Board & Management
Board of Directors
Isikeli (Keli) Taureka
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
Mr Taureka was appointed as a Director of Kina in April 2016.
Keli previously held a number of roles with Chevron Corporation, including:
- Executive Director InterOil Corporation;
- President Chevron Corporation Geothermal;
- President of ChevronTexaco China Energy Company with responsibility for Chevron’s oil and gas upstream activities in China;
- Managing Director of Chevron Asia South Business Unit responsible for exploration and production in Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam and;
- Country Manager for Chevron New Guinea Limited with responsibility for oil operations in Papua New Guinea and Western Australia.
Before joining Chevron, Keli managed the PNG-owned Post and Telecommunication Corporation, worked at the Bank of South Pacific Limited in a senior management capacity and was Deputy Managing Director at Resources Investment Finance Limited.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Papua New Guinea and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
Mr Andrew Carriline was appointed as a Director of Kina on 16 August 2018.
Andrew is an experienced business executive, highly skilled at operating successfully in regulated environments. He recently retired from a major Australian bank, where he spent most of the last decade in senior risk roles. He was also most recently Chairman of the bank’s business in PNG.
Before his focus on pure risk roles, Andrew practised corporate law in the public and private sector and has held a number of senior legal and operational roles.
Andrew holds Bachelor degrees in Law and Commerce from UNSW and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company of Directors.
Member of the Audit & Risk Committee
Mr Paul Hutchinson was appointed as a Director of Kina on 16 August 2018.
Paul was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rural Bank, following over nine years leading the business. Before joining Rural Bank, Paul was Chief Operating Officer with New Zealand Post Limited, responsible for the sales and distribution capabilities of the group and notably the key origination capability for Kiwibank.
Paul’s prior experience has included senior appointments with Westpac Banking Corporation (Australia), National Australia Bank and Bank of New Zealand.
Paul is currently employed by the University of Adelaide in the capacity of Executive Director for the Faculty of Professionals
Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee
Ms Karen Smith-Pomeroy is an experienced non-executive director, with involvement across a number of industry sectors. Karen has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, with senior roles in Queensland and South Australia, including a period of 5 years as Chief Risk Officer for Suncorp Bank.
Karen has specific expertise in risk and governance, deep expertise in credit risk and specialist knowledge of a number of industry sectors, including energy, property and agribusiness.
Karen is currently a non-executive director of Queensland Treasury Corporation, Stanwell Corporation Limited, InFocus Wealth Management group and National Affordable Housing Consortium Limited. She is also a member of the Qld Advisory board for Australian Super, Australia’s largest industry super fund.
Karen holds accounting qualifications and is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, a Member of Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, a Certificate member of Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chair of the Remuneration & Nomination Committee
Dr Jane Thomason was appointed as a Director of Kina on 27 April 2018.
Jane has worked in international development and policy and implementation in the Asia Pacific region for 30 years. Her international career has included work for governments and donors including the Asian Development Bank, WHO, World Bank, USAID and AusAID.
As an entrepreneur and innovator, Dr Thomason has built a $50 million revenue company and merged this with Abt Associates in 2013. Since the merger, Dr Thomason has led the growth and diversification of the company to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification into new sectors and is now CEO of a $200 million revenue company with 650 staff across Asia and the Pacific. She has held senior appointments including Queensland Director of Women’s Health, CEO of the Queensland Royal Children’s Hospital, Commissioner on the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse in Queensland, Chairman of the Wesley Hospital Board, Member of the Uniting Health Care Board, the International Operations Committee of the Red Cross, the Consultative Council of the Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition and the Aid Advisory Council to the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Alexander Downer), She has been a Member of the Burnett Institute Board, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland.
Jane is an active role model for future women leaders and an active supporter of innovation and new technologies, especially blockchain, and their application to the problems of the poor.
Senior Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director
Greg Pawson was appointed CEO of Kina Securities Limited in 2018. He joins the Group with extensive knowledge of the financial services industry in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Pacific.
Before his appointment, Mr Pawson was Regional Head of South Asia Pacific for the Westpac Group and held senior executive roles in retail banking, corporate financial services, financial planning and funds management.
Chief Financial Officer
Chetan is Chief Financial Officer, reporting to the CEO. Chetan is a Chartered Accountant from India and a widely experienced finance executive. He joins Kina after spending the past two years as CFO of PNG’s largest superannuation fund, Nambawan Super.
An accountant by profession, Chetan previously worked for many years as a PNG partner for KPMG and as CFO for Dunn and Bradstreet South Asia. He also has held a number of senior leadership roles in both private companies and public sector organisations, including the Australian Taxation Office.
Chetan holds a Bachelor of Science from Mumbai University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne. Chetan is also a member of Certified Practising Accountants Australia, PNG and India
Executive General Manager of Personal Banking
Adam joined Kina Bank in 2018 to assist with the acquisition of ANZ’s Retail, SME and Commercial operations. He led the Customer Experience and Digital Streams on this programme and is a member of steering committee that manages the delivery of the project.
Prior to joining Kina Bank, Adam held various senior roles in Westpac Banking Corporations Retail and Business Banking division. Most recently, Adam was Head of Retail Banking, Westpac Pacific, overseeing the retail strategy of Westpac’s businesses in Papua New Guinea and Fiji. Prior to that, he was Head of Retail Banking Westpac PNG Limited.
Adam brings to Kina a strong track record of achievement in retail banking leadership, innovation, digital, and stakeholder management. Adam holds a Bachelor of Business Information Systems from the University of South Australia.
Executive General Manager of Business Partners and Wealth
Deepak Gupta is Executive General Manager Wealth and has had a long and successful career in financial services, having held a variety of senior executive roles in leading financial services institutions including Westpac, AMP and domestic New Zealand institutions. These roles have spanned all facets of institutional funds management, private equity investment, funds administration, financial planning and corporate trusteeship.
In addition Deepak has strong governance experience having acted as a non-executive director on the boards of NZX and ASX listed companies, and private businesses in a variety of industries. He has also been active with industry bodies and has represented New Zealand on international analyst bodies. He brings substantial experience and a track record of success and innovation across a number of areas in financial services including successful development of New Zealand’s first institutional private equity fund for retail investors and leading the commercial development and success of New Zealand’s largest registry business for its workplace based retirement savings scheme.
Deepak holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University, New Zealand, and an MBA from Massey University, New Zealand. He has a Certificate of Investment Analysis from the University of Otago, New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand.
Michael Van Dorssen
Chief Risk Officer
Mr Michael Van Dorssen joined Kina in 2009 and is currently the Chief Risk Officer for the group. As part of the good governance of Kina and consistent with the financial industry best practice Kina has established the Risk Division to assist the group in it risk management and controls. Michael has extensive experience in the banking industry in both Australia and PNG, with a career spanning more than 30 years.
Prior to joining Kina, Michael worked for Suncorp Limited as the District Manager for the bank’s agribusiness division (from 2004 to 2008) and Westpac Bank PNG Limited (from 1999 to 2002).
GM Treasury and Financial Markets
Nathan joined Kina from ANZ, where spent 15 years working in foreign exchange, money markets and balance sheet management across PNG, Fiji and Australia.
He held the role of Head of Global Markets PNG and Balance Sheet Manager for ANZ across the Pacific.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance from Queensland University of Technology, a Diploma in Financial Markets and FX Dealer Accreditation Program from the Australian Financial Markets Association and a Graduate Certificate of Commerce from Charles Sturt University, Australia.
Saima Sapias Kalis
GM Culture, Diversity and Inclusion
Saima joined Kina in 2014 and has over 15 years of experience in human resources management from working with Shell Papua New Guinea Ltd for 10 years before joining ANZ Banking Group (PNG) Ltd, PNG for 6 years as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner.
Saima holds a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Human Resources Management, from Charles Sturt University, Australia.
Chief Operating Officer
Johnson Kalo was appointed Chief Operating Officer in September 2019. Johnson has substantial industry experience in Papua New Guinea having previously held the positions of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer for BSP.
Johnson played a central role in BSP’s acquisition of Westpac’s Pacific Island Nations and he brings to Kina Bank exceptional leadership qualities. His previous roles also include independent Director of the Board of Credit Corporation and Executive Director of the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (PNGX). He is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and an associate member of Certified Practicing Accountants PNG.
Chief Transformation Officer
Ivan joined Kina Bank in 2019. In the role of Chief Transformation Officer Ivan is responsible for Group Strategy and Planning, People and Culture, Digital Channels, Innovation, Design, Product and Marketing.
Ivan has 20 years senior leadership experience in Australia, Asia and Europe in the financial services and logistics industries with companies including Suncorp, TNT Express and DBS Bank, where he has managed large-scale sales and service operations, strategy, customer experience, innovation and multi-country integration and transformation programs. He brings significant experience in people and culture transformational change and is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
GM Corporate Affairs and Investor Relations
Gavin joined Kina Bank in 2018 with over 15 years’ experience as a communications specialist.
Gavin’s previous roles include working for the BBC in cultural and current affairs broadcasting; developing crisis planning policy for the Australian Government in PNG; and in communications for Westpac Pacific.