Management Team

Acting Executive Director
Sangion first started working with RCF in July 2000 when she was offered a part-time job as the Conservation Education Resource Center Officer. In November 2000, she left teaching to joined RCF on a full time job as the CERC Officer/Teacher Trainer and was instrumental in developing the Conservation Education Program’s Pre-service Teacher Training courses at Balob Teachers College and University of Goroka in 2001. Sangion was promoted to Senior Teacher Trainer and later as the Conservation Education Program Manager in 2007, a position she held until leaving for further studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand in 2012. On returning to RCF in April 2016, she has been acting as the Executive Director, a new position created by RCF. Sangion has a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) from the former University of Papua New Guinea’s Goroka Teachers College and also a Bachelor of Education (In-service) from UPNG. She also holds a Master of Education from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and a Master of Science from the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Sangion has just completed all the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Waikato and is waiting to graduate in April 2017.

Program Manager
Natural Resource Management
Robert Bino first started working with RCF in June 1995 when he joined the Crater Mountain Project team as the Field Research Coordinator. He was based in the village of Maimafu, Lufa District, Eastern Highlands Province. In January 1999, Robert was promoted to the position of Crater Mountain Project Manager, in which he relocated to the RCF HQ in Goroka. In 2003, he was again promoted to the position of the General Manager of RCF, the position in which he held for about 12 months before it was made redundant by the Board of RCF. After a period of absence from RCF for several years, Robert returned to employment with the Foundation in 2012, as the NRMP Manager, the position in which he holds up to the present. Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Biology from the University of PNG (UPNG). He also holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Science, in Biology as well, from UPNG. In addition, he has a Master of Environmental Management and Development from the Australian National University (ANU). Robert is currently finishing off his PhD thesis in Resource Management, also at the ANU.

Program Manageress

Conservation Education
Emmie Betabete is Program Manager of the Conservation Education Program. She joined the organization in January 2002. Mrs Betabete has 13 years’ experience as an Environmental Educator and teacher trainer. Emmie holds a Master in Environmental Education from Macquarie University, Post Graduate Diploma in Education from University of Goroka, Post Graduate Certificate in Pacific NGO Leadership and Management from Unitec – New Zealand, and Bachelor of Arts from University of PNG.