OTDF was created in 2009 to work as an independent foundation focused on improving the lives of those Papua New Guinea communities in which we work.
Each executive and board member, team and individual involved with OTDF is an essential part of achieving this goal.
It is through the dedication and commitment to the Western Province by our executives that OTDF has achieved great success through its various programs.
Whether extending its Health Program throughout North, Middle and South Fly Districts or providing scholarships and education to the province’s adults and children or bringing in international experts to help revitalise the natural eco-structure and landscape, OTDF’s executives are steadfast in their resolve to create a better environment, living and sustainability to all who live here.
Chief Executive Officer
Havini Vira is from Eastern Highlands Province. He joined OTDF in January 2018 as Executive Manager of Program Services. A fisheries expert by profession, Havini has held various positions in both the public and private sectors, with his last role being Manager of Inland Aquaculture with National Fisheries Authority (NFA).
Havini holds a Masters in Aquaculture and Environment from University of New South Wales (2015), and a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology from University of PNG (1997). He has been involved in rural and community development his whole career and is passionate about projects that improve livelihoods.
Executive Manager – Corporate Services
Executive Manager – Program Services
Eric Kuman is from the Simbu Province. Before joining OTDF in 2015, Eric had a total of 23 years of work experience in the Food Industry, Mining and Development.
He possesses a Master of Leadership in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science & Diploma in Human Resource & Management. Eric is a Board member of Middle Fly Investment Limited, 4 CMCA women’s investment companies and the Rumginae School of Nursing.
He is passionate about education and developing youth to improve the quality of life for marginalised rural people across Western Province.
Ian Middleton grew up in PNG, speaks fluent Tok Pisin, and is passionately committed to his aspiration to develop the capacity of fellow Papua New Guinean’s to achieve self-reliance.
Ian was formerly the Founding CEO of OTDF, serving in that capacity from 2009 to 2020. Ian has recently taken on an Advisory role to deliver the Foundations impact projects, most importantly the WestAgro Master Plan.
He has a Bachelor of Science (1993) and Honours in Aquaculture (1994) from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, and is the Founding Chairman of the LikLik Skul Foundation (2013).