Bob Dadae

Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae GCL GCMG KStJ (born 8 March 1961)[1] is a Papua New Guinean politician who serves as the tenth and current Governor-General of Papua New Guinea. He assumed office as the tenth governor-general on 28 February 2017, succeeding Michael Ogio.[2]

Sir Bob Dadae
Dadae in 2019
10th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
Assumed office
28 February 2017
MonarchsElizabeth II
Charles III
Prime Minister
Preceded byTheo Zurenuoc (acting)
Personal details
Born (1961-03-08) 8 March 1961
Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Political partyUnited Party (until 2012)
People's National Congress (2012–present)
SpouseLady Dadae
Alma mater

He was educated at the Ombo Lutheran Agency in Derim and the Bugandi High School, before completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Papua New Guinea (1988) and Master of Business Administration degree from Griffith University (1995). Prior to his election to parliament, he was an accountant for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea and a board member of the Christian Press publishing house.[3]

Sir Bob meeting Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General of New Zealand, in London, 2022

He was elected to the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea at the 2002 election as the United Party member for Kabwum Open, becoming the party's deputy leader after the election. He became Deputy Speaker in 2004. He was again re-elected at the 2007 election, and served as Minister for Defence under Michael Somare from 2007 to 2011. He crossed to the People's National Congress after Somare's 2011 ouster, and was re-elected under that banner at the 2012 election.[3]

He was appointed to the Order of St Michael and St George on 5 May 2017.[4] He was appointed to the Order of St John on 18 August 2017.[5]

Dadae was nominated to run for a second term as Governor-General in December 2022 alongside Winnie Kiap and Stephen Pokawin.[6]


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  2. Kisselpar, Joy (1 February 2017). "Bob Dadae named next Governor-General of Papua New Guinea". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. "Hon. Bob Dadae, MP". Parliament of Papua New Guinea. Archived from the original on 3 February 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  4. "No. 61920". The London Gazette. 5 May 2017. p. 9404.
  5. "No. 62028". The London Gazette. 18 August 2017.
  6. "Race for head of state". Retrieved 23 December 2022.

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