Chief Executive Officer & Director

CEO and Director, Paga Hill Development Company (PNG) Ltd

Gudmundur Fridriksson (Gummi) is a business leader with over 30 years experience in managing major projects in Papua New Guinea, Europe, China, Hong Kong and Australia. He is experienced in managing organisations and delivering complex projects within politically sensitive, logistically challenging and culturally diverse locations.

With a vision to develop a world-class master planned estate on Paga Hill, Gudmundur Fridriksson co-founded Paga Hill Development Company (PNG) Ltd in 1996 to acquire the 13.7 hectare site.

Prior to focusing full time on the development of Paga Hill Estate, Gudmundur was CEO of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership (CYI) from December 2010 to November 2012. In December 2011, Gudmundur led the transition of CYI from an academic centre within Griffith University to a Cape York Corporation Ltd. This preceded a broader restructure of the Cape York Group. He was the Deputy CEO of Cape York Partnerships for Welfare Reform (CYP) from January 2009 to November 2010.

Gudmundur also led the Welfare Reform Program Office, in conjunction with Australian and Queensland Government representatives, in providing oversight of the Cape York Welfare Reform trial; a comprehensive social development program. Gudmundur was seconded to CYI from Balkanu Development Corporation, from September 2007 to December 2008, to manage design and development of the strategic plan for the implementation of Welfare Reform.

In 2006, Gudmundur moved from PNG to Australia to work at Balkanu Development Corporation as project manager for the Mossman Gorge community to unlock benefits from the 500,000 annual visitors to this World Heritage area. The world-class Indigenous eco-tourism facility, known as the Mossman Gorge Centre, was officially opened in August 2012. Read more: 

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