Global Structure

The SPE Board of Directors is the highest governing body of SPE and determines its policy. The members of the SPE Board of Directors oversee the administrative and operational functions of the company. The Board of Directors has the final say in decisions concerning SPE's operations.

Officers

SPE President 2021
Tom Blasingheim
Texas A&M University

Tom Blasingheim is the Robert L. Whiting Professor and Ph.D. at the Texas A&M University, Texas Department of Oilfield Engineering. He holds bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees, all in the field of engineering. In his teaching and research activities, he specializes in petrophysics, field development, well performance analysis / interpretation, unconventional oil reservoir exploitation and technical mathematics.

Mr. Blasingheim is an Honorary Fellow of the SPE Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000) and recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for contributions in Technology Development under 45) (2006), SPE Lucas Medal (SPE Special Award in 2012), SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), SPE Excellence in Petroleum Technology Education ( 2014). From 2005 to 2006 he was SPE Distinguished Lecturer, 2015-2018 SPE CTO for Reservoir Description. He has produced about 160 technical articles and has chaired numerous technical committees.

 

SPE 2022 President
Kamel Ben-Nasser
Nomadia Energy

Kamel Ben-Nasser is the CEO of Nomadia Energy Consulting, where he advises on sustainable energy policy as well as the global and regional economy and energy outlook. He worked as a chief economist for a large oil and gas company and an oilfield services company. Mr. Ben-Nasser has also served as Director of the International Energy Agency and Minister of Energy in the Tunisian government.

He has chaired several global SPE committees, including the Business Management and Leadership Committee, several international forums, and the CO2 capture and storage committee. He has also delivered several SPE courses on Global Energy, Strategic Thinking and Planning. He was CTO of Management and Information on the SPE Board of Directors from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Ben-Nasser was SPE Distinguished Lecturer from 2009 to 2010 and received the 2014 SPE Distinguished Service and Contribution Awards.

Co-author of over 120 publications and 17 books.

Ben-Nasser holds a BA from Diderot University in Paris and an MA from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

SPE President 2020
Shauna Noonan
Occidental Petroleum

Shauna Noonan is Director of Artificial Lift at Occidental Petroleum Corporation based in Houston, where she leads the effort to improve the efficiency of artificial lift systems around the world. Prior to joining Oxy in late 2015, she worked for over 22 years on artificial lift and technology development projects at ConocoPhillips and Chevron. She has authored or co-authored over 25 technical articles on artificial lift and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

She has always been actively involved in SPE activities: she started working in the student section, in 2012-2015. She served on the SPE International Board of Directors as CTO, Production and Operations. She has led the development of industry standards and recommended practices for artificial lift systems as chair of ISO and API committees, and has received awards for her contributions to the discipline.

Shauna Noonan holds a BA in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alberta. Mother of two daughters.

Secretary of the Board of Directors
Mark A. Rubin
CEO & Executive Vice President, SPE

Mark Rubin is responsible for the overall management of SPE. Together with the Board of Directors, he develops strategic and business plans for the development of the Company and determines the goals, objectives, policies and programs of the organization. He also leads the organization's staff based in offices in Dallas, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London and Moscow, ensuring the fulfillment of SPE's mission. He was named SPE Executive Director in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as general manager of oil exploration and production at the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, DC.

Mark Rubin is responsible for the overall SPE management. Together with the Board of Directors, he develops strategic and business plans for the development of the Company and determines the goals, objectives, policies and programs of the organization. He also leads the organization’s staff based in offices in Dallas, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London and Moscow to ensure that SPE’s mission is accomplished.

He was named SPE CEO in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as general manager of oil exploration and production at the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, DC. He joined API in 1988 and has held a variety of positions working in federal, statutory, regulatory, and technical standards development.

An SPE member since 1979, Mark Rubin served as a petroleum engineer at Unocal in Houston and East Texas from 1981 to 1987 and at Buttes Resources in Dallas from 1987 to 1988. … Mr. Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Leaders and the Council of Leaders of Engineering and Scientific Societies. He was a member of the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Commission on Oil and Gas Agreement and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. He holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A & amp; M University and an MBA from Southern Methodology University.

TECHNICAL DIRECTORS

The CTOs are responsible for the work of the Society in specific SPE technical disciplines and programs.

Drilling
David Reid
NOV
Completion
Terry Paylish
Carbo Ceramics
Production and Facilities
Robert Pearson
Glynn Resources
Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability
Annamaria Petrone
ENI
Reservoir
Erdal Ozkan
Colorado School of Mines
Data Science and Engineering Analytics
Silviu Livescu
Baker Hughes

Regional Directors

o The Society of Petroleum Engineers unites 11 regions, which are based on such parameters including the presence of sections in region, geographic, cultural and geopolitical aspects and SPE membership growth plans in the region. Each region is headed by a regional director who also serves on the Council directors.

Regional Director 2021-2023
Ignatiy Volnov
Regional Director 2018-2020
Aizhana Jussupbekova