The Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNG NRI), the country’s leading think tank on public policy research, announced today the appointment of Associate Professor Eugene Ezebilo as the new Deputy Director Research, effective 5th April 2019.

The PNG NRI Council having satisfied itself with the recruitment process, in line with relevant legislation and policies, appointed Assoc. Prof. Ezebilo to the position. Acting Chairman of the PNG NRI Council, Mr. Wilson Thompson, emphasized that all appointments including those of senior management positions, go through a thorough and stringent recruitment process. As per Section 23 of the National Research Institute Act 1993, the PNG NRI Council, as the governing body of the Institute, is the appointing authority for staff of the Institute, based on the by-laws and rules and regulations of the Institute.

In conveying the Council decision on the appointment of the new Deputy Director Research, Mr. Thompson, said that “The PNG NRI is privileged to have a person of his caliber. The collective knowledge, expertise and experience that Assoc. Prof. Ezebilo brings to the Institute further strengthens our research, publications, public policy advocacy and research communications and reinforces our position as the nation’s Public Policy Think Tank”.

“The PNG NRI Council, NRI Management and Staff congratulate Assoc. Prof. Ezebilo on his appointment”, said Mr. Thompson.

Assoc. Prof. Ezebilo is the most capable and experienced candidate after being subjected through a merit based appointment process for this senior management role. Assoc. Prof. Ezebilo has an impeccable track record in research management and publications. He has provided counselling, mentoring, PhD reviews and editing. He is also a recognized Post-Graduate Examiner and Reviewer of international journals. Assoc. Prof Ezebilo has also widely published an array of individual works with a total of 56 publications to date.

Assoc. Prof. Ezebilo joined the Institute in 2015 as the Senior Research Fellow with the Property Sector Development Research Program. In 2016, he was appointed as the Program Leader and later appointed as the PNG NRI Staff Representative on the PNG NRI Council. He hails from Sweden and has a PhD in Economics from Swedish University of Agricultural Science (2010) in Sweden. He has nine years of experience as a lecturer and 20 years professional experience in research.

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