Regional President, Pacific Islands, Global University for Lifelong Learning
Dr Samuel Tam MBE, CSI, OL, Regional President, Pacific Islands, Global University for Lifelong Learning, is commonly known as ‘Papa Sam’ by thousands of grassroots people in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and other countries. Sam has been helping grassroots people for 40 years and in 1994, he founded the EDTC ‘Personal Viability’ programme - an Innovative solution for poverty alleviation and alternate education. Since then, PV has trained more than 25,000 people in all 20 provinces of PNG and in other countries.
Sam was in born in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea and he is the founder of the Stretpasin Stoa scheme that has trained Papua New Guineans to become trade store owners and managers for the past 30 years. It is one of the most successful programmes in the history of the PNG Development Bank. Among many other roles, Sam served as a Director of the Papua New Guinea Development Bank for 2 terms from 1982–1988.
In 1981, Sam was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the community and in 2007, Sam was awarded the PNG Order of Logohu (OL) and the Cross of Solomon Islands (CSI), respectively, in further recognition of his services to the community.
In November 2008, EDTC affiliated with the Global University of Lifelong Learning so as to provide PV members with the opportunity to work towards professional certificates, diplomas and degrees throughout the Pacific region and in parts of South East Asia.