Luke Liria

EGM Corporate Affairs Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd.


Luke Liria has 30 years’ experience as a professional in the Oil & Gas industry, having worked for industry names such as; Bechtel, Chevron, and Oil Search (10 years overseas). A transformation and change leader with experience in initiating, mobilising, planning and implementing projects, Luke holds a Bachelors in Business with a Computing Major attained in 1990, completed a General Manager Program at the Australian Graduate School of Management on Executive Education in 2015, including an Executive Education Program, Accounting & Finance for non-financial Managers at the National University of Singapore, in 2017.

A seasoned Executive with strong experience in project management, general management, coaching, public speaking, and leadership. A competent communicator (CTM) with Toastmasters international and Certified Associate Project Management Professional (CPAM) with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Luke was appointed as the Executive General Manager – Corporate Services of Kumul Petroleum (Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL)) in October 2013 to oversee aspects of Corporate Services, Rural Electrification, Kumul Petroleum Academy (KPA) and Kumul Petroleum Foundation. The new position forms a member of the Executive Leadership Team providing leadership and expertise in a manner consistent with the vision and values of the organisation.

Since then, Luke has been honoured with the title of ‘2016 Executive of the Year’ by the PNG Human Resource Institute (PNGHRI), and with several years of board level experience with not-for-profit organisations, Luke was subsequently appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kumul Petroleum Foundation Inc. in mid-2016. By July 2019, Mr Liria had also been appointed the Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Kumul Petroleum Academy, a subsidiary of Kumul Petroleum.

Luke’s other notable accolades include his designation as one of the first 2000 in the world to become an independent certified Leadership coach, teacher, speaker and founding partner at John Maxwell Team; in essence also becoming the first in Papua New Guinea to do so. Thus, recognised as an Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker & Founding Partner of the John Maxwell Team since 2012, Luke is also creator and founder of Papua New Guinea Leadership Network, an organisation that focuses on teaching, coaching and speaking on leadership in Papua New Guinea; as such, he is an in demand speaker on leadership in Executive Q&A, and in the early adult and youth leadership and graduate leadership space. In his free time, Luke has also roles as guest speaker, keynote speaker and Radio Leadership Talk show host.