Acting Chief Ombudsman Richard Pagen was officically sworn in on Tuesday 28 July 2020 by the Governor General as the Chief Ombudsman Commissioner. Serving as the Acting Chief Ombudsman as of the 5th October 2019 up until this official appointment.
Ombudsman Richard Pagen has a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea and an Honours Degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia.
Prior to joining the Ombudsman Commission in 1999, Ombudsman Pagen has served as a Geologist with Minorco Exploration Ltd based in Port Moresby, CRA Exploration in Australia and Anglo America Mining Exploration based in Mt. Hagen; an Interim Director, National Anti-Corruption Alliance (NACA), now commonly known as Task Force Sweep, Director of the Ombudsman Commission Leadership Division and an Ombudsman.
A key policy which Mr Pagen is looking to introduce is legislation that looks at conflict of interest where public servants are held accountable to their roles and personal assets and not use their roles within the public sector for financial gains. An issue that is plaguing PNG’s public service system.
Ombudsman Pagen has had vast prior experiences in both the public and private sector employments. He hails from Laiagam District in the Enga Province.