Board & Management

Board of Directors

Isikeli (Keli) Taureka

Isikeli (Keli) Taureka

Non-Executive Chairman
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Mr Taureka was appointed as a Director of Kina in April 2016. He is an Executive Director at InterOil Corporation and was previously InterOil's Executive Vice President, Papua New Guinea, accountable for the company's daily operations across the country.

Keli previously held a number of roles with Chevron Corporation, including:

  • Head of Chevron Corporation’s Geothermal and Power Operations;
  • 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;
  • General Manager 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.

Syd Yates

Syd Yates

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Syd Yates joined Kina in 1997 and has extensive experience in the banking, finance and investment industries, with a career spanning more than 30 years. He is currently serving as the CEO of Kina Group.

Within Kina Group, Syd is also a director of KVL and Kina Ventures (appointed 2012).

Syd is also currently serving as a director of KAML (appointed 2007), POMSoX (appointed 1998), Media Niugini Limited and the Commonwealth Games Association of PNG and is the Chairman for the National Olympic Fundraising Committee of the PNG Sports Federation.

Syd has previously been a director of Air Niugini Ltd and Bmobile Ltd.

Syd is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Syd is also a member of the PNG Institute of Directors.

David Foster

David Foster

Non-Executive Director
Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Mr David Foster is an experienced non-executive director with a diverse portfolio of directorships and advisory roles. David has 25 years of experience in financial services. David was appointed a Director of Kina in 2015.

David is currently a non-executive director for Thorn Group Limited and is Chair of its Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. He also has a number of advisory roles including Senior Advisor, Banking and Capital Markets for Ernst and Young and a variety of advisory boards in engineering and construction, education and local government.

David’s prior experience includes a number of senior executive roles within Suncorp Group Limited, most recently as chief executive officer of Suncorp Bank, where David led it through a highly volatile period during the global financial crisis. This included the turnaround of its retail, small and medium enterprise and agricultural businesses and managing down $18 billion in problem and non-core assets to maximise shareholder capital outcomes. David was also the Group Executive, Strategy during the acquisition of Promina Limited one of Australia’s largest financial services transactions.

Prior to Suncorp, David had over 14 years at Westpac Banking Corporation in a number of senior roles in Sydney and Queensland.

David has an MBA, a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a Senior Fellow with Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jim Yap

Jim Yap

Non-Executive Director
Member of the Audit and Risk Committee
Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

Mr Jim Yap has been a Director of Kina since 2012. Jim has significant experience in the banking industry in Australia, PNG and Taiwan. Within Kina Group, Jim is also a director of KFL (appointed 2012).

Jim also currently serves as a director of Niule No.1 Ltd (appointed 2009) and Raintree Development Ltd (appointed 2012).

Jim’s previous experience includes senior management roles at ANZ Banking Group (PNG) Ltd, including roles as head of commercial banking and head of regional sales and origination. In addition, Jim has held a number of other roles within ANZ spanning over 37 years in retail banking, import and export, credit, corporate and institutional banking.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, and is a member of the PNG Institute of Directors.

Jim Yap

Karen Smith-Pomeroy

Non-Executive Director
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.

Senior Executive Team

Syd Yates

Syd Yates

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Syd Yates joined Kina in 1997 and has extensive experience in the banking, finance and investment industries, with a career spanning more than 30 years. He is currently serving as the CEO of Kina Group.

Within Kina Group, Syd is also a director of KVL and Kina Ventures (appointed 2012).

Syd is also currently serving as a director of KAML (appointed 2007), POMSoX (appointed 1998), Media Niugini Limited and the Commonwealth Games Association of PNG and is the Chairman for the National Olympic Fundraising Committee of the PNG Sports Federation.

Syd has previously been a director of Air Niugini Ltd and Bmobile Ltd.

Syd is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Institute of Management and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Syd is also a member of the PNG Institute of Directors.

Chetan Chopra

Chetan Chopra

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

Michael Van Dorssen

Danny Robinson

Executive General Manager of Banking

Danny Robinson is Executive General Manager of Banking, responsible for the implementation of the Group’s ambitious growth and profit targets as we establish ourselves as a new force in PNG retail and business banking sectors following the Maybank acquisition.

Danny has had a long and successful career in financial services, having held a variety of senior executive roles at Suncorp Metway, commencing in 1997. These roles included General Manager of Commercial Banking, Executive General Manager of Specialist Sales and Service and Head of Business Customers. Most recently, he worked in an executive capacity within Suncorp’s risk management section. He brings a wealth of experience and a successful track record of establishing Suncorp’s distribution networks in new markets and achieving outstanding growth targets while delivering enviable customer service standards.

Danny holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of FINSIA.

Michael Van Dorssen

Deepak Gupta

Executive General Manager 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.

Tony de la Fosse

Tony de la Fosse

Executive General Manager — Shared Services

Tony is responsible for a range of corporate functions including Human Resources, Administration, Information Technology, Real Estate, Communications and Marketing, Security, Legal and Procurement & Sourcing.

Tony graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1982. He holds an Arts Degree from the University of New South Wales together with a Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and an MBA.

He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He has extensive senior level experience in Corporate Services having served throughout various Australian Public Service departments such as the High Court of Australia, Migration Review Tribunal, Ausaid, and the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Kina, Tony held the role of Security Manager at the Australian High Commission in PNG.

Michael Van Dorssen

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).

Michael Van Dorssen

Nathanial Wingti

Treasurer and Head of Markets

Nathan Wingti, is Treasurer and Head of Markets. Nathan joins Kina from ANZ, where he has spent the past 15 years working in foreign exchange, money markets and balance sheet management for ANZ in PNG Fiji and Australia.

Most recently, 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.

Adam Fenech

Adam Fenech

General Manager — KISS, KWML and KNL

Mr Adam Fenech joined Kina Group in 2013 to lead KISS, KWML and KNL.

Adam has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and has held senior roles with organisations in both PNG and Australia, including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Colonial First State Investments, and Bankers Trust.

Prior to joining Kina, Adam was a director in PwC PNG’s business advisory services division in Port Moresby.

Adam holds a Bachelor in Commerce from the University of New England and a Masters of Project Management, majoring in Business Administration, from the University of Southern Queensland. Adam is a member of the Australian Institute of Management and the Chartered Wealth Manager Institute.

Aaron Bird

Aaron Bird

Chief Information Officer

Mr Aaron Bird joined Kina in 2011 and is responsible for the IT and Operations Departments. Aaron has extensive experience in the IT industry, with a career spanning more than 18 years.

Prior to joining Kina, Aaron was the IT Manager at Calder Stewart (from 2006 to 2011) and the Asia/Pacific IT Infrastructure Supervisor at Rayonier (from 2000 to 2006).

Aaron is a former board member of the Permanent External Advisory Committee for IT at Otago Polytechnic (from 2009 to 2011).

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Applied & Strategic Management from Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand. Aaron is also a Fellow Member of the PNG Computer Society and a member of the Institute of IT Professionals of New Zealand.

Saima Sapias Kalis

Saima Sapias Kalis

Group Manager — Human Capital

Mrs Saima Sapias Kalis joined Kina in 2014 and is the Group Manager, Human Capital. Saima 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.