Regional Director Page

Dear Colleagues,

Let me introduce to you the new SPE Strategic Plan. During the discussion on strategic priorities of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) the Board of Directors made a decision on updating the Strategic Plan of SPE in 2017. Revision and update of the development strategy is deemed to be a best practice of any respected organization.

In the course of the discussions on updating the Strategic Plan all aspects of the Plan have been addressed, including Mission, Vision and Strategic Priorities. Since Mission of SPE represents a fundamental value of the organization since its inception 60 years ago, the Board of Directors made a decision that the Mission of SPE is relevant now and should stay the same at least for the next 5 years.

{To collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources, and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.}

Vision of SPE, however, has been modified to reflect current status of SPE and the industry overall.

{2013: Enable the global oil and gas E&P industry to share technical knowledge needed to meet the world’s energy needs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

2017: Advance the oil and gas community’s ability to meet the world’s energy demands in a safe, environmentally responsible, and sustainable manner.}

The Strategic Priorities have also been modified to reflect current industry status and future outlook. The Strategic Priorities of 2018-2022 Strategic Plan are Life-Long Learning, Knowledge Transfer, Membership and Professional Pride.

Development of new advanced technologies significantly affects the efficiency of discovery and development of petroleum resources. Therefore, integration of SPE disciplines with others, like analytics, automation, digital data and other technical and non-technical disciplines is vital for more efficient development of the industry. Hence, broadening the scope of the SPE programs and collaboration with other organizations have been identified as parts of Life-Learning Strategic Priority of SPE.

Globalization, development of mobile and internet technologies has led to increasing access and availability of information. Therefore, leverage of online resources in knowledge transfer has been defined as a priority in the Strategic Plan.

SPE Members is an asset of the organization, as SPE exists because of volunteers devoting their time for development programs aimed to collect, disseminate and exchange technical knowledge among peers and younger generation of SPE members. The industry employs specialists of diverse set of disciplines; therefore SPE membership should reflect this situation. Besides “classic” SPE disciplines, usually called petroleum related, engaging IT-specialists and others successfully functioning in the industry is a part of Membership priority of the Strategic Plan. Also, special attention should be given to the improvement of conversion rate of students to professional members.

The biggest progress that the humanity achieved since its inception (that we know of) has happened within the last 100-150 years. This progress has been possible due to development of affordable and efficient energy sources provided by the discovery and advancements of oil and gas industry. Negative perceptions of the industry and irresponsible oil operations have been often popularized. However, social responsibility has become one of the core values of many oil companies. Therefore, advancements in human progress due to development of petroleum industry are easily accepted, however the industry’s contribution to the progress is not promoted. This fact led to the necessity of including Professional Pride into the Strategic Plan to increase member understanding of the value to society of the oil and gas industry regionally and showcase industry contributions to sustainable development.

The new Strategic Plan has been developed for the next 5 years. It will be published at in the near future.

Aizhana Jussupbekova

SPE Regional Director (Russia and Caspian)

Aizhana Jussupbekova
Regional Director 2018-2020 

Dear colleagues,

Greetings to the SPE community in the Russia/Caspian Region!

Our Region is one of the largest by territory. At the moment we have SPE sections and chapters in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia and Uzbekistan. Very soon we will welcome a new section in Turkmenistan to the Region. In spite of the large geographical area, our Region represents the smallest number of SPE members worldwide. Therefore we have significant growth potential.

SPE provides development opportunities to the oil and gas community members as well as to the students participating in SPE activities and programs. At the moment we have 24 professional sections and 34 student chapters. I personally value SPE for being a great resource for technical information and the platform for networking, knowledge sharing, building friendships and disseminating oil and gas related information in the communities where we live and operate.

My journey in SPE started in 2005 while being a graduate student at the Petroleum Department of Texas A&M University. The unique nature of SPE got me interested and in the following year I joined the board of officers of the Texas A&M University Student Chapter. After graduation and several years working in the States, I came back to Kazakhstan. Luckily I work with passionate SPE followers, with whom we decided to open a section in Astana. Opening the Section in Astana prompted development of closer relationships between the members of oil and gas community in the Region. In 2014 SPE organized the first Caspian Technical Conference and Exhibition (CTCE) in Astana. At that Conference, I served as a co-chair of the Technical Program Committee. CTCE is an annual event and its location rotates between Astana and Baku. In 2016, when CTCE came back to Astana, I served as a chairperson of the Technical Program Committee. Along with the Conference for professionals CTCE has a tradition to host a Student Development Summit. I have been supporting the Summit either by participating or serving in the organization committee since its initiation in 2014.

The mission of SPE is disseminating technical knowledge among industry professionals, students and communities where we live and operate. To fulfil that mission SPE developed a number of programs and initiatives. My favourite is an educational outreach program for school-age students Energy4me. Educating the kids under this program is beneficial not only for kids. Volunteers coming to classes to teach, gain more than they could possibly provide to children. They teach science and gain the opportunity to interact with our future generation, to learn about kids' interests and anxieties and to dive into the children's world of curiosities. During my service as a Regional Director, I plan to promote the program Energy4me so that more SPE members realized its benefits and eventually every section adopted this program into its operational activities.

For a number of years, the Region has been showing exceptional professionalism. For the last 10 years, the work of our professional sections has been acknowledged with around 30 international awards, 21 of those are with the most prestigious “President’s Section Excellence Award”. The student chapters in the Region have been earning more than 25 international awards with 21 most appreciated– “Outstanding Student Chapter Award”. Additionally, our colleagues have earned individual awards in specific disciplines and for supporting SPE activities. Those mentioned above are only international awards. If I add the Regional awards to the list, the number of awards will be significantly higher. Taking into account that the majority of the sections and chapters have been operating for less than 15 years we should be proud of our achievements and strive for more accomplishments in the future.

I would like to thank the past Regional Director – Anton Ablayev for his work and passion of the SPE in the Region. I wish him success in chairing the largest SPE section in the Region – Moscow Section!

Looking forward working with you all!

Best regards,
Aizhana Jussupbekova
2018-2010 SPE Regional Director – Russia and Caspian


Aizhana Jussupbekova

  • SPE member since 2006
  • Works in NCOC, ExxonMobil in KZ
  • Co-founder of Astana section, programme chair (2013-2014)
  • Served as a co-chair of CTCE Programme committee in 2014 and a chairman in 2016
Anton Ablaev
Regional Director 2015-2017

Dear colleagues,

I would like to sincerely greet and welcome you all on our bilingual Society of Petroleum Engineers Russian and Caspian website!

Our Society's mission is to disseminate and exchange technical information concerning the exploration, development and production of oil and gas resources for the benefit of people.

By visiting this website you will be able to know more about SPE, its upcoming events, to find out if there is an SPE Section in the place of your location and get publications around your area of interest both in English and Russian languages using such resources as online library OnePetro and E&P industry educational portal PetroWiki.

Today Russia and Caspian region countries take the leading position in oil and gas production. A lot of the modern technologies that are now being used in the oil and gas industry were developed and introduced namely in Russia and Caspian region. For instance, Alexander Grigoryan drilled the world’s first horizontal and multilateral wells in 1941 and 1953, respectively; the first electrical submergible pump was developed by Armais Arutunov; Matvey Kapelushnikov invented the first in the world turbo drill, and that list goes on.

I believe that you may personally help our region to contribute to SPE new ideas, innovative technologies and projects that could help to effectively produce and use the world's energy resources.

Please do not hesitate to contact Moscow Office or me personally with any questions, I will be glad to help you.

Anton Ablaev
SPE Russia and Caspian Regional Director 2015-2017
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Anton Ablaev, Regional director for Russia and Caspian of Society of Petroleum Engineers. Currently, SPE is the biggest individual industry society in the world. It counts 164 000 members and around 9 000 members at Russia and Caspian region.

Anton Ablaev currently Business Development Manager at Schlumberger, based in Moscow, Russia and SPE regional director for Russia and Caspian.

He has worked for Schlumberger since 2000 starting his career as a well construction engineer in Western Siberia, subsequently progressing through engineering, sales, and management positions within Russia, Turkmenistan and Norway.

Anton is an active SPE member, having been Section Chair for the Nizhnevartovsk Section in 2008-2009 also serves as the SPE Membership Director for Moscow Section since 2012. And currently, serve SPE as regional director for Russian and Caspian.  He is a member of the Program Committee for biggest SPE conference in region – SPE Russian Petroleum Technology Conference and Exhibition for  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and served on many program committees at different SPE Workshops.

Anton received his MSc in Physics at Novosibirsk State University and holds a degree in Oil and Gas Industry from Gubkin Russian State University.