AAPG 2019 Annual Convention & Exhibition

AAPG's All-Convention Luncheon Speaker Announced for ACE 2019

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Date:Monday, 20 May
Time:11:30 am–1:15 pm
Location:Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 
Speaker:Arno van den Haak, Head of Worldwide Business Development Oil & Gas, Amazon Web Services

The traditional All-Convention Luncheon will take place on Monday at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Arno has over 25 years of Oil and Gas experience. He began his career with Royal Dutch Shell in 1990 in the Netherlands after graduating from Eindhoven University of Technology with a MSc. in mechanical Engineering. He has held various positions in the upstream production and operations space in the Netherlands before taking on a host of global assignments. 

Arno has worked and lived on nearly every continent for Royal Dutch Shell (with the exception of Australia). His responsibilities have spanned technical, business and managerial roles covering the upstream value chain from M&A, Exploration, Field Development, R&D, Wells, Major Projects, Deepwater and Asset/Production Operations. 

Arno has deepened his professional career the last 15 years in the COE for Deepwater in Houston as the technical authority with responsibility for well and production technology as well for project maturation and project execution with accountability for global projects. He has led international teams supporting Deepwater project planning and execution in Brazil, Philippines, Nigeria, Malaysia, Angola and Norway, both Shell operated as well as partner operated projects. 

During this time he broadened his expertise further with assignments as the head for global R&D for Deepwater structures with accountability for IP; as the global head of Deepwater Development Planning and as the project manager for the multi-billion dollar Deepwater (GoM) Mars B/Olympus TLP development. 

Arno’s final assignment in Shell was as the General Manager and Technical Authority for Wells in Brazil for the exploration and development activities in the Libra pre-salt joint venture. He left Shell in 2016 for a short lived opportunity with Philips Healthcare in the San Francisco Bay Area as the senior director for program management delivering Healthcare IT solutions before joining AWS. 

His current role is the head of worldwide business development Oil and Gas for Amazon Web Services. He has over 15 professional publications to his name and holds five patents. 

The AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Award will be presented during the All-Convention Luncheon. The annual Teacher of the Year award of $6,000 is given to a K-12 teacher for excellence in the teaching of natural resources in the earth sciences. The award includes $3,000 to the recipient’s school and $3,000 for the recipient’s personal use. In addition, the recipient receives an expense-paid trip to the Annual Convention and Exhibition (ACE) to receive the award. Nominations for the award are submitted by the AAPG sections and the winner is chosen by AAPG Foundation’s Teacher of the Year Judges. Each section winner receives a $500 cash award.

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