Son of a teacher assumes Chief Investment Officer role at Superfund

A teacher’s son has stepped into the role of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Nambawan Super.

Chairman of Nambawan Super, Reg Monagi announced this is the fund’s top investment job now occupied by David Kitchnoge.

He described Kitchnoge who is from East Sepik and Morobe provinces as a well respected and experienced professional who has close to 20 years experience in the country’s financial sector.

Today  Kitchnoge stepped into the position of Chief Investment Officer (CIO), the Fund’s top investment job.

“Mr Kitchnoge is a seasoned investment professional who established his career with more than 10 years at big 4 firm, Deloitte,” Monagi said.

“He followed this with 6 years gaining diverse experience with some of PNG’s biggest businesses including as Head of Research & Advisory with Kina Funds Management, the Licensed Investment Managers for Nambawan Super.”

“Appointing David in 2020 as Deputy CIO was planned to allow time for upskilling and knowledge transfer through a well-managed transition.”

Mr Kitchnoge, known as Kitch to his peers across PNG’s investment and financial sector, was appointed to a succession role of Deputy Chief Investment Officer in early 2020.

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“Nambawan Super’s Chief Investment Officer is a big job, responsible for an ever-growing pool of capital, invested in assets worth more than K8 Billion, that are the savings of the 200,000+ members who expect their retirement savings to grow.

“I am confident David is ready for the role and this important position in PNG’s financial sector,”  Monagi said.

Monagi also thanked Dominic Beange who has worked for the Fund for the past two and half years, initially as a consultant before being appointed as CIO for 2-years.

“Dom had the task to both safeguard and grow member savings, and find a talented, local replacement.

“He has been actively working to upskill investment professionals in PNG during his time with the Fund, but also for more than 5 years before joining Nambawan Super in senior roles with Kina Bank and Nasfund,” Mr Monagi said.

“Dom won’t be leaving Nambawan Super yet, but has committed to stay on as a Senior Investment Consultant, providing important legacy knowledge and ongoing expertise and support, to ensure a smooth transition.”

Kitchnoge has described himself as a teacher’s son, who knows what superannuation means for members and that this opportunity to protect and grow essential retirement savings for everyday Papua New Guineans is both humbling and satisfying.



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