Peter Botten

Mr Peter Botten BSc ARSM CBE


Peter joined Oil Search in 1992, just after oil and gas production started from Papua New Guinea’s Kutubu and Hides fields. He was appointed Managing Director in 1994 and has overseen the growth of Oil Search from a market capitalisation of around A$300 million to more than A$14 billion. It is presently around A$11 billion, impacted by the present low oil price environment. Peter is the longest-serving CEO on the ASX. For two years in a row, he has been included on the Harvard Business Review’s list of the 100 Best-Performing CEOs in the world.

After graduating from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College London in 1976, Peter joined the French energy group Cogema as a specialist sedimentologist. With Cogema, Peter worked across Africa, Europe and North America. Subsequent work with Kufpec, and later Petroz, saw Peter fill both technical and management roles in Africa and South East Asia.

Peter has been a leader in the Papua New Guinea petroleum industry for more than 20 years. He was formerly President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is a Council Member of the Australia PNG Business Council. He is the Chairman of the Oil Search Foundation, which is delivering major health and education programs in Papua New Guinea, in partnership with the National Department of Health, the Global Fund and the Australian Government.

In 2016, Peter was appointed to AGL Energy’s Board of Directors. He is also Chairman of the Hela Provincial Health Authority, the National Football Stadium Board in Port Moresby, and Business for Development Board in Australia.

He was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2008 in the Queen’s Honours List for services to the community, mining and petroleum industries in Papua New Guinea.


Gerea Aopi

Mr Gerea Aopi CBE


Gerea Aopi was appointed to the Oil Search Board in 2006 and presently fills the position of Executive General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement a post he took up in August 1998.

He has achieved several tertiary degrees in Papua New Guinea and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Queensland.

Gerea has substantial public service experience and business experience in Papua New Guinea, having a long and distinguished career in government, filling a number of important positions including Secretary for Finance and Planning and Managing Director of Telikom PNG Limited.

He is the President of PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and a director of Bank of South Pacific, Steamships Trading Company, POMSOX, Marsh Limited, Oil Search Health Foundation and a number of other private sector and charitable organisations in Papua New Guinea.

He was the former chairman of the Independent Public Business Corporation and Telikom PNG Limited.


Stephanie Copus-Campbell

Ms Stephanie Copus-Campbell


Stephanie Copus-Campbell has worked in the field of philanthropy, aid and international development since 1993. She is currently an Executive Director on the Board of the Oil Search Foundation focusing on health, education and women’s empowerment programs in Papua New Guinea.

Her experience includes Executive Director of the Harold Mitchell Foundation, Principal Executive for International Programs for CARE Australia, lecturer at Deakin University and international humanitarian coordinator for Australian Red Cross, Western Australia.

From 2009- 2011, Ms Copus-Campbell was the head of Australia’s $500 million aid program with Papua New Guinea. She was also posted to Suva, Fiji, as head of Australia’s aid program with Fiji and the Pacific region and has had previous postings to PNG.

She is on the Board of UNICEF Australia, the Harold Mitchell Foundation, the PNG based City Pharmacy Group Foundation and Famili PNG, an NGO committed to supporting survivors of family violence. She is also on the Advisory Board of Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute for Health and Education and the Advisory Board of the University of New South Wales Canberra.

Ms Copus-Campbell holds an MPHIL degree from Cambridge University in international relations and a bachelor’s degree from University of California in political science, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

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