Petroleum Resources Gobe Ltd

Board of Directors

Matthew Sisimolu

Mathew Sisimolu - Chairman

Mr. Mathew Sisimolu is the chairman of Wolutou Incorporated Landowner Group (ILG) representing the Gobe PDL4 landowners. He is a community landowner leader and a businessman, who has been representing his people since the start of the Gobe Oil project. He has been involved in the Kutubu and Gobe oil projects, through drilling activities, and is a trained level 3 safety officer. He was appointed to the Board of PRG in August 2019 and serves as Chairman and Non Executive Director.

Augustine Mano - Managing Director & CEO – Executive Director

Mr. Augustine Sanga Mano was appointed the Managing Director & CEO of Mineral Resources Development Company in March 2008. Mr. Mano graduated with Degrees in Economics and Arts majoring in Environmental Science from the University of Papua New Guinea and holds Master of Science in Petroleum Economics from Dundee University, Scotland. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mano was involved in the civil constructions, real estate, transport and insurance. He currently serves as Director on the board of MRDC, Mineral Resources Star Mountains, Mineral Resources Ok Tedi No. 2, Mineral Resources Ramu, Petroleum Resources Kutubu, Petroleum Resources Moran and Petroleum Resources Gobe. He is Chairman of the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Fiji, Star Mountains Plaza and Taumeasina Resort in Samoa. He is also serving as a Director on various company boards including Hevilift, PNG Air, Bank South Pacific and Ok Tedi Mining Limited.

Hon. Chris Haiveta MP - Non-Executive ​​Director (Ex Officio)

Mr. Christopher Haiveta is the Governor of Gulf Province.  He sits on the board of PRG by virtue of his position as Governor. Haiveta first entered parliament in 1992. He has held various senior position in government since then, including serving as Deputy Prime Minister twice. He was leader of the Pangu Party between 1993 and 2002.

Hon. William Powi MP - Non-Executive ​​Director (Ex Officio)

Governor William Powi is serving his second term as Governor for Southern Highlands Province. He was elected into office in 2012 after serving in the Province as the Provincial Administrator. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of PNG and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

David Manau - Non-Executive Director (Ex Officio)

Mr David Manau was appointed to the position of Secretary for the Department of Petroleum and Energy in February, 2020. A position he held in an Acting role from 2016 to January 2017. By virtue of his current position Mr. Manau sits on the boards of Petroleum Resources Kutubu, Petroleum Resources Moran, Petroleum Resources Gobe, Gas Resources PNGLNG Plant limited and Gas Resources PNGLNG Pipeline Limited.

Manau was the Acting Assistant Director Petroleum Policy within the Petroleum Division of the DPE before his appointment to Secretary. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Bachelor Degree in Lands Studies (BLS), PNG University of Technology. Mr. Manau is a highly experienced professional in the Oil and Gas industry and brings with him years of expertise in state and landowner work.



James Kaia

James Kaia - Director

James Kaia is a landowner leader and an aspiring politician from Gobe, he was appointed to the board of PRG in August 2019. He has a wide experience in Community Affairs work. He has worked with Chevron Niugini then onto OilSearch playing an active role in representing the developer and mitigating landowner issues during the early days of the Kutubu Oil project. He was also a candidate in the 2017 National Election in the Kikori Open seat. He now plays an active role proving leadership in resolving long standing issues within Gobe landowners to allow them to see that they receive their benefits.



Fred Kitapa

Fred Kitapa - Director

Mr. Fred Kitapa was appointed to the board of PRG as a Non Executive Director in August 2019. He is a primary school teacher by profession and has taught in various schools in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces since 1983. He is actively involved in his community and represents his people of Gobe in various landowner negotiations and issues with government stakeholders and developers.