RT. HON. SIR RABBIE L NAMALIU GCL KCMG CSM
Sir Rabbie Langanai Namaliu served as Foreign Affairs & Immigration Minister in the Government of Papua New Guinea from August 2002 to July 2006 and Minister for Treasury from July 2006 to August 2007. He served briefly as Leader of the Opposition in 1988 before becoming Prime Minister between 1988 -1992 and Speaker of the National Parliament between 1994 -1997. He earlier served as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, 1982-84 and has held several other senior ministries including Primary Industry, and Petroleum and Energy since his first election to Parliament as MP for Kokopo (East New Britain) in 1982.
As Foreign Minister, Sir Rabbie was President of the ACP Council of Ministers and Co-President of the ACP-EU Council of Ministers for six months in 1984 with the Foreign Minister for Ireland. He also chaired the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Committee on the amalgamation of the Forum and Pacific Community in 1984, the other members being the Foreign Ministers of New Zealand and Tonga, as well as Chairman of the Forum Foreign Ministers and MSG Foreign Ministers Meetings in 2005.
Sir Rabbie had a distinguished public service career before entering Parliament. He was Chairman of the Public Services Commission from 1976-1979 and earlier served as Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister and then first Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare from 1974-1975 and in 1976 he served as East New Britain Provincial Commissioner.
He was a Senior Tutor and later Lecturer in History at the University of Papua New Guinea, and was the first Papua New Guinean graduate to be appointed to the University’s academic staff in 1973.
Sir Rabbie holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from UPNG, and a Master of Arts (MA) degree from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and an Honorary Doctor of Laws (HON.LLD) from the same University.
On 20 February 2005, the President of the Divine Word University in Madang, PNG, bestowed on him an Honorary Degree Award in International Relations on behalf of the Paris Based Centre for Diplomacy and Strategic Studies, an affiliate of the Institute of International Relations, a College of the Sorborne University in France.
Sir Rabbie was Chancellor of the PNG University of Natural Resources and Environment, based at Vudal in East New Britain Province from August 2007 to February 2011.
He has been an independent Non-Executive Director of Marengo Mining Limited based in Perth since 11th February 2008 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the publicly listed investment firm, Kina Asset Management Limited based in Port Moresby since 2008. Early in 2009, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Kina Securities Limited as an independent Non Executive Director and since December 2011 appointed as Chairman.
He was appointed as an independent Non Executive Director and Chairman of Kramer Ausenco on 16th February, 2010. Kramer Ausenco is a joint venture comprised of Kramer (PNG) Limited, Kramer Ausenco (Pacific) Pty Ltd and Ausenco of Australia, formed to provide a whole range of engineering services to clients in PNG and in the South West Pacific region as well as globally. Kramer Ausenco has permanent offices in Port Moresby, Brisbane, Honiara, Port Vila, Nuku’alofa, Suva and Apia.
Since March 2011, Sir Rabbie has been an independent Non-Executive Director of Bougainville Copper Limited and as of 1st July, 2011, was appointed by InterOil to it’s PNG Advisory Board.
In 2008, Sir Rabbie Namaliu was appointed by AusAID as a member of the Agricultural Innovation Grants Committee, which is a sub-committee of the Agricultural Research & Development Support Facility (ARDSF) funded by the Australian Government and until early 2009, was Chairman of the Committee. Furthermore in 2008, Sir Rabbie was appointed by AusAID to the Pacific Regional Leadership Program Advisory Committee, (a regional leadership training program covering six countries namely, PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa) of which he is also the Chairman.
In 2011 Sir Rabbie was appointed by the East New Britain Provincial Government to be Chairman of the PNG Games Host Organising Committee for the 2012 PNG Games to be held in Kokopo, East New Britain in November 2012.
Sir Rabbie is a member of PNG Institute of Directors.
Sir Rabbie born on 3rd April, 1947 in Kokopo, East New Britain Province, is married and has three sons and three daughters.