National Aids Council Secretariat

Our Executive Management Team

Mr. Tony Lupiwa

Acting Director

Mr. Victor Aisa

Deputy Director

Mr. Valentine Tangoh

Manager Advocacy & Social Mobilization

Jacob Pakao

Manager Corporate Services

Ms. Veronica Samof

Manager M&E, Reporting and Research

Mr. Steven Amu

Manager Policy and Planning

Ms. Stella Auali

Executive Officer to the Council (Board Secretary)

Mr. Tony Lupiwa
Acting Director

Mr. Tony Lupiwa is currently the Acting Director of the National AIDS Council Secretariat.

Mr. Lupiwa has managed HIV and STI research programs and has extensive knowledge and experience in research, which allows him to contribute to the development and review of national policies in the Asia Pacific region. His broad experience has enabled him to lead post and pre-graduate training programs at the PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province and at NACS.

He has spent over 25 years at the PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka, where he was part of the first team of HIV researchers doing the early research on HIV and STI in PNG. Mr. Lupiwa is known for his contribution to Health Research in PNG, specializing in STI and HIV research, Pneumonia and Diarrheal Diseases. He is a co-author to over 70 publications in peer reviewed Journal and other national documents around the world. He has presented PNG’s STI and HIV research data in many International and National Conferences. He has been a member of the PNG Medical Society for over 30 years and he is a regular presenter at the Annual Medical Symposiums in PNG.

Mr. Lupiwa holds a Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) (in HIV and STIs) from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Papua New Guinea. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Post Graduate Diploma in Science (PGDSc) and Diploma in HIV and AIDS (Thailand).

Mr. Victor Aisa
Deputy Director

Mr. Victor Aisa is the current Deputy Director of the National AIDS Council Secretariat.

Victor’s previous employment includes Assistant Director Finance and Administration for the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management; Manager Health Sector Improvement Program for the Department of Health; Executive Manager Finance and Administration for Water and Sewerage Limited t/a Eda Ranu and Assistant Secretary Expenditure Control Division, Assistant Secretary Accounting Division, Assistant Secretary Provincial Liaison Division of the Department of Finance.

He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Central Queensland University (CQU) in Australia, A Diploma in Management at Central Queensland University (CQU) in Australia, A Certificate in Government Financial Administration at ACPAC Training Centre in Sydney Australia and A Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy at Papua New Guinea University of Technology PNG.

Victor is a member of the professional bodies of Papua New Guinea Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA PNG Chapter).

Mr. Jacob Pakao
Manager Corporate Services

Mr. Jacob Pakao is the Manager Corporate Services Division. His role involves coordinating and managing the operations and functions of Finance and Accounts, Procurement and Administration, Human Resources Management and Development, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Assets Management, Cleaning and Securities.

Mr Valentine Tangoh,

 Manager  Advocacy and Social Mobilization

Mr Valentine Tangoh is the Manager for Advocacy and Social Mobilization. His main roles include management of four divisional staff and plays a senior leadership role of the overall coordination of the Advocacy and Social Mobilisation Intervention programs in the country.

Mr Tangoh commenced working with National AIDS Council in mid of 2007 and this year is his 11th year with the Organization. Prior to occupying this position, he was the Regional Manager for Momase Region and was Compliance Officer in the two previous NACS structures.
Prior to joining NACS, Mr Tangoh was engaged in a 5-year AusAID project called the Curriculum Reform Implementation Project (CRIP). Mr Tangoh also spent more than 28 years with the National Department of Education at different leadership capacities before officially resigning from the department to join the National AIDS Council Secretariat.

Mr Tangoh holds a Master’s Degree in Education obtained from the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Goroka (UOG) and a Diploma in Primary Education from the PNG Education Institute (PNGEI).

Ms. Veronica Samof,

 Manager  M&E, Reporting and Research

Ms. Veronica Samof is the Manager, Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Research which oversee and provide leadership in developing and implementing systems and mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting progress of implementation of the National HIV strategy.

Mr. Steven Amu

 Manager Policy and Planning

Mr. Steven Amu is the  Manager National HIV & AIDS Policy and Planning which provides oversight and leadership in the identification, formulation and revision of national HIV policy and coordinating its implementation. The Manager also provides leadership in preparing timely and appropriate advise on policy and strategic matters relating to HIV and AIDS; preparation of NACS annual plans and budgets; support to the Council in reviewing and providing comments and feedback on all proposals submitted by stakeholders; providing technical advice and assistance to stakeholders and provinces in implementing NHS; and engagement with all stakeholders to foster collaboration and partnership for the purpose of supporting implementation of the NHS.

Ms. Stella Auali

 Executive Office to the Council (Board Secretary)

Ms. Stella Auali is the  Executive Officer to the National AIDS Council Board. Her role is to provide Secretarial services to the Council and provide legal advice and assistance to the Council and the Secretariat as required.