These three new judges are; Desmond Yaninen, CEO of the National Development Bank, who will be judging the Community Entrepreneur Category; Arianne Kassman, Executive Director of Transparency International PNG, who will be the judge of the Young Men of Honour Category; and Diane Kambanei, the Executive Director for Young Women’s Christian Association PNG, who is the new judge for the Allen Mahuru Posthumous service Award.
The three new judges will be joining veteran judges Cassandra Rangip (Founder, Letiana Legacy) for Community Ingenuity Category, Dr. Eric Kwa (Secretary Constitutional Law Reform Commission) for Community Education Champion Category, Inspector David Terry (Police Media) for Sporting Mentor Award Category and Dr. Betty Lovai (Dean of Humanities, University of Papua New Guinea) who is the judge of the Community Leadership Category.
Digicel Foundation CEO, Beatrice Mahuru, said this season’s panel of judges represent a fantastic cross-section of leading figures from different sectors of society who have come together to find ordinary men doing extraordinary things amongst the 228 nominations lodged for the Men of Honour Awards.
“We’re delighted to engage with our 3 new judges who are passionate about youth and economic empowerment. Their collective passion and youthful energy adds value and balance to the four existing judge’s maturity and experience,” Ms. Mahuru said.
Sharing his experience, Dr. Kwa, expressed how the MOH journey has given him the opportunity to view life in PNG through the eyes of rural and remote community based constituents. He said this has added value to the work he does for the Government.
Meanwhile, Mr. Yaninen said he looked forward to meeting the wonderful men in the communities and experience first-hand, their struggles and achievement.
Over 220 nominations were lodged in this season’s nomination cycle with nominations received from all 22 provinces.
Judges are now in the process of screening all nominations to shortlist three finalists for each of the seven respective categories. Following the selection process, Judges will then travel to the finalists communities to carry out interviews.
Established in October 2008, Digicel PNG Foundation has directly invested K77 million in PNG’s rural, remote and socially marginalized communities across all 22 provinces directly impacting almost 777,000 people.