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Famous People From Papua New Guinea

Updated October 15, 2019 21.4k views156 items

List of famous people from Papua New Guinea, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Papua New Guinea, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Papua New Guinea you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Papua New Guinea, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

The list you're viewing is made up of people like David Mead and Hitolo Areni.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Papua New Guinea?" or "Which celebrities were born in Papua New Guinea?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Nathaniel Lepani

    Age: 39

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Nathaniel Lepani is a footballer from Papua New Guinea. Lepani plays as a forward for Australian side Edge Hill United at club level; he has represented Papua New Guinea national football team at...  more
  • BirthplaceLae, Papua New Guinea

    Paul Atherstone Grabowsky (born 27 September 1958) is an Australian pianist and composer....  more
  • Epeli Hau'ofa

    Dec. at 69 (1939-2009)

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Epeli Hauʻofa (7 December 1939 – 11 January 2009) was a Tongan and Fijian writer and anthropologist born of Tongan missionary parents in the Territory of Papua. He lived and taught in Fiji at the...  more
  • Warwick Parer

    Dec. at 77 (1936-2014)

    BirthplaceWau, Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea

    Warwick Raymond Parer, AM (6 April 1936 – 14 March 2014) was an Australian politician who was a Liberal member of the Australian Senate, representing the state of Queensland. He was a nephew of...  more
  • Niel Hans

    Age: 33

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Niel Hans is a Papua New Guinean soccer player who plays for Hekari United....  more
  • Nichola Goddard

    Dec. at 26 (1980-2006)

    BirthplaceMadang, Papua New Guinea

    Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, MSM (May 2, 1980 – May 17, 2006) was the first female Canadian combat soldier killed in combat, and the 16th Canadian soldier killed in Canadian operations in...  more
  • Gari Moka

    Age: 37

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Gari Moka (born 16 November 1983) in Papua New Guinea is a footballer who plays as a Forward. He has played for ANZ University, Eastern Stars and Monsah Blues. He currently plays for Nunawading City...  more
  • Leslie Kalai

    Age: 36

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Leslie Kalai is a Papua New Guinean soccer player who plays for Hekari United....  more
  • Valentine Nelson

    Age: 34

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Valentine Nelson is a Papua New Guinean footballer who plays as a defender....  more
  • Jamal Seeto

    Age: 30

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    Jamal Seeto is a Papua New Guinean footballer who plays as a forward....  more
  • BirthplaceNew Britain, Papua New Guinea

    Jonathan Mark Weiss (born May 3, 1942) is an American scholar of French literature and social science whose extensive publications include literary and theatre criticism, essays on Franco-American...  more
  • Tonga Esira

    Age: 33

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Tonga Esira is a Papua New Guinean soccer player who plays for Hekari United....
  • John Wilshere

    Age: 43

    BirthplacePapua New Guinea

    John Wilshere (born 5 May 1978) is a Papua New Guinean former professional rugby league footballer who last played for the Salford City Reds....  more
  • Henari Veratau

    Age: 37

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Henari Veratau (born 3 January 1984 ) is a Papa New Guinean international rugby union footballer who played for the Queensland Reds and ACT Brumbies, who originally played rugby league for the Sydney...  more
  • James Segeyaro

    Age: 30

    BirthplaceGoroka, Papua New Guinea

    James Segeyaro (born 11 November 1990) is a Papua New Guinean-Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a hooker for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL who plays for Papua New Guinea...  more
  • Julius Chan

    Age: 81

    BirthplaceTanga Islands, Papua New Guinea

    Sir Julius Chan (born 29 August 1939) served as Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea from 1980 to 1982 and from 1994 to 1997. He is Member of Parliament for New Ireland Province, having won the seat...  more
  • Ryan Pini

    Age: 39

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Ryan John Pini MBE (born 10 December 1981 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) is a 4-time Olympic swimmer from Papua New Guinea. He swam for PNG at the 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 Olympics; also...  more
  • Scott Daruda

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceArawa, Papua New Guinea

    Scott Daruda (born 17 February 1986) is an Australian rugby union player. After playing for Manly RUFC he shift North debuting for Bond University. His usual position is either at fly-half or in the...  more
  • Reggie Davani

    Age: 41

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Reginald "Reggie" Davani (born 5 February 1980) is a former Papua New Guinea footballer, who is currently acting Senior Men's coach at Western Pride FC.He is Papua New Guinea's all-time record...  more
  • BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Megan Alexanda Washington (born 7 January, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) is an Australian-based musician and songwriter, who works mononymously as Washington. Originally performing jazz music, her...  more
  • Theresa Tona

    Age: 30

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Theresa Tona is a taekwondo practitioner from Papua New Guinea. She competed in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics....  more
  • Bill Skate

    Dec. at 52 (1953-2006)

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Sir William Jack "Bill" Skate, (26 September 1953 – 3 January 2006) was a prominent Papua New Guinea politician. He was the son of an Australian father and a Papua New Guinean mother. Though his...  more
  • Dika Toua

    Age: 37

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Loa Dika Toua (born 23 June 1984) is a Papua New Guinean weightlifter who competes regularly in the 53 kg weight class. She is an 11 time, as well as the current, Oceania champion and a former...  more
  • Toea Wisil

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceWestern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea

    Toea Wisil is an athlete from Papua New Guinea who specializes in sprint. She was selected as her nation's flag bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations. In her race, she impressed...  more
  • David Mead

    Age: 32

    BirthplacePort Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    David Mead (born David Moore on 4 November 1988) is a Papua New Guinean professional rugby league footballer who plays as a winger, centre or fullback for the Catalans Dragons in the Super League and...  more