His Excellency John Kali CMG OBE

In February 2020, we were delighted to announce that His Excellency John Kali CMG OBE, the High Commissioner to Australia for Papua New Guinea, had agreed to become our Patron. Mr Kali was appointed as PNG High Commissioner to Australia in December 2017, having served in the public service for almost four decades. He recently took up his post in Canberra in early February 2019.  

Prior to his appointment as High Commissioner, Mr Kali was the longest serving Departmental Secretary in the PNG Public Service, having served as Secretary for Department of Personnel Management for more than a decade. 


Mr Kali played a leading role in implementing the findings of the foreign aid review between PNG and Australia, particularly in respect to governance and advisor arrangements in the public sector. He was also responsible for developing the PNG Value based leadership and management capability framework under which the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct has been established. He has also been a champion in promoting and mainstreaming gender equity and social inclusiveness and has set the pace for gender balance through a positive anti-discrimination agenda which has seen an increase in numbers of female officers in management and executive ranks in the PNG Public Service. 

He was awarded an OBE in 2008 in recognition of his dedication to public service and recently awarded a CMG in 2016 for his strong leadership in the Public Service. 


Mr Kali brings an outstanding wealth of experience, connections and wisdom to LiteHaus International and our vision of digitising dreams and inspiring minds. 

John Kali and Jack Growden - LiteHaus International