Sonia Scarselli was appointed Vice President of BHP’s newly formed BHP Xplor Program in June 2022 to find and accelerate innovative, early-stage mineral exploration start-ups to find the critical resources necessary to drive the energy transition. Since joining BHP in 2012, Sonia has served in several commercial and operational leadership roles including Head of Algeria, Exploration and Appraisal Chief of Staff, Manager Exploration Trinidad and Tobago. Most recently, in 2019, she was appointed Vice President of Exploration and Appraisal where she led, developed and operationalized business strategies and commercial plans to deliver a global portfolio of growth options.
Before joining BHP, Sonia started her career in the oil industry at ExxonMobil UK in a number of exploration and geology roles. She holds a master’s degree in Geological Science from Università degli studi di Perugia, a PhD in Geology from ETH Zurich and an MBA from the London Business School. Sonia serves as advisor in Deep Energy Capital, LLP since 2021, the American Cancer Society, CEOs Against Cancer Chapter since 2020, and the AAPG Advisory Council since 2019.