PNG Chamber of Resources and Energy

The PNG Chamber of Resources & Energy (CORE) is a non-profit, leading industry association. We represent the mining and petroleum sectors, along with related industries in Papua New Guinea. 

Established in 1987, the Chamber has evolved over more than 30 years, earning respect from the wider business community, civil society, the industry itself, and the Government. 


We host international and local conferences, workshops, and seminars, produce publications relevant to the industry, and act as a vital link between the Government and the industry. Our focus is on key policies and legislation that affect both the industry and the nation. 


Our mission is to showcase and enhance the potential of Papua New Guinea in mineral and petroleum exploration. We are committed to developing a world-class, sustainable resources industry. Our goal is to create benefits that significantly improve the welfare of all Papua New Guineans. 

Mission Statement 

To promote the mineral and petroleum exploration potential of Papua New Guinea and the development of a world-class sustainable resources industry that provides benefit streams to improve the welfare of all Papua New Guineans. 

The Council

The Chamber is governed by a Council of 12 Councillors elected by the Full and Associate Members and headed by a President, a Senior Vice President, and a Vice President. The administrative arm of the organisation is run by the Secretariat, which is headed by an Executive Director. 

The Council is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Chamber and meetings are convened on a monthly basis. The Council is chaired by the President. The President, Senior Vice President and Vice President serve a term of one year. Other Councillors serve a term of two years.

Executive Council

Mr. Anthony Smaré


Mr. Richard Kassman OBE
Senior Vice President

Public Affairs Manager
TotalEnergies E&P PNG Limited

Mr. Philip Samar
Vice President

Vice President External
K92 Mining Limited


Mr. Andrew John Harris

Head of Tax and Business Services
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Mr. Mark McMonagle

Chief Executive Officer
Sun Engineering Ltd
Australia / PNG / China

Mr. Hitesh Lal

Executive General Manager, External Affairs
ExxonMobil (PNG)

Mr. John Lewins

Chief Executive Officer
K92 Mining Limited

Mr. Stanley Kome Komunt

Country Manager (PNG)
Newcrest Mining

Mr. Leon Buskens

Country Chair (PNG)
Santos Limited

Mr. Albert Kaupa Tobe

Manager Community Affairs
Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd

Mr. Kepas Wali

Executive General Manager - Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Affairs PNG
Harmony Gold PNG Exploration Ltd


The PNG CORE Secretariat

The PNG CORE team is dedicated to hosting international and local conferences, workshops, and seminars, producing publications pertinent to the industry, and serving as an essential bridge between the government and the industry. Their focus on pivotal policies and legislation impacts both the industry and the nation, reflecting their objectives to support and facilitate industry growth and compliance.

The Papua New Guinea Chamber of Resources and Energy is a non-profit peak industry organization which exists to promote and advance the growth and prosperity of the mining and petroleum industry in PNG, consistent with national interest.

The Chamber also seeks to create the best possible environment in the public and private sectors for the industry to develop and expand, by being the primary source of information for the mining and petroleum industry and by representing the industry’s best interest to the government and nation, in those areas which members agree are best handled on a cooperative basis.

PNG CORE Secretariat

Pansy Taueni-Sialis
Chief Operating Officer​
Gretel Orake​

Policy & Analysis

Douglas Relgang​

Finance & Administration

Meriba Tulo

Communications & Public Relations

Sheryl Peter
Team Lead

Events Coordinator

Talk to Us!

If you have any enquiries about PNG CORE or the resources and energy industry, don’t hesitate to reach out. Use the form below to send your questions.

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