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.
I first heard of LiteHaus from a passionate, young Papua New Guinean named Pala Kulu Leka, who was volunteering with this great organisation. Its Founder, Jack Growden, soon visited me in Canberra to share LiteHaus International’s vision to create a digitally fluent global society where access to technology is equitable and prosperous for all. I was immediately uplifted by his passion and drive and have since found Jack’s profound energy is matched by many others within the organisation who are diverse in background but united by the spirit of generosity and a common vision.
It is from this platform that LiteHaus International has been able to achieve some ground-breaking outcomes in addressing a crucial inequity across four countries, including my beloved homeland of Papua New Guinea and my place of residence, Australia. In educational pursuits in the digital age, access to information technologies constitute a fundamental human right, however this is unfortunately far from reality in rural, regional and remote communities across the world. For developing nations such as Papua New Guinea, having its future leaders stranded on the wrong side of a rapidly widening digital divide severely constrains its vision for a prosperous and equitable future.
Since 2017, LiteHaus International has intervened, advocating that a quality education can only be a
digital education in today’s world. Matching relentless passion with diligent process, the organisation has placed a world of opportunities at the fingertips of more than 8,600 future leaders by establishing the first eight functional primary school computer labs in Papua New Guinea and providing personal digital devices to high school students in Australia.
Beyond providing access to digital tools, I have been fortunate to witness the inspirational aspect of LiteHaus International’s work. Students not only gain the ability to engage in the digital world but rather the confidence to one day influence and impact that space. For children in remote communities in Papua New Guinea, many of whom walk three hours to school each morning to keep their educational dreams alive, this is immensely encouraging and rewarding.
As a lifelong advocate for the power of education in bridging inequities, I am delighted to be a part of the LiteHaus family and represent an organisation which actualises its global vision for a digitally fluent world with dynamism, acumen and a genuine emotional investment in those they empower.
- His Excellency John Ma'o Kali CMG OBE