2017 SPE President sets out her priorities as ATCE comes to a close
SPE’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE) came to a close in Dubai today, having seen 7,500 industry professionals from 91 countries pass through the doors of the Dubai World Trade Centre.
The event took place under the patronage of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and drew senior speakers from operators, service providers, advisory and research firms and academia.
Under the theme “E&P 2.0 – Transforming and Shaping the Future” the event – hosted by ADNOC – featured two plenary sessions, six panel sessions, six regional interest special sessions, a comprehensive technical programme and busy exhibition.
Today, ATCE wrapped up with the Annual Meeting of Members at the President’s Luncheon. Outgoing 2016 SPE President Nathan Meehan presented SPE’s latest achievements and upcoming initiatives. Incoming 2017 SPE President Janeen Judah then received the presidential gavel and officially began her term.
Looking ahead to her year in office, incoming 2017 SPE President Janeen Judah commented:
“I am excited to begin my tenure as SPE president and for the opportunity to give back to such a great society. In the upcoming year, I will focus on our members because they are the strength of the society. We will remain true to the core reason I believe that people get involved in SPE – the personal relationships that we offer.
During my term, you will see an emphasis on training and education, particularly in developing countries. There is a significant push from governments for operators to cultivate local staff, and SPE can be part of the solution. And, of course, I will reach out to women, because they look to me as an example for their own career aspirations.
I also want to champion environmental stewardship and environmental protection through responsible operations. The issue is doing things right as you operate and setting up your operation with the knowledge that someday you will reach then end of field life. Sustainability also means considering the full life cycle of our operations.
It’s going to be a terrific year, and I look forward to serving such a wonderful organization as SPE”.
Saudi Aramco and Shell supported the event as principal sponsors, alongside Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) as diamond sponsor and OiLSERV and Industrialization & Energy Services Company (TAQA) as platinum sponsors.
Next year’s ATCE will take place in San Antonio, Texas from 9-11 October 2017, and the call for papers is open now. For more information, please visit www.spe.org/atce/2017
(SPE Press Release)