Mr Adam Delaney

PhD scholar

MBA (University of the South Pacific)

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Topic or working title

‘Optimising a Governance architecture by the Indigenous Mota-Koita in the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea.’

Abstract or summary


Panel members and positions

Primary Supervisor and Panel Chair:
Dr Diane Smith, HDR Program Manager, NCIS


Adam Vai Delaney is a part-time PhD Scholar with NCIS, commencing in March 2019. His work experience includes serving as a Diplomat, based in New York; Senior Adviser to political leaders in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Australia and at the Pacific Islands Forum (based in Fiji). He was the first Pacific Islander to be elected as Vice-Chairman/Rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development; Lead Negotiator/Coordinator for the Group of 77 and China (Developing countries) and Lead Negotiator/Coordinator for the Alliance of the Small Island States at the UN. He has performed management roles with Federal Government (Torres Strait Regional Authority); Queensland State Parliament’s Electoral Office in North QLD; Kleinhardt Pty Ltd (Business consultancy); Indigenous Tourism enterprise (Bamaga Bubu Ngadimunku Inc); and PNG’s National Research Institute. His maternal heritage is Motu, the Indigenous Landowners of the land in which Port Moresby capital city is established in PNG.

His Research interest is in Governance, regional cooperation, and political-economy, particularly related to urbanisation and the Indigenous Motu Koita people in PNG.

He joined the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute as a Project Officer in March 2019 after a brief, casual stint with the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) at the ANU.

Updated:  14 October 2019/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer