Peter Charles Paire O’Neill, CMG (born 13 February 1965) is the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea. He is the leader of the People’s National Congress and represents the constituency of Ialibu-Pangia. He was sworn in on 4 August 2012 as the ninth Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.
The Prime Minister grew up in the country of PNG and he was educated at the Pangia Primary School, Ialibu High School and Goroka High School. After leaving school he was educated at the University of Papua New Guinea, graduating with a Bachelor of Accountancy and Commerce in 1986.
The Prime Minister was a businessman before entering politics. As of 2011 he lives in Port Moresby with his partner and has five children; two daughters (Loris and Joanne O’Neill) and three sons (Travis, Brian and Patrick O’Neill).
He became the leader of Papua New Guinea’s opposition in 2004. He joined the government of Prime Minister Michael Somare in 2007, serving as treasurer.
In August 2011 he joined with opposition MPs. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was elected as the acting Prime Minister in a parliamentary vote on 2 August 2011 and was sworn in later in the day by the Governor-General.
Hon. Charles Abel is a Member of Parliament for Alotau electorate and formally the Minister for Planning. First Elected to the 8th National Parliament for the Alotau Open Electorate in the 2007 General Elections as an Independent candidate, he then joined the National Alliance Party. Appointment as Minister for Culture and Tourism in the Somare-Temu cabinet on the 29/8/2007 till resignation from government in July 2010 to join the Morauta led opposition. Appointed Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry on 5/8/2011 in the O'Neill-Namah cabinet.Re-elected to the 9th National Parliament for the Alotau Open Electorate in the 2012 General Elections as an People`s National Congress Party candidate. Appointed Minister for National Planning in the O'Neill-Dion cabinet.
Hon.Dr Fabian Pok was first elected to the 6th National Parliament for North Wahgi Open seat in the 1997 General Elections as an independent Appointed Minister for Forests from July 1997-July 1998, then responsibilities as Minister for Public Enterprise and Minister for Communications from April 1998 till resignation from the Skate government in June 1999. Led a bloc of independent MP's in the formation of the Morauta government in July 1999. Joined PDM after formation of government. Named in Sir Mekere Morauta's caretaker cabinet as Minister for Trade and Tourism, Commerce and Industry, and Police on the 15/07/99. Confirmed Minister for Lands and Physical Planning on the 26/07/99, then given added responsibilities as Minister for Petroleum and Energy in March 2000 till November 2000. Relinquished Lands and Physical Planning portfolio in April 2000. Appointed Minister for Labor and Employment on the 21/10/2001.
Hon. Sam Basil MPMinister of Communications, Information Technology & EnergyPapua New Guinea
Hon. Sam Basil MP
Minister of Communications, Information Technology & Energy
Papua New Guinea
Hon.Sam Basil was re-elected to the 10th National Parliament as the member for Bulolo Open Electorate seat as a Member of the Pangu Party during the 2017 General Elections. He is the current Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy. Hon. Basil was first Elected to the 8th National Parliament for the Bulolo Open Electorate in the 2007 General Elections as a People's Progress Party candidate. He has held various positions within government including being appointed member of Parliamentary Referral Committee on Lands and Environment and the Special Committee on Gas and Energy as Deputy Chairman.
Hon. Joe OliverFormer Minister of Natural Resources & Former Minister of FinanceCanada
Hon. Joe Oliver
Former Minister of Natural Resources & Former Minister of Finance
Dairi VeleSecretary- Treasury DepartmentPapua New Guinea
Secretary- Treasury Department
Papua New Guinea
Mr Dairi Vele is the Secretary for the Papua New Guinea Department of Treasury, a position he has held since August 2013. Interestingly, Dairi is the first Secretary for Treasury in PNG to have occupied the position his father the late Morea Vele held twice before. Dairi studied Economics at the Australian National University where he attained his Bachelors Degree in Economics in the year 2000. Prior to joining Treasury, Mr Vele was twice the Director of the Gas Projects Coordination Office from 2007 to 2010 and 2012 to 2013 where he was heavily involved in the successful negotiation of the PNG LNG project on behalf of the State. He was also the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Company of PNG (NPCP) from 2010 to 2011.
Mr Peter Koim is a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Papua New Guinea, graduating in 1987. He has worked in the oil and gas sector in PNG for 22 years, 6 of which were focused in the downstream and 16 upstream. Peter has held senior positions at both ExxonMobil and Chevron and is now the Director, Gas Projects Coordination Office for the Government of Papua New Guinea.
Mr Kepsey Puiye's previous engagements have included- Head of Petroleum Economics, Acting Director- Petroleum, Acting Deputy secretary. He graduated with the Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics, then obtained a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Energy Policy from the University of Dundee, Scotland, UK. In 1996 he got a Diploma in Petroleum Policy & Management- PETRAD, Norway, 1996. Mr Puiye also underwent many international and domestic training programs, predominantly in the oil & gas disciplines.
The major projects he was involved in are the PNG LNG Project- which he was heavily involved: he signed the Permits to Construct the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant and the LNG Plant after undertaking a comprehensive technical vetting of the engineering and design of the project facilities. He was also involved in almost all the existing petroleum projects in PNG. Finally, Mr Kepsey Puiye is heavily involved in almost all the new projects.
Mr Wapu Sonk has two decades of experience as a Papua New Guinean leader in the oil & gas industry as the industry itself matured from being an oil exporting country to now LNG exporter. He was appointed Managing Director of the National Petroleum Company of PNG in January 2013. He has occupied numerous leadership roles in the Petroleum Industry of PNG since beginning his career with Chevron Nuigini Pty Ltd in 1997. These roles include Director – PNG LNG Project – IPBC (2012), Chairperson of Society of Petroleum Engineers (PNG Section) (2011), Technical Manager, Kumul Petroleum – Managing a Multi Skilled Team of Geologist & Engineers (2010-2011), Drilling & Completions Engineer – Oil Search Head Office – Sydney office, Australia (2007-2009), Night Shift Drilling Rig Operations Supervisor (2006 – 2007) and, Field Coordinator, PNG to QLD Gas Pipeline Project FEED Team – Manage Multinational team (2005). Mr Sonk is also a member of the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), Society of Petroleum Engineers (Worldwide), and Institute of Engineers PNG.
Carolyn has 25 years’ experience in private sector finance, development and infrastructure with the last 15 years in the Pacific. Following a successful corporate banking career working with Australian top tier banks, in 2009, Carolyn moved permanently to Papua New Guinea to establish the International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank) where she led the office for the next four years. Following a stint overseeing key projects for Hawkins Infrastructure, New Zealand, Carolyn had been engaged by the Government of PNG in Treasury as their specialist adviser with a specific mandate to accelerate infrastructure development and create a pipeline of bankable projects to attract high quality developers and investors to PNG. More recently Carolyn has taken over a new role as Acting Manging Director at PNG Power. She is known for her strong track record of taking large, complex projects through to successful delivery. She lives and works in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Augustine ManoManaging DirectorMineral Resource Development Company (MRDC)
Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC)
Mr Augustine Sanga Mano was appointed the Managing Director & CEO of Mineral Resources Development Company in March 2008. MRDC is a state owned entity that manages all Royalties and Equities for Landowners and Provincial Governments in Mining and Petroleum Projects in PNG. Mr Mano has been involved in both mining and petroleum industries for the last ten years. He has been actively involved in various capacity in construction, transport, finance, insurance, aviation and the hospitality industry. He is the Chairman of The Star Mountains Plaza, The Pearl Resort in Fiji, Taumeasina Hotels in Samoa and Inspac. He currently serves on the Boards of all MRDC Group of Companies namely, Mineral Resource Star Mountains, Mineral Resources Ok Tedi No.2, Petroleum Resources Kutubu, Petroleum Resources Moran and Petroleum Resources Gobe and many other subsidiaries of MRDC. He is also on the boards of Hevilift, PNG Air and Bank South Pacific (BSP).
Mr Andrew Barry is the Managing Director of ExxonMobil PNG Limited, the operator for the PNG LNG Project Joint Venture. He is also Lead Country Manager for ExxonMobil in Papua New Guinea. He has more than 20 years’ international experience in the oil and gas industry working with ExxonMobil. Before he came to PNG, he was President of ExxonMobil Canada where he was responsible for ExxonMobil’s production, development and exploration activities across Canada. He started his career in Australia and has also worked in Qatar. His experience covers a wide range of roles including engineering, operations, strategic planning and LNG marketing. Mr Barry has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree, with First Class Honors from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne. Mr Barry is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Council member for the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Council and the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum. Mr Barry is married and has three children.
Mr Peter Botten was appointed Managing Director on 28 October 1994, having previously filled both exploration and general manager roles in the company since joining in 1992. He has extensive worldwide experience in the oil and gas business, previously holding various senior technical and managerial positions in a number of listed and government owned organisations.
Mr Botten is a former President of the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is on the Executive Committee of the Australia PNG Business Council. He is Chairman of Business for Development, the Hela Provincial Health Authority and the National Football Stadium Trust in Port Moresby. Mr Botten is also a Director of AGL Energy.
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to commerce and the mining and petroleum industry in Papua New Guinea.
Dr Fereidun Fesharaki is the Founder and Chairman of FGE. His work is well-recognized worldwide for pioneering oil and gas market analysis and studies of the Asia Pacific/Middle East energy markets since the early 1980s. Dr Fesharaki received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Surrey in England and then completed a Visiting Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Joined the East-West Center in 1979 and was a Senior Fellow leading energy-related research till end 2013. In 1989, Dr Fesharaki was elected a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 1991, a member of the International Advisory Board of JX Holdings (and its predecessor companies)—Japan’s largest oil company. Dr. Fesharaki was the 1993 President of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE). In 1995, elected a Senior Fellow of the US Association for Energy Economics for distinguished services in the field of energy economics. In 2002, appointed a Senior Associate of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. In 2008, Dr Fesharaki was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by then US Secretary of Energy and re-appointed by Secretary Moniz in April 2016. Received the Outstanding Contributions to the IAEE Award in 2012. He was a member of the Advisory Board of VOPAK LNG from 2013 to 2015. In 2014, appointed as Honorary Advisor by CNPC Research Institute of Economics and Technologies in Beijing. Dr Fesharaki is the recipient of the 2016 Adelman-Frankel Award from the US Association for Energy Economics (USAEE) for his unique and innovative contribution to the field of energy economics. In March 2017, Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) appointed him as a Director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Limited (DME). Since 2009, he has been a member of the DME Board of Directors.
Mr Jim Collings is the Country Manager and Director of Puma Energy’s businesses in Papua New Guinea. His senior management and board career experience spans multiple geographies across a range of industries including FMCG, Telecommunications, Strategic consultancy and the Oil industry. Jim joined Puma Energy in PNG in 2015 following 10 years running Shell’s businesses and holding a number of board positons in New Zealand and Australia. His oil industry experience cut across upstream, through refining to the retail market.
Combined with Jim’s active business leadership roles, he has a number of years providing strategic consultancy across a broad industry portfolio from start-up organisations through to multi-national companies. In Jim’s various roles he has actively driven the CSR activities of his organisations to deliver positive outcomes in the communities these businesses have been a part of.
Mr Jonathan Bloch has over 30 years’ experience in the exploration, mining and resource banking sectors. Since late 2002, Jonathan has been responsible for heading the strategic banking business across ANZ’s Resources, Energy and Infrastructure (REI) global client base. His mandate is to engage with clients across the bank’s global business portfolio, working closely with a wide cross section of ANZ’s Australian and offshore bankers. This involves originating and managing complex Australian and cross border relationships, structured capital solutions and advisory opportunities. In PNG, he has worked on evaluation and finance solutions for projects including Lihir, Tolokuma, Hidden Valley, Elk-Antelope/Papua LNG, PNG LNG expansion and Frieda River. He has led numerous award winning structured transactions across the LNG, Petrochemicals, Gas and Base Metals industries. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Degree in Geology from the West Australian School of Mines. In addition to his minerals based qualification and experience, he has also undertaken intensive industry based training in petroleum reservoir engineering, LNG and petrochemical project fundamentals.
Ian MunroExecutive General Manager - Gas Business DevelopmentOil Search
Executive General Manager - Gas Business Development
Ian joined Oil Search in August 2013 to drive growth of the Company's gas business and deliver opportunities for gas commercialisation. Ian's career spans more than 27 years in the oil and gas industry, including senior technical and commercial roles at ExxonMobil and Woodside Petroleum. Ian holds a Masters Degree in Petroleum Geology and has extensive experience in Joint Venture and commercial management, along with the delivery to sanction of major LNG projects.
Thyl KintPrincipal Industry Specialist - Global Gas & LNGIFC
Principal Industry Specialist - Global Gas & LNG
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