Candidate for Vice President, Regions (2019-21)

Peter W.
Peter W. Baillie
SVP, Business Development
CGG, Perth, Australia



Peter W. Baillie, Candidate for Vice President-Regions

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Meet Peter W. Baillie, 2019 Candidate for AAPG Vice President-Regions

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I strongly believe in the importance of professional societies within the scientific community and that it is important to contribute as well as receive the benefits. I have demonstrated this commitment through active participation in the governance of professional societies since 1975, including leadership, financial and planning roles. I served as president of AAPG Asia Pacific Region and an AAPG affiliated society (South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Association); served as treasurer of AAPG Asia Pacific Region and an AAPG affiliated society (Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia).

We continue to live in challenging times (in particular, in the Asia Pacific region) and I am extremely aware of the effects of the downturn on people, the industry and professional societies. The AAPG needs to consider all aspects of these issues, ensure that we maintain our relevance, maintain our members and safeguard that they get value for money.

I have a good knowledge of the AAPG – its structure and operations, its strengths and weaknesses, and the wonderful assortment of its people.

I offer a strong international perspective through:

  • My employment over the past 20 years – based in Perth and Singapore, spending significant amounts of time in the various countries of the culturally diverse Asia Pacific Region.
  • My AAPG involvement, as the Asia-Pacific president I travelled widely though the Region listening, and learning.
  • My service on the Advisory Council gave me good knowledge and understanding of all the AAPG Regions.
  • My involvement in AAPG affiliated societies.

International membership of AAPG has significantly expanded in recent years and I believe it important that the international membership has a strong voice on the Executive Committee.

Academic Degrees

  • 1988 – M.Sc. (Hons), Basin Analysis, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  • 1970 – B.Sc. University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia


  • 2012-Present – SVP Business Development, CGG, Singapore and Perth
  • 2009-12 – Chief Geologist, GeoData Ventures, Singapore
  • 1997-2009 – Chief Geologist Asia Pacific, TGS, Perth, Australia
  • 1993-97 – Manager Petroleum Exploration and Production, Department of Minerals and Energy, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 1970-93 – various geological positions, Department of Mines, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


AAPG Activities

  • Joined AAPG 1986
  • Member DPA
  • 2015-16 – Asia Pacific Region Councilor, DPA
  • 2012-16 – President SEAPEX (South East Asia Petroleum Exploration Society, AAPG Affiliated Society)
  • 2012 – Co-General Vice Chair, ICE, Singapore
  • 2011-14 – President, Asia Pacific Region
  • 2011-14 – Advisory Council, Asia Pacific Region
  • 2010-15 – Board Member and Director, International Petroleum Technology Conference
  • 2009-16 – Global Events Oversight (GEvO) Committee
  • 2008-11 – Vice President, Asia Pacific Region
  • 2006-12 – Associate Editor AAPG Bulletin
  • 2006 – Organizing Committee ICE, Perth, Australia
  • 2005-08 – Treasurer, Asia Pacific Region
  • 2002-17 – Asia Pacific Region Delegate, HoD

AAPG Honors & Awards

  • 2018 – Distinguished Service Award
  • 2014 – AAPG Certificate of Merit, Asia Pacific Region President
  • 2014 – HoD 9-Year Service Award
  • 2012 – AAPG Certificate of Merit, Co-General Vice Chair, ICE, Singapore


  • 2014 – New Insights into Prospectivity and Tectonic Evolution of the Banda Arc: Evidence from Broadband Seismic Data. Proceedings 38th Annual Convention and Exhibition, Jakarta. Baillie, P. and Milne, C.
  • 2010 – The West Coast Range, Tasmania: mountains and geological giants. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 144: 1–13. Baillie, P.
  • 2004 – Petroleum systems of the deepwater Mannar Basin, offshore Sri Lanka. In: Noble R.A., Argenton, A. and Caughey, C.A. (eds), Proceedings of Deepwater and Frontier Exploration in Asia and Australasia Conference, Indonesian Petroleum Association, Jakarta, 533–545. Baillie, P., Barber, P.M., Deighton, I., Gilleran, P.A., Jinadasa, W.A. and Shaw, R. D.
  • 2004 – Deformation of Cenozoic basins of Borneo and West Sulawesi, Proceedings of Deepwater and Frontier Exploration in Asia and Australasia Conference, Indonesian Petroleum Association, Jakarta, 443–461. Baillie, P., Darman, H. and Fraser, T.H.
  • 2004 – Petroleum prospectivity of Cretaceous strata in the deepwater Taranaki Basin New Zealand, Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium II, Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia, Special Publication, 207–218. Baillie, P. and UruskI C. I.
  • 2004 – Geological development of Eastern Indonesia and the northern Australia collision zone: a review, Timor Sea Petroleum Geoscience: Procedings of the Timor Sea Symposium, Darwin, June 19-20, 2003. Northern Territory Geological Survey Special Publication. Baillie, P., Fraser, T., Hall, R. and Myers, K.
  • 2003 – Silurian to mid-Devonian basin development of the Melbourne Zone, Lachlan Fold Belt, southeastern Australia. Tectonophysics, 375, 9–36. Powell, C.McA, Baillie, P.W. and Vandenberg, A.H.M.
  • 1997 – Prospectivity and Exploration History of the Barrow Sub-basin, Western Australia. APPEA Journal, 37(1), 117–135. Baillie, P.W. and Jacobson, E.P.
  • 1994 – The tectonic framework of Western Australia’s Neoproterozoic to Recent sedimentary basins. The Sedimentary Basins of Western Australia: Proceedings of Petroleum Exploration Association of Australia Symposium, Perth, 1994, 45–61. Baillie, P.W., Powell, C. McA., Li, Z.X. and Ryall, A.M.
  • 1991 – Reservoir development and diagenesis in the Bass Basin, Tasmania. APEA Journal, 31, 85–100. Baillie, P.W., Tingate, P.R. and Stuart, W. J.
  • Over 75 authored or co-authored scientific publications on wide variety of geological topics.

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