Michael McWalter, OL
Michael McWalter is a specialist in petroleum industry regulation, administration, and institutional development with over 36 years’ experience of the oil and gas industry, predominantly in the Ministries and Agencies of newly-emerging oil and gas producing nations.
He first came to PNG in 1976 as a VSO when he taught at Catholic Mission Fatima. After working on many petroleum exploration wells in PNG in the 1980s, he joined the Geological Survey of PNG in 1987 rising to the position of Chief Petroleum Geologist. He subsequently became Director of the Petroleum Division in the Dept. of Mining and Petroleum until 1997 and later Adviser to the Dept. of Petroleum and Energy until 2006 under World Bank funding.
Up to 2014, he was a part-time adviser to the Dept. of Petroleum and Energy and has undertaken frequent assignments for various development agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and USAID, which have taken him in recent years to Uganda, South Sudan, Ghana, Liberia Cambodia, Seychelles, Turkmenistan and the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.
As well as being a Director of TI-PNG, he is Vice-President of the Circum-Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources, Treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Regional Council of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and a lay member of the Finance Board of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of PNG and Solomon Islands.
He is an advocate of good governance in the petroleum industry though the establishment of sound institutional management and administration of the sector.
First elected: 2004