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Our Program

The latest program for the 2018 Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference, to be held on 6 and 7 August, at the Sofitel Brisbane Central, Australia.

The themes of this year's conference are innovation and sustainability, with Day 2 dedicated entirely to infrastructure, transport and logistics.

NB The details of speakers and sessions may be subject to change (* indicates invited).


0900 Welcome and opening remarks

0910 Opening address

  • The Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea*

0950 Keynote Address: ‘Opportunities for business in a low carbon future’

  • Professor Tim Flannery
The 2016 Paris Accord has committed governments, including Papua New Guinea's, to global action on climate change. What does this mean for business? and what will the challenges and opportunities be?
A leading thinker on climate change, Tim Flannery is the former director of the South Australian Museum and professor of Australian studies at Harvard, and is currently a professor at Sydney's Macquarie University.  In 2002, he became the first environmentalist to deliver the Australia Day address. In 2005, he was honoured as Australian Humanist of the Year and, in 2007, he was named Australian of the Year.

In 2006, Tim co-founded the Copenhagen Climate Council, and chaired the organisation until 2010, advising governments and businesses on environmental policy. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of scientists, became Australia's first chief climate commissioner in 2011 and in 2013 founded the Climate Council to continue communicating authoritative climate change information to the public.

As well as being a well-known author and broadcaster, Tim has a long connection with Papua New Guinea, having conducted significant field work there as a mammalogist and palaeontologist, during which he discovered a number of previously unknown species.


1030 Economic Update on Papua New Guinea

  • Ed Faber, Country Economist—PNG, Asian Development Bank
1100 Morning tea

1130 The Investors: Opportunities in a connected economy (panel discussion)

  • Paul Sayer, Chief Executive Officer, Nambawan Super
  • David Brown, Chief Investment Officer, Nasfund
  • Augustine Mano, Managing Director, Mineral Resources Development Corporation
  • Eric Kramer, Chief Executive Officer, PacWealth Capital

1215 LNG Update

  • Philippe Blanchard, Managing Director, Total E&P PNG*
  • Wapu Sonk, Managing Director, Kumul Petroleum Holdings*

1240 Bringing PNG and the Pacific into the global payments system

  • Craig Kirkland, Director of Pacific Islands, Mastercard

1300 Networking lunch

1400 The Facilitators: assessing PNG’s prevailing investment climate (panel discussion)

  • Zanie Theron, Managing Partner, KPMG PNG
  • Leon Buskens, Chairman, Investment Promotion Authority of PNG*
  • Tom Jacobs, Country Manager Pacific, IFC (a member of the World Bank Group)
  • Adrian Hughes, Managing Director, Westpac PNG *

1440 Case Studies: mining’s next wave

  • Moses Mondowa, Managing Director, Aiabba Minerals
  • Terry Larkan, Managing Director, Kalia Ltd

1500 Sustainable production in Papua New Guinea

  • Q&A with Robert Nilkare, Country Manager, New Britain Palm Oil NBPOL*

1530 Afternoon break

1545 Case study: Hornibrook NGI

  • Mal Lewis, Chairman, Hornibrook NGI


1600 The Innovators - four progressive entrepreneurs show how they are innovating in PNG

1640 Case Study: Loloata Island Resort

  • Lew Nielsen, Director, Loloata Island Resort, Lamana Development Ltd
1700 hrs Networking drinks

1830 hrs for 1900 hrs Official Conference Dinner at the Customs House


0830 ‘Coffee in Honiara’- Solomon Islands Business Update

  • Jay Bartlett, Chairman, Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce

Business links between Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are going from strength to strength. Grab a coffee from the Airways Café (open from 8am daily) and get a first-hand update on the Solomon Islands economy from the Chairman of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce.


0900 Welcome


0910 Ministerial address

  • William Duma, Minister of Public Enterprises and State Investments*


0930 PNG's infrastructure reportcard

  • Craig Lawrence, Principal, Lytton Advisory


0945 PNG’s telecommunications and IT future


  • Paul Statham, Regional Director, Digicel Pacific
  • Pablo Kang, Head—Undersea Cables Task Force, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade *


1030 Morning tea


1100 Transforming PNG’s electricity sector

  • Carolyn Blacklock, Acting Managing Director, PNG Power Ltd

1145 The Opportunities

  • Q&A with Virginia Greville, CEO, Trade and Invest Queensland *

1215 Transport and logistics


  • David Hill, Country Director—PNG, Asian Development Bank
  • Sir Frederick Reiher, Chairman, Air Niugini
  • Edward Muttiah, Country Manager—PNG, International Container Terminal Services


1300 Networking lunch


1400 Close

Contact us

For queries regarding the event or your registration, please use the contact form to the right to get in touch. In cases of difficulty or for additional information, you can also contact us by phone: Australia: +61 3 9111 0044 or Papua New Guinea: +675 7181 9337

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