AAPG means so many things to many petroleum
geologists, but in my opinion it is the premier
professional association of choice that every
geoscientist should aspire to be part of. While AAPG
has its roots in America its branches are in almost
every country of the world.
The networking, knowledge sharing, science,
mentoring, industry/academia and research
collaboration, the journals, the outreach, increased
globalization and above all the role of the petroleum
geoscientist within the ongoing narratives around the
energy transition are exciting reasons to stand for
How do these conversations impact membership
within the Regions? What role can AAPG play to
equip and support members within the Regions?
Consistently for over two decades I have served
in various AAPG committees. I served as pioneer
secretary/treasurer and later as president for
Africa region, served as president for an AAPG
affiliated society (the largest petroleum geoscience
association in Africa), served on the International
Region Council, AAPG Advisory Council, served
as general co-vice chairman for 2018 AAPG
International Conference and Exhibition in Cape
Town, South Africa, and facilitated a joint AAPG
Africa/Europe Region Mediterranean conference in
Marrakesh, amongst many other roles.
I have lived and worked in Africa, Europe and
North America. I have held global roles within
Schlumberger that has seen me travel to many
parts of South America, Asia and the Middle East,
where I have had the privilege of developing many
relationships. I have served on the global steering
committee charged with promoting AAPG within the
organization. I have had the opportunity to mentor
many young men and women and continue to work
with young professionals. I also belong to the Energy
Mineral Division of AAPG.
I strongly believe that the next phase of growth
for AAPG will be shaped by a collective global effort.
Therefore, we need to strengthen our presence and
influence in the Regions. From Riyadh to Maputo,
Daqing to Perth, Calgary to Lagos and Bogota. It
is important that our members around the world
have that true sense of belonging and connection to
AAPG. There is a lot AAPG can bring to the table in
our Regions. The same way AAPG has become an
important and influential voice in America, so can
we build up our influence and contributions in the
Regions and be seen as a partner for growth and
development in the energy industry of these Regions.
In terms of potential membership in the Regions, the
AAPG has not even begun to scratch the surface in
terms of its potentials. It is time to build on the solid
foundation built by past leaders of the Association
and take advantage of the global brand recognition –
and welcome more geoscientists to the AAPG tent.
This is my vision; this is why I am running for
VP-Regions. With the support of ALL the amazing women and men that make up the membership
of AAPG we can together power the much-needed
growth and sustainability of our Association as we
stride purposefully into the Energy Transition Era.