Meet Christine Yango, a woman who has celebrated more than a decade of service with the ExxonMobil-operated PNG LNG Project.
A teacher by profession, Christine overcame many challenges in her educational journey to achieve her dream job. After 24 years of service with the Education Department – 17 of those years teaching secondary school and 7 years of working in the National Department of Education Head Office – Christine was drawn to the exciting prospect of the first ever Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) project being built at her doorstep.
“I come from Hides, a small village called Nabo Naliba Jagua, where I attended Mananda Primary School in Komo District and then Koroba High School. During the 1980’s I was one of the first in my village to attend University, it earnt me the respect of my community.
“Life growing up was hard, but the PNG LNG Project has helped bring much needed development,” shared Christine.
Joining ExxonMobil’s Papua New Guinea (PNG) operations in January 2010 as a Stakeholder Engagement Officer, Christine was quickly promoted to a Stakeholder Engagement Lead. Alongside the stakeholder engagement team, she travelled to all Project areas, including communities along the Highlands Highway. Her role was to educate people about the Project, record community feedback and help bridge gaps between the Project and local communities, enabling both to have a better understanding of each other.
“I think it all goes back to when my father taught me to be a leader in my family – to share, to do things, to look after my siblings – since my father was the leader of his tribe. He had four wives, so all those children were put under my care, to feed and to take care of them, basically that steered me to be a teacher.
“I’ve learnt a lot on the job with the PNG LNG Project, my team and I became a bridge between ExxonMobil, the government and the community.”
ExxonMobil invests time and resources into workforce training to enable individuals to develop skills that help them grow professionally and personally.
“I know there is a team of professionals whom I can receive support from across all the PNG LNG Project site. Everyone within ExxonMobil is your friend, part of a community, and that’s what I like most about this organization.
“Teamwork with ExxonMobil is paramount and valuable, it has helped me a lot. I have moved in various roles but it’s not just my skills benefiting, it is also my knowledge and my strength. Safety is also a key focus of ExxonMobil; thus, you feel safe working in a company that prioritizes your welfare.”
Christine’s cross-career positive influence has seen many of her students now working at ExxonMobil, with others having gone on to achieve senior positions within the government and other corporate organisation.
Her leadership was recognised in 2019 with ExxonMobil’s Lead Country Manager Award for her valuable contributions towards Teamwork.
“I value all six of ExxonMobil’s Em Pasin bilong EM long PNG core values of safety, security, environment, teamwork, integrity, excellence.
“ExxonMobil has transformed my life completely, and I truly appreciate the company for being here in my country.
“Just this year I had the privilege of being the inaugural Power Play Awards Papua New Guinea Advocate to help promote the testimonies of women like me who are trailblazers across our industry and who make what we do everyday possible.”
One of Christine’s other unforgettable experiences with ExxonMobil was when the former PNG LNG Plant Manager, Jagir Baxi, took her on board the Spirit of Hela LNG tanker in 2018. Another memorable moment was in 2011 when the Stakeholder Engagement team was based out of the prestigious Ambua Lodge in Hela Province and she experienced daily trips in a helicopter to work across the Hides and Nogoli area.