Founding executive director of Chamber of Mines and Petroleum Greg Anderson has been recognized in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Chamber president Gerea Aopi said Anderson’s recognition as an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) is fitting for someone who has devoted almost his entire life to Papua New Guinea’s development through his many contributions in the mineral and petroleum sectors.
“Greg’s illustrious career spans over three decades in the resource industry,” Mr Aopi said.
Anderson first arrived in PNG in 1975 from Australia where he worked with the PNG Geological Survey as an engineering geologist and later as the country’s chief government geologist with the department of mineral and energy.
In 1989 Mr Anderson was appointed the executive director of the newly established PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, a position he held until 2017.
Mr Aopi said under his leadership spanning 29 years he built a professional organisation with strong credibility and respect, not just in PNG, but regionally as well.
“It is indeed an honour and a privilege for Mr Anderson and his family where the Government has nominated him and he has been recognized by Her Majesty the Queen,” Mr Aopi said.
The Chamber also congratulated one of its council members Sir Melchior Togolo on his knighthood for his service to economic development, particularly in the mining and petroleum sectors and to the community.