Company Board Executives

Mr. Tom Manjin, Board Chairman and Chairman of the Board Safety Sub-Committee

Tom Manjin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Papua New Guinea and was admitted as a lawyer of the National and Supreme Courts of Papua New Guinea on 18 November 1988.

He has practiced law in both the public and private sectors for more than 30 years combined.

He was a member of the CAA Team which reviewed the Civil Aviation Act 2000, to meet the legal requirements of Project 2010, culminating in the enactment of the Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act 2010.  That amendment authorized the establishment of NiuSky Pacific Limited (NSPL), the other two being National Airports Corporation (NAC) and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA PNG).  

He was again engaged to assist CASAPNG in 2014 to draft the second amendment to the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (as amended).  The Civil Aviation (Amendment) Act 2016 (No. 33 of 2016) was passed by Parliament on 29 March 2016.

From 2001 – 2002 he was appointed the Deputy Chair of the PNG National Land Board. He was recently appointed to NSPL Board and confirmed as the Deputy Chair. He is also the Chairman of the NSPL Safety Sub-Committee. He currently practices law fulltime and is the Principal of Manjin Lawyers.

Mr. Michael A. Jelliffe, Deputy Chairman

Michael A. Jelliffe was appointed Board member to NSPL on 6 October 2009. He has lived and worked in PNG most of his working life since 1971, in a number of aviation roles including operations, management, safety, training, and as a pilot, in third level and mission aviation organizations. He has also worked in air traffic control, airline and charter operations in Australia. He holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies, Diploma in Quality Auditing (including Aviation Safety Lead Auditor), and Cert IV Training and Assessment in addition to Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

Captain Ted Pakii, Managing Director

Captain Ted Pakii was appointed Managing Director and CEO of the NiuSky Pacific Ltd in October 2009. He was the inaugural Chairman of NSPL from January 2008 to September 2009. He was the Chairman of the former Civil Aviation Authority from June 2005 until January 2008. He was a Board Director of the former PNG Civil Aviation Authority from May 2002 to December 2007. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief Pilot, Check and Training Captain on the Boeing 767 aircraft for Skystar Airways in Thailand for two years. Prior to that, he was the Boeing 767 Captain and Cadet Program Manager for Air Niugini for three years. Captain Pakii joined Air Niugini as a direct entry pilot in 1996. Before joining Air Niugini he was a military pilot from 1979 to 1995, including four years as a Flying Instructor with the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF).

Mr. John A. Uware, Director

John A. Uware was appointed Board member to NSPL representing the Department of Treasury on 6 December 2011. He is also the Chairman of the NSPL Audit Sub-Committee. He was formerly the First Assistant Secretary for the Financial Management Division in the Papua New Guinea Department of Treasury. In March 2015, he was appointed the First Assistant Secretary for the newly established Strategy Division of the Department of Treasury. He has been with the Department of Treasury for over 25 years. He was previously a member of the Department of Treasury and Bank of Papua New Guinea Joint Sovereign Wealth Fund Technical Working Group. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting major) from the Papua New Guinea University of Technology.

Mr. Kevin Luana, Director

Kevin Luana was appointed Board member of NSPL representing the Minister for Civil Aviation on 6 December 2011. He is a proxy ex officio Director on the Board of the PNG National Road Authority. He is the Deputy Secretary (Technical Services) with the Papua New Guinea Department of Transport (DoT) since 2005. He is currently the Chairman of both the DoT ‘Disciplinary Committee’ and the ‘Succession Planning and Development Committee’. He is currently the Deputy Chairman of the DoT ‘Finance and Audit Committee’. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Masters in Business Administration (Executive) from the University of PNG/Gitam University of Management (India).

Ms. Sharon Nalu, Company Secretary

Sharon Nalu was appointed as the Board’s Secretary on 9 July 2012.  Prior to her appointment, she was practicing as a lawyer with various private international legal firms for more than 8 years. 

Prior to commencing her legal career, Sharon also gained some work experience with the Bank of South Pacific Ltd and following that with the National Broadcasting Corporation as a journalist.


  • Diploma in Media Studies (University of Papua New Guinea), 1999
  • Bachelor of Laws (University of Papua New Guinea), 2003
  • Certificate in Post Graduate Legal Training, Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute, 2003
  • Certificate in Readers Practice Course, Victorian Bar, 2007
  • Master of Laws (Commercial Law) (Monash University, Victoria, Australia),  2010


  • Member, Law Society of Papua New Guinea; 
  • Member, The Victorian Bar (Melbourne, Australia); 
  • Member, Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand; and
  • Member, PNG Institute of Directors.
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