Kelly Samof, Winner of the ANU-UPNG Scholarship in Economics is Optimistic

Education is a human right. And, like other human rights, it cannot be taken for granted, especially when it allows for opportunities for decent jobs, to escape poverty, to support families, and to develop communities.

Kelly Samof, a soon to be graduate of the University of Papua New Guinea, and the winner of the ANU-UPNG Scholarship in Economics, aims to use his education to fulfil the latter.

Kelly’s story highlights the importance of education, and he is passionate about applying his skills and knowledge when he returns to Papua New Guinea.

He says he will use the knowledge to contribute to the country’s monetary policy when he completes the program.

Kelly will graduate soon from the University of Papua New Guinea, and the path now takes him to Australia where upon completion, he wants to contribute to monetary policies at the central bank or treasury department.

He is aware of the current state of the economy, but remains optimistic.


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Bethanie Harriman

Bethanie Harriman

Bethanie Harriman draws strength from his experiences growing up in Lae’s Four Mile and Back Road block settlements, before studying Applied Science at the National Polytechnic Institute of Papua New Guinea where he graduated with a diploma in Applied Science. He is proving to be a voice for the voiceless and is becoming a respected commentator on PNG’s socio-economic and political environment.