Head to Head


The PNG powerhouse

Papua New Guinea’s Oil Search made a smart move in 1998 when it found an employment opportunity for Gerea Aopi who, like the company itself, has gone on to make a significant impact in the country.


Life in the industry spotlight

‘Career regulator’ Stuart Smith, who heads Australia’s offshore watchdog Nopsema, talks about BP’s Great Australian Bight decision and how the organisation has grown into its role


Kgogo still thinking global

Chief executive of South Africa’s SacOil aims to expand player’s production portfolio and make the most of its financial clout


Driving force behind OVL

ONGC Videsh managing director Narendra Kumar Verma believes the company can make the move from junior partner to major producer in the next five years


Rewriting the rulebook

Following in her father’s footsteps, Karen Buchwald Wright has turned the family business into one that can weather the storm


Bennett’s baptism by fire

The new chief executive at Australian contractor Clough arrived as the industry was stuck in a harsh downturn — but Peter Bennett believes he has what it takes to steer the company through it


Master of all he surveys

Having been handed the top job at seismic player TGS, Kristian Johansen is relaxed and upbeat about weathering the downturn


Higgs’ mission accomplished

Mustang co-founder and spar platform pioneer Bill Higgs opens a new chapter after an eventful career in the oil and gas industry


Power behind the throne

Saudi Arabia’s Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih is softly-spoken, streetwise, statesmanlike — and a safe pair of hands