2019 Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the policy-making and governing body of SPE. Its board committees oversee many of SPE's administrative and operating responsibilities. The board retains final authority on all SPE matters, including any actions the board committees may take.


2019 SPE President

Sami Alnuaim
Saudi Aramco
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Sami Alnuaim has been with Saudi Aramco for 30 years, where he has worked in reservoir engineering, production engineering, research and development, and at the upstream computer center. He currently serves as manager of the petroleum engineering application services department where he leads information technology support for all upstream operations, including exploration, drilling, production, reservoir engineering, and facility design. A current area of focus is reservoir simulation of giga cells and giga models using Saudi Aramco’s GigaPOWERS simulator.

Alnuaim has a long history of service to SPE and is currently a member of the SPE Middle East Board of Directors. He has won several local, regional, and international awards, including the SPE Regional Service Award for the Middle East in 2010 and the SPE Distinguished Service and SPE Distinguished Member awards in 2011. He recently served on the society’s DeGolyer, Rand, and McConnell Awards Committee and the 2017 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition Executive Advisory Committee.

Alnuaim obtained BS and MS degrees from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin, all in petroleum engineering. He completed the Wharton Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania and the Advanced Asian Business and Culture Program at Pennsylvania State University.


2020 SPE President

Shauna Noonan
Occidental Petroleum
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Shauna Noonan is the director of artificial lift engineering for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, based in Houston, where she directs the company’s efforts in artificial lift system performance globally. Prior to joining Oxy in late 2015, she worked worldwide on artificial lift projects and technology development at ConocoPhillips and Chevron for over 22 years. She has authored or co-authored more than 25 technical publications on the subject of artificial lift and is a frequent speaker at industry events. 

She has been an avid SPE volunteer in many roles since first serving as a student section officer. She served on the SPE International Board of Directors as the Technical Director for Production and Operations from 2012-2015. She has driven the development of industry standards and recommended practices for artificial lift systems while serving as chair for ISO and API committees, and has received industry awards for her contributions to the discipline.   

Noonan holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.  She is the proud mother of two daughters.


Darcy Spady 2018 SPE President

Darcy Spady
Independent Director
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Darcy W. Spady, the 2018 SPE president, is the first Canadian to have been elected to this position. He has been an active SPE member since graduating from university. Most recently, he served on the SPE International Board as regional director for Canada; he is also a member of the Vancouver and Calgary sections. Spady has held officer positions in the Calgary, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian sections. In 2012, he won a Regional Service Award for his work in the Canada region.

Spady has an extensive background in the natural gas, oil, and heavy oil segments of the industry, having worked a decade for Schlumberger across North America in their wireline and pressure pumping segments, and for the Columbia Natural Resources/Triana Energy group in the Appalachians, Atlantic Canada, and internationally. He has also served as CEO of Calgary-based Contact Exploration and, more recently, as head of sales for Sanjel Corporation.

He is an active independent director, serving as board chairman for Green Imaging Technologies and as a board member of MNP Petroleum. He has previously served on the boards of Edge Resources, Contact Exploration, Guildhall Minerals, and Poplar Point Exploration.

Spady holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.


Mark RubinSecretary

Mark A. Rubin
SPE CEO and Executive Vice President
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Mark Rubin is responsible for overall management of SPE. He works with the Board of Directors and senior staff to develop strategic and business plans and formulate the organization’s goals, objectives, policies, and programs. He also organizes and directs the global staff organization, which includes offices in Dallas, Houston, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, London, and Moscow, to ensure the accomplishment of SPE’s mission.

He was appointed executive director of SPE in August 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as upstream general manager for the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Washington, D.C. He joined API in 1988 and held a series of positions working on federal regulatory and legislative matters as well as technical standards development.

A member of SPE since 1979, Rubin held petroleum engineering positions for Unocal in Houston and east Texas from 1981 to 1987 and for Buttes Resources in Dallas 1987–88. Rubin is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. He has been a member of the National Petroleum Council, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. He earned a BS degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Director for Academia

Dan Hill

Ramona Graves
Colorado School of Mines

At-Large Director

Liu Zhenwu

Helena Wu
Santos Ltd.


Technical Directors

David CurryDrilling

Jeff Moss

Shauna NoonanCompletions

Terry Palisch
Carbo Ceramics

Trey ShafferHealth, Safety and Environment

Johana Dunlop
Affiliate – Schlumberger Professional Societies Program

Howard DuhonProduction and Facilities

Hisham Saadawi
Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Olivier HouzéReservoir

Erdal Ozkan
Colorado School of Mines

JC CunhaManagement and Information

Birol Dindoruk

Regional Directors

Africa Region

Omowumi Iledare
University of Port Harcourt

North America Region

Steve Cheung
SteveIOR Consultants

Canadian Region

Cam Matthews
C-FER Technologies

North Sea Region

Karl Ludvig Heskestad
Aker BP

Eastern North America Region

Joe Frantz
Range Resources

Asia Pacific Region

Nasir Darman

Russia and the Caspian Region

Aizhana Jussupbekova

Mid-Continent North America Region

Chris Jenkins
Chesapeake Energy

Latin America and Caribbean Region

Cesar Patiño

South Asia and the Pacific Region

T.K. Sengupta
ONGC (Ret.)

South, Central and East Europe Region

Jean-Marc Dumas
Aedes Energy International

Middle East and North Africa Region 

Faisal Al-Nughaimish
Saudi Aramco

North America Region

Barry Hanson