NRI reveals appointment of Sanida as director


DR Osborne Sanida, pictured, is the new director of the public policy think tank, National Research Institute (NRI).
Sanida was acting in the position since April following the departure of director Dr Charles Yala.
NRI council acting chairman Wilson Thompson said the council was confident that Sanida would lead the institute to a “knowledge hub concept” and work towards strengthening the institute to:

  • Effectively achieve its mission of providing sound research, analysis and information for informed decision-making in order to contribute to enhancing the welfare of Papua New Guineans; and,
  • Lead the institute in achieving its vision of becoming one of the leading public policy think tanks in Asia-Pacific.

“Dr Sanida is the most capable and experienced candidate after being subjected to a merit-based appointment process for this important role,” Thompson said.
“He is a seasoned academic and policy researcher.
“He has proven himself as a capable leader in managing the affairs of the institute while in an acting capacity. We are pleased with his appointment”.
Sanida is a career academic and researcher having spent 21 years with the NRI.
He joined the institute in 1996 fresh out of the University of PNG as a research assistant for then economic studies division.
He became a senior research fellow and programme leader with the Economic Policy Research Programme in 2013.
In March 2016, he was appointed to a management role as the deputy director corporate services.