Papua New Guinea Country Director
Barbara Masike-Liri Papua New Guinea Country Director © TNC

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Barbara Masike-Liri

Program Director

Papua New Guinea


    Conservation, Government Relations, Women's Leadership


Ms. Masike-Liri has been working with The Nature Conservancy for over 11 years. She has facilitated various MOUs between TNC and government departments. She has project management skills, and her work with the West New Britain provincial government resulted in the program being institutionalized in the Fisheries Division and then the Division of Forests Environment and Climate Change. As project manager of the recently closed MARSH (Mangrove) project, she guided the project to achieving ground-breaking results in less than a year – in the development of mangrove policies for West New Britain and Manus provinces.

She was first engaged as the Melanesia Partnerships Coordinator and provided advice in building trust with NGO partners particularly in the environment sector. She facilitated processes and managed contracts with partners to support institutional development of what is now PNG Centre for Locally Managed Areas. She has been a board member to Eco Forestry Forum, PNGCLMA and Motupore Island Research Centre.

Ms. Masike-Liri studied journalism majoring in world history and Pacific politics and graduated from the University of PNG with a Bachelor of Journalism in 1993. As a qualified journalist, she has worked in the mainstream media for over 10 years focusing on PNG women’s education and health issues and also promoting the work of civil society. She also has a certificate in Pacific NGO Leadership and management from the Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, October 2013. 

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