Sir Leonard Wilson Kamit, CBE
Sir Wilson commenced his interest in Central Banking in 1972 when he was awarded a scholarship by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to study economics at the University of Papua New Guinea. In July 1975 he commenced full time work as a Graduate Research Officer with the then newly established Bank of Papua New Guinea. He served in various departments and undertook many management roles throughout his 37 years around Central Banking.
In October 1991, he was appointed Deputy Governor; Deputy Chairman of the Bank Board and Deputy Registrar of Savings & Loan Societies (Credit Unions) and served for eight (8) years. In August 1999 he was appointed Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea; Chairman of the Bank Board and Registrar of Savings & Loan Societies. He served for ten (10) years before retiring from Central Banking in December 2009.
In April 2010, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines as the Alternate Executive Director in the constituency representing the Republic of Korea; Papua New Guinea; Sri Lanka; Taipei, China; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; and Viet Nam. He completed his term with the Asian Development Bank on 31 March 2013.
In his role as Governor, he represented Papua New Guinea as the Alternate Governor, on the International Monetary Fund, and as Governor on the Commonwealth, SEANZA, SEACEN & South Pacific Central Bank Governors’ Conferences.
He was Chairman of the Institute of Banking and Business Management Inc. in Papua New Guinea from 2005 – 2009, a Director on the Port Moresby Stock Exchange, Commissioner on the National Economic & Fiscal Commission; Commissioner on the Privatization Commission and member of the Consultative Implementation Monitoring Committee. Sir Wilson also served briefly (6 months) as a First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Housing.
Sir Wilson is currently on the Boards of the PNG Sustainable Development Programme Limited, Chairman of the Boards of Credit Corporation (PNG); (Fiji); (Solomon Islands) and (Vanuatu). He is also the Chairman of the Board of the PNG Microfinance Limited. He was a director of InterOil Corporation from 2013 – 2017.
He has served as a councillor and Honorary Treasure of St. Martins Anglican Parish, Boroko, and is currently a Director of the Board of Trustees of the Anglican Church of Papuan New Guinea.
Sir Wilson has a Degree in Economics (UPNG) and a Diploma, Corporate Directors, (UNE/Corporate Directors Association of Australia). He is a Senior Fellow of the Corporate Directors Association of Australia, an Honorary Fellow of the PNG Institute of Banking and Business Management Inc. and a Member of the Papua New Guinea Institute of Directors Inc. He was made a commander of the British Empire (CBE) in June 2000 and awarded a Knighthood in June 2009 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.