Candidates for AAPG office have been given the opportunity to respond briefly to the subject: "Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office."
Their responses and biographical information were provided by each candidate and edited only for grammar, spelling and format.
This information will also be provided as hard-copy in the January issue of the EXPLORER and available on the AAPG Web site through the election period. Ballots will be mailed, online in the first quarter of 2013. Results will be posted mid-May 2013.
Candidates were asked to limit their biographies to 350 words and responses to 500 words.
2012-13 Secretary Candidate
Sigrunn Johnsen Learn about Sigrunn Johnsen
Independent Consultant, ProTeam AS - Stavanger, Norway
Why I Accepted the Invitation to be a Candidate for an AAPG Office ...
I am honored to be given the opportunity to stand as candidate for AAPG Secretary. It was easy to accept the invitation. AAPG is a highly professional association with an extensive scheme of programs and services with a strategy to grow in order to continue staying a strong and valuable association to its members. It is an association that I am happy to serve.
With my long engagement as a representative for the European Region in the House of Delegates (HoD) from 1994 to present, my numerous positions as chair or member of HoD committees and my role as president of the European Region (2003-05), as well as having been active in organizing AAPG European Region conferences and Hedberg conferences, I am ready for new responsibilities within AAPG, which the position as AAPG Secretary truly will be.
My main focus as Secretary will be to perform the duties assigned to the Secretary as defined by the AAPG Bylaws, which mainly describes it as a secretarial role for the Executive Committee.
I want AAPG to succeed in their committed strive for sustainable growth and internationalization and thereby, increase activities, create more regional offices and increase international membership. In the position as Secretary, the AAPG’s success as an international association will be an underlying focus for me.
As I am a member from outside the United States, I believe I may be able to contribute in that respect. I have lived and studied/worked in places like Minneapolis, London, England and Hamburg, Germany. In addition, I have traveled the world extensively and have good experiences of a variety of people and countries. I believe my international awareness will, therefore, be of value to AAPG in the internationalization process.
I want AAPG to be indispensable to all geoscientists. With success, AAPG will add more members, will continue to grow and expand and stay as an important international association to geoscientists worldwide. In order to acquire this goal, AAPG is focused on adjustments to make it more a welcoming association to new members and more in line with the needs of the new generations who communicate differently than our generation. In view of the predicted declining numbers of members during the next few years, we all need to be involved in this important process.
I can recommend to you, the members of AAPG, to serve as officers, as HoD representatives for your Section or Region, to serve in the various established committees and/or in any other way you choose to use your professional experience for the benefit to your organization and its members. You will find the time well spent as you will gain valuable private and professional enrichment through the activities and through the diversity of fellow geoscientists you will meet. I am happy to have served AAPG, and I will continue doing so as AAPG Secretary if you, the members, let me.
Independent consultant, Oslo, Norway
Born 1948, Drobak, Norway
M.S., geology, University of Oslo, Norway
B.S., geology, University of Oslo, Norway
English Language and Geography, University of Minnesota, Minn.
Independent consulting geologist
Production geologist, RWE Dea Norge, Oslo, Norway
Development geologist, RWE Dea AG, Hamburg, Germany
Exploration geologist, DEMINEX Norge, Oslo, Norway
Exploration geologist, Amoco Europe and West Africa, London, England
Exploration geologist, Amoco Norway Oil Co., Stavanger, Norway
Joined AAPG 1983
HoD representative, Europe Region
Membership responsible, Europe Region
Member, Europe Region Distinguished Lecturer Committee
Chair, Nominations & Election Committee
Chair, Newsletter Committee
Chair, Minutes Approval Committee
Member, Credentials Committee
Member, Minutes Approval Committee
President, Norwegian Association of Petroleum Geologists (NAPG)
Member, Steering Committee AAPG ICE, Athens, Greece
Member, Steering Committee AAPG Conference on Carbonates, Mallorca
Chair Resolution Committee
Member, Resolution Committee
President, Europe Region
Vice president, Europe Region
Member, Honors and Awards Committee
Convener, Hedberg Research Conference, Stavanger 2002
Member, Nominations & Election Committee
Member, Europe Region Nomination Committee
Member, Steering Committee, AAPG ICE, St Petersburg, Russia
Started the process of getting AAPG ICE to Oslo, Norway, in 2003
General Chair for the conference and participated in discussions with EAGE regarding cooperation in both Europe and United States
Established NAPG, which became affiliated to AAPG in 1995
AAPG Honors and Awards
AAPG Distinguished Service Award
AAPG House Recognition Service Award
HoD 15-year Certificate of Service
AAPG Distinguished Member of House Award
AAPG Certificate of Merit
2008, co-editor AAPG Bulletin Special Issue: Risk & Uncertainty in E&P
AAPG Secretary Responsibilities as defined by AAPG Bylaws, Article II, Section 6.
The Secretary shall be responsible for recording the actions of the Executive Committee; shall keep possession of the corporate seal and affix the same; and, subject to Executive Committee approval, shall have policy oversight of all non-technical and non-peer reviewed publications and communications. The Secretary shall perform other duties as may be directed by the Executive Committee.