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The Board of Directors of BPE currently comprises of one executive director and four non-executive directors. The Directors have extensive and wide-ranging experience in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, especially in the areas of exploration, government relations, financing, accounting, internal controls, M&A, tax, legal and regulatory matters. The Board is responsible for the overall direction, supervision and management of the Company and its Subsidiaries.

The Advisory Committee of BPE comprises of two advisors who possess certain expertise relevant to the Company’s business strategy, plans and operations. The Advisory Committee was established to provide thought leadership and advice to the BPE Board in the following areas: (1) strategic direction and planning; (2) technical, operational and commercial aspects; and (3) Indonesian political and business environment.

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Black Platinum Energy Ltd. Board and Advisory Committee Members

Larry Luckey

Director – Founding Shareholder

Mr. Luckey has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, budgeting, acquisitions, divestments, initial public offerings, financing arrangements, auditing, financial investigations, due diligence reviews, accounting advice, taxation, joint venture audits, Sarbanne Oxley readiness reviews, management efficiency audits, and internal controls, primarily in the oil and gas industry. Trained and qualified as a certified public accountant in the United States with oil and gas experience in Southeast Asia (26 years) and West Africa (2 years).

Before joining the Company, Larry was previously the Director of Planning and Strategy at PT MedcoEnergi Internasional Tbk, Indonesia’s largest publicly listed oil and gas company, responsible for Planning, Budgeting and Portfolio Management, Performance Management, Risk Management, and New Business Incubator. Larry was also the Partner Advisor and Leader of the Southeast Asia Energy, Utilities and Mining practice  encompassing all assurance, tax and business advisory services at PricewaterhouseCoopers, for over 20 years prior to joining PT MedcoEnergi Internasional Tbk.

Gary Christenson

Non-Executive Director - Founding Shareholder

Mr. Christenson has more than 30 years international experience in the oil and gas industry, including positions as Chairman and CEO of Black Gold Energy, President and General Manager of Santos Indonesia, and Vice President of Unocal Deepwater Exploration and Production, Indonesia.  Black Gold was a highly successful exploration startup which was subsequently sold to Niko Resources for $300MM in cash and other considerations. At Santos, Gary built an organization of over 200 staff that developed and operated the Maleo and Oyong gas fields’ offshore East Java. As a VP at Unocal, Gary led a team that drilled over 100 exploration and appraisal wells resulting in the discovery of over 6 trillion cubic feet of gas and 500 million barrels of oil and condensate. This included West Seno, the only producing deepwater field in Indonesia. Gary previously worked for British Gas in Indonesia and West Africa, and Tenneco Oil in Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana.

Anne Kathleen Fiona Lane (Non-Executive Seychelles Director)


Stephanie Clara Renatha Philoé (Non-Executive Seychelles Director)


Charles "Chip" Goodyear - Founding Investor and Advisor

Mr. Goodyear was previously Chief Executive Officer of BHPBilliton, the world’s largest diversified resources company. He joined BHP as Chief Financial Officer (1999-2001), served as Chief Development Officer (2001-03), appointed CEO (2003) and retired in 2008.

 Prior to BHP, Chip was President of Goodyear Capital Corporation and Executive Vice-President & CFO of Freeport-McMoran. He began his career as an investment banker at Wall Street brokerage, Kidder Peabody, advising companies on mergers, acquisitions and financing. He is a Yale graduate with a science degree in geology & geophysics and an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennslyvania, USA. He is also a Member of the National Petroleum Council and International Council on Mining and Metals.

George Tahija - Founding Investor and Founder

Mr Tahija is a major Shareholder and the Chief Executive Officer of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya, a large Indonesian conglomerate involved in healthcare, agriculture, mining, power and tobacco trading businesses.

George was the founding investor in PEARL Energy Ltd which was later sold to a large Middle Eastern entity. The Tahija family has been involved from the 1950’s in the Indonesian oil and gas industry starting with Julius Tahija, the patriarch of the family being the first Indonesian to be President of a large multi-national oil company, PT Caltex Pacific Indonesia Inc. The Tahija family remains the local partner of choice for Chevron. George is a Trisakti graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Darden School of the University of Virginia, USA. He also contributes to educational, economic, environmental and social development through his participation in various non-for-profit organizations in Indonesia.
















George Tahija - Founding Investor and Advisor