Regional Director's Blog

March 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Fareed AbdullaSPE depends greatly upon the talent and dedication of many volunteers to achieve our goals. Therefore, I would like to share some thoughts about the rewards of being a volunteer contributing to the society’s accomplishments.

First, I will begin by expressing my sincere appreciation to the current and past volunteers that have made our region a great success story. I truly hope that I might encourage new volunteers to join their distinguished ranks.     

Let’s take a moment to consider some of the benefits of being an SPE member. Regional and international conferences, workshops, and courses provide access to the innovative technologies, technical knowledge, and interactions with industry colleagues that advance your professional development and careers. Your membership also gives you access to one of the industry’s largest online technical library with a vast number of contributions from multiple professional societies and an opportunity to become recognised in professional journals.

These benefits would not be possible without a huge number of volunteers dedicating their leadership, knowledge, time, talent, and energy towards the advancement of our society and industry. SPE acknowledges the contributions of their volunteers through a number of regional and international recognition awards. 

By becoming a volunteer, you will develop leadership and organisational skills, network with international mentors/experts that can change lives, be the mentor/expert that inspires others, develop valuable professional relationships, experience personal growth, make new friends, and achieve greater recognition within your company and the industry. In addition to these personal accomplishments, you will also be contributing to the betterment of your company, industry, and community as you give back to the society that made it possible. 

Even remote locations or travel constraints are not obstacles to making significant contributions outside your sections.  Many volunteer opportunities are online and have minimal or no travel commitments such as a committee member, paper reviewer, journals and publication staff, webinars, technical forums, translator, and contest or award judges to name but a few. There is a volunteer position to suit everyone with time commitments as short as a few days or even hours, and people of all experience levels from young professionals to global experts are able to contribute.

Visit the SPE League of Volunteers page for more information about the volunteering opportunities available. Particularly for our newer members. I look forward to seeing many new “League of Volunteers” lapel pins.

As a final note, if you feel a volunteer has made a significant impact on your career or the industry, be sure to nominate them for one of the many available SPE recognition awards.

Khalid A. Zainalabedin
SPE Regional Director
Middle East and North Africa