2021 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.


Tom Blasingame2021 SPE President

Tom Blasingame
Texas A&M University
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Tom Blasingame is a Professor and holder of the Robert L. Whiting Professorship in the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station Texas.  He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M — all in Petroleum Engineering.  In teaching and research activities, he focuses on petrophysics, reservoir engineering, analysis/interpretation of well performance, exploitation of unconventional reservoirs, and technical mathematics. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at Texas A&M.  He served as Assistant Department Head (Graduate Programs) for the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M from 1997 to 2003, and has been recognized with several teaching and service awards from Texas A&M.

Blasingame is a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (2000) and the recipient of the SPE Distinguished Service Award (2005), the SPE Uren Award (for technology contributions before age 45) (2006), the SPE Lucas Medal (SPE's preeminent technical award) (2012), the SPE DeGolyer Distinguished Service Medal (2013), the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty (2014), and SPE Honorary Membership (2015).  He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2005-2006) and as the SPE Technical Director for Reservoir Description and Dynamics (2015-2018).  He has prepared approximately 160 technical articles and has chaired numerous technical committees and technical meetings.  


Shauna Noonan2020 SPE President

Shauna Noonan
Occidental Petroleum
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Shauna Noonan is the Senior Director of Supply Chain Management – International and Gulf of Mexico assets for Occidental Petroleum Corporation, based in The Woodlands, TX. Until December 2020, she was the Director of Artificial Lift Engineering for Oxy based in Houston, where she directed 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, is a frequent speaker at industry events and has received several industry awards, including the SPE Regional award for Production and Operations by the Gulf Coast section. She has driven the development of industry standards and recommended practices for artificial lift systems while serving as chair for ISO and API committees. She served on the SPE International Board of Directors as the Technical Director for Production and Operations from 2012-2015 and returned to lead the SPEI Board as the 2020 SPE President.

In 2020, Hart Energy Magazine named her as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Energy. Noonan holds a BS degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Alberta.


Kamel Ben-Naceur2022 SPE President

Kamel Ben-Naceur
Nomadia Energy
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Kamel Ben-Naceur is CEO of Nomadia Energy Consulting, where he advises on sustainable energy policies and global/regional energy economics and outlooks. He has worked as a chief economist for a major oil and gas company and oilfield services company.

Ben-Naceur has also worked as a director of the International Energy Agency and as an energy minister for the Tunisian government.

He has chaired several SPE global committees, including Business Management and Leadership, the International Forum Series, and CO2 Capture and Storage. He has also taught several SPE courses on global energy, and strategic thinking and planning. He was technical director for Management & Information on the SPE International Board of Directors from 2008–2011. Ben-Naceur was also an SPE Distinguished Lecturer from 2009–2010 and received an SPE Distinguished Member Award and SPE Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

He has coauthored over 120 publications and 17 books.

Ben-Naceur holds a bachelor’s degree from the Paris Diderot University and a master’s degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.


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, Calgary, 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.

Technical Directors

David ReidDrilling

David Reid

Annamaria PetroneHealth, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability

Annamaria Petrone

Erdal OzkanReservoir

Erdal Ozkan
Colorado School of Mines

Terry PalischCompletions

Terry Palisch
Carbo Ceramics

Robert PearsonProduction and Facilities

Robert Pearson
Glynn Resources


Silviu LivescuData Science and Engineering Analytics

Silviu Livescu
Baker Hughes

Regional Directors

photo of Iledare Africa Region

Omowumi Iledare
University of Cape Coast

Nasir Darman

Asia Pacific Region

Nasir Darman

Neil KavanaghAsia Pacific Region

Neil Kavanagh
Woodside Energy

Laura PrecupanuEurope Region

Laura Precupanu
OMV Petrom

Gail RamdathLatin America and the Caribbean Region

Gail Ramdath
Tucker Energy Services

Qasem Al-Kayoumi

Middle East and North Africa Region

Qasem Al-Kayoumi

Faisal Al-NughaimishMiddle East and North Africa Region

Faisal Al-Nughaimish
Saudi Aramco

Steve CheungNorth America Region

Steve Cheung
SteveIOR Consultants

Zachary Evans

North America Region

Zachary Evans

Deb RyanNorth America Region

Deb Ryan
Swan Mountain Engineering

Ignatiy VolnovRussia and the Caspian Region

Ignatiy Volnov