NRI appoints new director

The PNG National Research Institute Council today announced the appointment of the new Director of the nation’s public policy think tank – PNG National Research Institute.

After going through the recruitment process, as per the provisions of the NRI Act 1975 and the Public Service Management Act, the NRI Council is pleased to announce that Dr Osborne Sanida is now appointed Director of PNG NRI.

Dr Sanida was performing in an acting capacity since April 2017, with the departure of former Director Dr Charles Yala.

He is a seasoned academic and policy researcher and has proven himself capable in managing the affairs of the Institute while in an acting capacity.

The Chairman of the NRI Council Wilson Thompson said well qualified applicants were considered, and that the Council is confident that Dr Sanida will lead the Institute towards achieving the Knowledge Hub Concept.

He is also tasked to effectively achieve mission of providing sound research, analysis and information for decision making in order to contribute to enhancing the welfare of Papua New Guineans; and to lead the Institute in achieving its vision of becoming one of the leading Public Policy Think Tanks in the Asia Pacific Region.

Dr Sanida is a career academic and researcher having spent 21 years with the PNG NRI.


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Carolyn Ure