serve their communities and country.
“We congratulate the 2023 Archer Leaders for progressing well in the program. We also congratulate the 2022 Archer Leaders for completing the program and using their leadership skills to contribute meaningfully to the country’s development and growth,” Komunt added.
The 2023 Archer Leaders are UPNG students Dianne Nason (Dental), Courtneyalla Dotson (Law), Flare Namaliu (MBA), Julia Tubang (Linguistics), Latifa Jonathan (Law), Raymond Billy (Science Bio), Rodwaltaz Billy (Law) Herman Namora (Literature and Political Science, Luther Temai (Medicine) and Unitech students Getta Kambar (Construction Management) and Houston Nen (Building and Construction).